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A stain is a discoloration of a material, caused by another material or liquid. For cleaning help, use with the [cleaning] tag. For staining wood, use the [staining] tag instead. Asking for cleaning product suggestions is off-topic.

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Thoughts on fixing old wooden front door? [closed]

100 year old front door is very weathered, you can see some orange tinted stain and completely worn off in other areas. This door does open up to a closet door immediately in the doorway so I am ...
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Stain not drying on hardwoods

We’re staining our sanded hardwood floors with a Minwax oil based stain. We were staining our floors without heat in the house, while it was cooler and damp outside. It’s been almost 24 hours with our ...
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How can I prevent stubborn mildew on an outdoor fir plank ceiling?

This is mildew on the underside of a porch ceiling stained with Rubio Hybrid Wood Protector with extra M1 Mildewcide added. The substrate is Douglas Fir, which was stored under cover, then sanded and ...
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Wood stain didn't take in some areas. Not sure how to proceed. What should I do next?

I tried staining the treads on some stairs we had installed. And, for the most part, it looks really good. But, the stain didn't seem to take in a couple areas. Here is an image showing one example ...
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Was there lead in old wood stain? [duplicate]

Does anyone know anything about interior blue-greenish wood stain? Presumably from 1953, when my house was built. Worried because i have a little one. Would really appreciate any insight. I have been ...
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Can this stained granite countertop be saved?

Here is my kitchen granite countertop, which is a different color in the high-traffic areas! It's been like this for ages. Is there any fix for this?
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What are the dark spots on wall around electric outlet?

The mark does not come off when rubbed or scrubbed lightly. It doesn’t streak or smudge. It is to the side and the bottom of the outlet cut-out. The outlet is in the sub-grade lower level of a split ...
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Polyurethane coating drying splotchy, despite stain taking to the wood just fine

The issue: I've been refinishing an old table I've had sitting around for years that was in terrible shape, stain-wise. Yesterday I sanded off the old stain down to 220, wiped up the dust with a damp ...
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High Silica content in well water is etching glass shower doors - Help!

We have two showers with the frameless glass shower doors that look horrible from the buildup, and these doors were "treated" when we bought them so we wouldn't have to worry about buildup. ...
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Can I stain my recently-installed Hollandstone brick pavers (patio)

We just had a hollandstone brick paver patio installed. One problem: wife had sent the contractor the wrong paver color. Patio is a “River” hollandstone from unilock (mostly tans with some blue/gray). ...
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How do I mask off stained wood without damaging the finish?

I'm trying to paint a surface that meets up at a slight angle with some stained wood edging that is part of my wood floor. I started covering up the wood with blue painter's tape, and noticed when ...
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How should I go about troubleshooting this brown spot that appeared on my master bathroom ceiling?

This brown spot recently appeared on our master bathroom ceiling. This is a second floor ceiling. The attic is above this room. The HVAC is in the attic above this room. It's not directly over it, ...
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What are these circles on my ceiling?

Hoping you may be able to provide some insight. We moved into our current house three years ago and noticed some circles on the ceiling.   The circles are varying size, feel smooth and dry, and have ...
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Stain on internal wall

Hi there I have a stain on internal wall under the window. Only in living room. Brick wall. Stain has been painted but always came back. House has been insulated (external wall) last year but the ...
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Can I apply stain overtop of watersealer?

I have watersealed my deck using Thompson clear watersealer this year. This product specifically. I'm not loving the faded look though already, and I think I'd like to stain it instead. What kind of ...
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Fixing blotches in stained pine

I installed Anderson double-hung, divided-light windows with a pine-clad interior. The rest of the wood trim in that dining room is fir, which stains fairly nicely. A little blotching on the fir doors ...
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Sticky desk after staining

I have a desk that needed restaining. I applied wood stain like paint. The desk looks beautiful but it’s sticky and didn’t dry. What do I do? Can I leave it like that? Will it ever dry?
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How to ensure lasting deck stain

We stained our deck / porch / stairs last October / November using a semi-transparent oil-based stain (from Behr), and the stain has already come mostly off in high traffic areas. We worked pretty ...
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How To Remove Rug Stain/Discoloration on Concrete Patio

Seeing if anyone can help me to get rid of this stain/discoloration left behind from an outdoor rug. We had this patio laid last summer and we chose to have it tinted a slightly darker grey than ...
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How to remove old paint from deck

I am wits end for trying to get old paint of our deck. Its been starting to chip so we wanted to remove it and stain. So far I have tried the following: Pressure washer. both electric and gas - doesn'...
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Black moldy-looking spots on clothes after washing

The past week our clothes have been coming out of the washing machine with these black, mold looking spots caked on to them. They are greenish-black and feel rubbery. But I do not see any mold growing ...
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Concrete stains after cleaning with water

I cleaned the concrete balcony when it was raining, just poured some water on it and went at it with a brush, I wouldn't even say I used a lot of water. Now there's quite heavy staining, especially ...
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How to get yellow out of sink surface?

It’s not real marble I don’t think but the yellow stains are gross looking — this is a rental apt pls help Click for full size
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How to clean and maintain composite sinks?

Our kitchen was fitted less than one month ago. Everything runs very smoothly and is still very shiny, but our composite sink is staining very quickly. I have read that they should be very simple to ...
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Best stain for a deck made of pressure treated wood

We recently got our deck redone with new planks of pressure-treated wood. We were advised by the contractor to give the planks 6 months before staining. It's time now. We live in central Indiana. The ...
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How to Remove Unknown Stain from Bathtub?

