Questions tagged [stain]

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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How do I remove white beverage stains from my dark finished wood table?

Simple question: How do I remove the white powdery stains from my finished wood dining room table? I've already tried Bona and cleaning the stains gently with a soft plastic scrubbie. It really seems ...
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Remove Polyurethane - Keeping stain, to add additional stain

I recently finished several doors in our house, using two coats of stain - one each of a different stain - and polyurethane to finish. For one door, I forgot to put on the 2nd coat of stain by ...
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Leaking Steam Radiator Pipe?

Just noticed a brown stain on my dinning room ceiling. It's almost directly above a cast iron radiator on the second floor. I know the water in the system gets iron deposits which must be why it's ...
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Best Concrete for Pet Headstone

I spend a lot of times on other areas of stackexchange, but this looked to be the best place to ask the following question. Feel free to let me know if it isn't. I'm going to layout exactly what I'm ...
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How can I remove white 'splatter' which has partially seeped into a wooden panel?

I'm looking at a wooden wardrobe, which has... well, seen a lot of punishment. But in this question I'm focusing on how its side was splattered/stained with white material which is either whitewash, ...
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Desk still tacky in a few places after a week and a half

I have been reading all of these looking for an answer. I stained my desk with two coats, oil base, then we had humidity. I have yet to do a clear coat. Most of this desk has dried yet still some ...
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How to achieve a sun-bleached effect with wood stain

I have a new wood shelf that I am trying to stain to a sun-bleached colour. I believe the wood is pine. Before staining, I sanded thoroughly with grit 60, 100, 150, 220. I also used a conditioner ...
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How to remove stains from tile?

I have a very weird stain on the bathroom floor of an apartment I just moved into. Is there an easy way to remove this stain? Also, what is the material of this tile? Is it like a concrete tile? Or ...
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Gel stain is too dark on a brand new fiber glass door. How can I fix it?

Can I take the stain off? Use a lighter stain on top? Or do I use paint on top? I hate the dark color and want it off. I wish we didn't stain it at all.
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Ceiling signs of roof leak

I live in a house built in 1959. Not sure if ceiling is sheetrock or plaster. Although I don't have any 'stains' or obvious leaking, even during heavy rains, in a couple of different rooms I have a ...
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Will mineral spirits reduce the appearance of lap marks on a stained floor?

we used the Minwax All In One water-based floor stain on a very large area of flooring. The starting and stopping caused dark blotchy stains all over my floor. We tried going over it again and it ...
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Can I rough sand a deck before rain, and finish sand after rain dries?

I am in the process of sanding and staining a new deck (built in June) but the weather is not being very cooperative. I know stain needs to sit 48 hrs before being rained on, and that wood needs to be ...
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What can I do when coats of paint won’t hide/cover the shadow left on a wall by wooden shelves

I have a wall in my dining room that has had a pine wood bookcase hanging on it for 13 years. Today, I unscrewed it from the wall so that I can paint the wall. But every time the paint dries, a ‘...
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How do i get a wet bicarbonate of soda stain out of my carpet?

I had a stain on my carpet, the professional came round tried to remove it and later it turned pink, he told me to add bicarbonate of soda watered down 1/5, the pink faded but not completely he said ...
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Why is the paint around my ceiling air vent discolored?

What is this pattern of discoloration around my ceiling AC supply vent, and how can I stop it from happening again if I repaint? Background: In September 2016, I had an air conditioning system ...
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How do I go about leveling out streak marks in my wood stain?

I used knotty alder wood and sanded to 320 with a random orbital sander. Knotty Alder Min-Wax Pre-Stain Conditioner Min-Wax Oil-Based Stain Applied with t-shirt rag I see streak marks in my staining ...
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How can I prevent water trail stains on bathroom drywall?

In an upstairs bathroom, I found these water trail stains on a wall. There's no plumbing behind the wall so I imagine these are from humidity. What I'm curious about is whether there's any way to ...
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Second Coat of Latex Stain

I stained my deck with Behr semi-transparent waterproofing wood stain. It is NOT an oil based product. It is more of a paint. For the most part it worked well and the water is beading on the deck. ...
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Round brown spots on living room walls?

We moved in just shy of a year ago. In the past month these spots have been showing up- they are dry to the touch and only in our living room - on both the interior and exterior walls. For reference ...
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Are These Ceiling Stains From Cigarette Smoke?

We purchased a home recently and there is a lot of discoloration on the ceiling of the living room. Can someone tell me based on the photo below, if you can tell what would have caused these stains? ...
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Re-staining with a lighter stain

I'm trying to restore a piece of furniture that has sentimental value. It is currently stained with a very dark (mahogany?) color: However, I would like to stain it a much lighter color (Maple, using ...
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How to fix newbies deck stain mistakes without sanding the whole deck

I applied Thompson Waterproof semi-transparent stain to sanded and cleaned deck(pressure treated wood approximately a year old) It was nice dry summery day with temp around 70 and I started first ...
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Remove silicone stain from ceiling

I made a mistake and ended up with a very light coat of cured silicone spread in the ceiling. So looking at an angle, this ceiling area is shining. I can't just scrap it off because it very thin and ...
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What is this dark stain on my flooring and can I fix it?

I have either engineered hardwood or laminated flooring. This was where my dog's water bowl had been Is this mold?
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How to remove infused thin layer of gum from carpet or repair?

