Cleaning White Water Stains on Vinyl Flooring?

March 7, 2016

Anyone know how to get a water stain out? The floor is wood grain vinyl and where water has sat on it, it turned a white color. Thanks!



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September 15, 20170 found this helpful

I would try putting a wet tea bag on it, and some of the color can seep in. Leave it on until you get the color you want.

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November 21, 20170 found this helpful

I had a large white water stain on our vinyl plank flooring which was caused by leaving our damp vacuum/steamer mop on the floor too long. And one of our dogs urinated on another area which left a white stain (after cleaning it.) I was unsuccessful performing the vinegar/water trick and mineral oil. I was getting ready to try the bleach & water on the wet rag trick, but decided to go over the stains a few times with the vacuum/steam mop and it worked! No more stains! The flooring looks like new again.

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February 19, 20190 found this helpful

Time is the solution to removing water stains on your luxury vinyl planking. What happens is the water is trapped between the flooring and whatever object that is wet. Slowly the water penetrates the outer layer of the planking. Once the object is removed, it takes about 7 days for the moisture to slowly leave the outer layer. The same process that stained the floor is the same process used to remove window tinting. Just spray the window tint with water or window cleaner, and cover it with plastic.


The moisture will penetrate the tint over so many hours and the tint can be peeled off easily. Using chemicals to remove the stains may do it quicker but often tend to weaken the outer layer of the flooring. I had a milky white water stain on my luxury vinyl planking floor from a flower pot. In a week it disappeared on it's own. It just takes time for it to exit the flooring. I hope this helps! :)

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May 27, 20190 found this helpful

After several days of waiting there was no change in the white film that appeared on my vinyl plank floor after steam mopping. It looks like hard water deposits but I had used the recommended distilled water. Overall it affects about half of the 8X15 room. Going over again with the steam mop did nothing. Vinegar did not work. Broke down and tried Barkeepers Friend.


This lightened the white some but did not remove it. Last resort is CLR spray. That seems to work but I have been leaving it on for 15-20 min. I have been using a toothbrush and nylon scrub sponge to work the CLR. It is slow going and fortunately it is not a large room or heavily trafficked.

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August 10, 2013

My kitchen flooring is vinyl with a black marble look. The floor near our dog's water bowl has become white. Apparently there was a little water on the floor for a few hours. How can I get the original color back?

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August 12, 20130 found this helpful

If this is caused by water from the dogs bowl, and is on the surface, surely washing with vinegar will remove it. It must just be some limescale from the water evaporating on the floor.

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August 12, 20130 found this helpful

The mark is most likely from the salts and minerals in the water, try scrubbing the area with a baking soda and soap paste followed by a vinegar wash.

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