I recently moved into a new home and want to remove a stain from the bathtub. The tub is older and almost a dark pink in colour so stains show up well. I have already tried scrubbing it with Comet, ...
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How to Remove Shellac Primer from Laminate Floor?

I recently used some shellac-based primer to cover some caulk and accidentally sprayed in on laminate flooring not realizing how much of a pain it would be to remove. Does anyone have any suggestions ...
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What is this black substance in my pool area? [closed]

I found this in my pool area on the floor of my painted brick pilar. Anyone know what it could be and the cause please?? Thank you :)
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How to remove stain from wooden door? [closed]

I bought an intricately carved door from Turkey. The door is beautiful with light wood. However, they put an orange stain on it. I did not want stain. I wanted natural. It cannot be returned. How can ...
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Safest solvent for removing concrete stain

I’d like to remove Behr solid concrete stain from a patio. What would be the safest product for stripping it off? https://www.behr.com/consumer/products/floor-coatings-sealers-and-prep/concrete-stains/...
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Would paint or stain last longer on 15 yr old, badly weathered cedar fascia

Preparing to move into 15 yr old home that has (4) 12/12 & 14/12 Aesthetic gables in the front of house. The gables were initially stained with a dark stain, & are VERY BADLEY weather worn ...
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How to stain bleached wood to match its original natural colour (and then finish)?

Similar to this post, so apologies if it fully overlaps and I'm just misunderstanding. I used sanding & oxalic acid to lighten / bleach out a dark cat urine stain from our 1952 hardwood floors (...
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How to remove this type of stain from marble/stone floor?

In reference to the photo, these are stains I spotted when looking directly under light right beside my bath mat. Its also very close to my toilet. I'm not sure if there stains due to heavy water or ...
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Stair case remodel staining inconsistent color

I decided to remove the carpet on staircase sanded all the old finished one down completely. Finally got to staining the stair treads. First time doing this big of a project. Used miniwax water based ...
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Paintable wood sealer - does this exist

I have ground contact (MCA) wood which has dried for some number of weeks. I was thinking of sealing it to maximize exterior lifetime over many years and was wondering if there is a type of sealer ...
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How to deal with stain lap marks in cedar tongue & groove ceiling boards

I made a mistake when applying a dark oil stain on a T&G cedar ceiling, and I have lap marks which I would like to remove. The 6-12in laps are notably darker if viewed from certain angles. The ...
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Stains in the bathroom

We have some stains in our bathroom with shower. We already painted our bathroom 2 times by ourselves and 1 time was professionally painted with primer and then with paint. After 2 months, when ...
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Can you suggest potential causes of these blemishes on a drywall ceiling?

My house has two floors. These blemishes are on the first floor ceiling, along the southern wall. The floor joists run east-west (left to right in the first picture). The blemishes do not pass beyond ...
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How to drain a toilet bowl?

I want to clean a stained porcelain toilet bowl. It feels like a small crusty coral reef right at the bottom in the water, visible to anyone looking down. I suspect its like calcium/lime but this is ...
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What is this gray material/film on the edge of my desk?

There is this gray material that only appears along the edges of my desk but on both exterior and interior edges. I inspected the desk closely after I first assembled it and did not find this material....
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How to get white paint stains out of black silgranit sink [closed]

The other day a painter came to paint a wall white and he washed his tools and buckets in my black kitchen sink that's made out of silgranit. I don't know the composition of the material but it's got ...
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How do I make this stain darker/ more saturated?

I am trying to stain this product to match the cabinet face shown in the picture below. I believe the cabinet is made from oak, based on the grain pattern. I did a few test applications. "A"...
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How can I coat a Jacuzzi tub to cover stains?

I have a badly stained bathtub that's in good shape. The previous owner put in a Jacuzzi tub in 2018 and I'm guessing immediately began dying her hair blue and purple leaving this great tub/shower ...
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Dark water stains on wood

How do I get dark water stains out of wood? Do I have to sand it? I accidentally left a cup on this Antique wooden buffet and it left a dark round mark that also is kind of white. I'm currently hiding ...
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Do I need pre-stain?

I posted a question a couple months ago trying to understand the staining/finishing methods for a butchers block that I will be using as a desktop for my standing desk. I ended up buying BEHR Water-...
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Fish oil stained hardwood floor

We have several fish oil stains that have soaked into our hardwood floor. I have tried to clean it and sand it out but it does not seem to be coming up. If I can't get it out, is there a way I can ...
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how to remove water stain in sanded wood furniture

I have stripped the paint and sanded down a wood cedar chest. The top still has a deep circular stain that I think is from water. I keep sanding the area but the ring still persists. Do I bleach ...
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Fix oil stain on wooden parquet floor

I placed a bag that had something in it that was leaking vegetable oil on a wooden floor, and I now need to fix the problem. I've tried contacting multiple professionals, but it seems this is too ...
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Sanding stained surface to tone down shade

I am refurbishing an old door that had many coats of paint I removed. It has 7 panels, which I am staining, and the frame will be painted semi-gloss. After staining on one side of the door, I wasn't ...
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These odd stains for appeared in the top room of my house. They weren’t here a couple of days ago. Could they be mold? Water stains?

Blotchy stains on the ceiling. These go all around the room. [
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