There was some hand-disinfectant dropped on a lacquered wooden floor. Tried to remove as much as possible with a wet tissue but the stains shown in the picture remained... Anyone knows what could be used to remove these effectively?

enter image description here

2 Answers 2


I think you're going to have to sand and refinish the floor, or at least a portion of it.

Hand sanitizer contains a high concentration of alcohol which is a good solvent for many types of wood coatings inclulding lacquer. The portions that appear white look as though some or all of the finish has been cleaned off. No additional "removal" is going to remove that since the problem is that the finish has been removed.

With a floor like this you may be able to sand and refinish only a section by using the natural lines and different wood tones to your advantage to choose an area that can be refinished vs. doing the entire floor.


Many disinfectants contain alcohol which will have damaged the lacquer - so it will need relacquering...

This means you either try to do a patch or the whole surface.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.