I had gum that stuck to the carpet. So after removing most of it and cleaning the carpet and my chair's wheels going over it for months, a thin hard layer of gum seems to have infused with the carpet ...
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Is it normal for a professional hardwood refinishing to not have removed black stains? (pet/iron oxide)

I recently had the hardwoods in my new (old) house professionally refinished. Besides the decades-old finish having been worn down completely, there were also black iron oxide stains throughout. After ...
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Yellowing around crown molding

I live in an older home (built in 1929) in NJ and one of bedrooms has yellowing showing around all the crown molding. The room is below the attic and the attic is insulated above the ceiling. I don’t ...
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Paint vs polyurethane durability

For an indoor project that is likely to get bumped, knocked, etc. (e.g., door or window casing, cabinets, built-in bookshelves, etc.), should one expect that a good quality paint will resist chipping ...
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Staining + sealing cedar for outdoors

I've made an outdoor cabinet out of cedar. I like the natural look, but I used various other wood species like white oak as "moulding" and am thinking I would like a uniform look. I would like the ...
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How to get rid of smell after wood stain applied?

I recently stained some homemade wooden buttons for my wife. The buttons were bade from poplar wooden dowels sliced to 2-3mm thickness. Some quick light sanding was done to each button. I then used ...
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Winterizing new wet-treated pressure treated pine deck

We’re in a townhome and replaced our small 2nd floor deck/porch with wet-treated pressure treated pine 3-4 weeks ago. We had to do it well in advance of the other units for safety reasons. There’s a ...
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Deck Staining with a little light drizzle

Can I apply deck stain if there is a slight drizzle of rain?
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How to safely clean/remove recent mouse urine stain in carpet

I recently dealt with a singular mouse that got into an open door (when roommate/landlord was bringing in groceries) and, in the midst of hunting down the mouse, it urinated on the carpet, leaving a ...
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How can I remove dark stains from laminate flooring?

This is laminate flooring. Not planks. No idea what the stain is at all! Any suggestions on how to get it out or what it is? Response to answers below: I have not tried steam cleaning. I heard water ...
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Staining a 130 year old pine floor

So.. we decided to rip up carpet and plywood to find original planks (pine) in one of the third floor rooms in our 1880 home. Fast forward to save you on reading.. I applied a penetrating oil based ...
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How to remove watermarks from porcelain sinks?

I bought a new (ceramic) soap dispenser a couple of weeks back and now there's a watermark on my porcelain sink where I used to keep it (picture below with increased contrast). First off, I don't ...
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How to resurface a patch of hardwood floor? Reapplying stain and poly

Resurfacing Background So about a year ago, I resurfaced my entire upstairs by myself. In the process of doing so, I water popped the floors, went with an oil based stain, and a water based poly. I ...
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Why does this paint (or stain, or whatever) not want to stick to my fence?

I've spent an hour or so painting this fence (more unpictured), but the paint I'm using seems to be really pathetic at actually colouring the fence. Is this even the right paint for the job? The ...
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Bathroom shower grout stain mystery

I completely redid my shower with quartzite slabs. The ground was done in glass chiclets and bright white sanded grout. About two weeks later we noticed this stain bleeding in from the bottom edge of ...
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Is there any way to stain white pine to match a natural red pine?

We are building a bed frame and my hubby accidentally got white pine for the head board, but red pine for the posts and the wood for the sides of the bed. We wanted to stain the whole bed a rustic ...
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Why does my dyed wood look so blotchy?

I am using Transtint dye mixed at the correct ratio with denatured alcohol, and applying it to surfaced red oak. This is what it looks like: Its incredibly blotchy, much more than I would expect from ...
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How to stop copper pipe corrosion (green copper stain in sinks and tubs)

I have couple of questions to the experts. I see copper stains (green/blue) in my sinks and at shower tubs. I had comprehensive water analysis done. Water was sampled from tap after flushing. My water ...
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Protect tile grout from wood stain when staining fireplace surround

We just had a new gas fireplace installed and the contractors built a wooden surround / mantel for it, but I asked them to leave the staining / finishing to me (I'm a hobbyist furniture maker, so I ...
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Prevent washer from leaving brown splotchy stains on clothes

Our clothes will periodically come out of our washing machine with brown splotchy stains. I suspect it's either rust or oil/grease getting into the drum. How can I diagnose what it is exactly, and ...
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staining the lumber

I have some old decking boards which I'm planning to sand and re-use for new deck. It it not pressure-treated wood, and it has never been stained or painted etc. So I would like somehow to prevent ...
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Repair espresso stained oak furniture

One of those kids glow in the dark bracelets leaked overnight onto our nightstand and it dissolved the finish. I sanded it down to what I thought was bare wood, but the new stain is not taking very ...
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Paint or stain 150 year old door?

The door to my house is about 150 years old, and I just had it stripped to get rid of a dozen layers of paint. My original plans were to prime and paint the door, but it is so beautiful I wonder if ...
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How to make pressure treated wood look old quickly

We are adding a porch onto our old tobacco barn and are using pressure treated lumber. We started in July to prepare for my daughter's outdoor wedding in late October. I would like for the porch wood ...
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how do I remove copper stain coming from plumbing?

I have that blue stain in my bathtub The stain comes from my plumbing, which probably contains copper that rusted and creates that stain. I tried to remove it with bleacher but to no avail. Do you ...
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Should additional coats of polyurethane be applied after removing roughness?

Why did polyurethane make wood feel coarse? In reference to the above thread... If the first suggested solution seems to work to solve the coarseness issue, i.e. "polishing" the rough areas with ...