How to Remove Turmeric Stains from Wood [Hardwood Floor, Furniture…]

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We’ve all used turmeric at some point in our lives. Whether for kitchen or skin application, this Indian ingredient is full of great benefits. However, the problem arises when you drop some of it on the wrong surface. The thing with turmeric is it contains curcumin which tends to leave a noticeable stain regardless of where it lands.

The good news is that we’ve found various practical methods for removing the turmeric stain. Even though there are many good ways to do this, the ones we will discuss today are ones capable of removing turmeric stains from the wood. Therefore, whether you have stained your hardwood floor or another wood surface, these cleaning tips will help you solve the problem.

I-How to Remove Turmeric Stains from Wood Surfaces

1-Baking Soda

We like starting with baking soda because it’s available in almost every house. It’s also inexpensive, safe for wood, and provides quick results with minimal effort. And to get the turmeric stain off the wood surface, you’ll have to create a paste by mixing baking soda with water.

First of all, combine half a cup of baking soda with a quart of warm water. Blend the mixture well until it forms the desired consistency. Apply the paste to the stained area and wipe it down with a clean towel.

If the stain does not come off after the first application, you can repeat this technique.


If you own a hardwood floor, you have probably heard how dangerous it’s to clean it with vinegar. Vinegar can indeed damage the hardwood floor’s finish by making it look dingy. But this only occurs when used in the wrong way.

To benefit from vinegar’s cleaning properties without harming your wood floor, mix 1/4 cup vinegar for every 2 cups of water. Scrub the turmeric-stained area with a towel or a sponge dipped in the solution. Then, rinse the treated area and repeat if necessary.

The only thing you should keep in mind is that you should not leave this solution sitting on your hardwood floor. In other words, right after scrubbing the stain, you should rinse the area with water.

Remark: If you don’t like the smell of vinegar, use lemon juice. Lemon juice is just as good as vinegar, while it has a pleasant smell, which makes it a better choice.


On top of reducing dental plaque and improving gingival, your toothpaste can also be a great way to remove a turmeric stain.

Apply some toothpaste onto the discolored area. Rub it until it feels warm to the touch, then wipe clean. While any toothpaste can suffice, those containing bicarbonate of soda is the most effective.

II-What to Do When the Turmeric Stain Refuses to Come off?

If you’re cleaning an expensive wood surface, such as your hardwood floor, and the turmeric stain refuses to come off, you should stop right away. We strongly advise against combining different home products without ensuring they are safe to use on wood.

For example, bleach, a typical cleaning product, is not safe to use on a hardwood floor. This product can break down the wood’s finish, cause discoloration, and weaken the structure.

Ok, so what’s the best thing to do in this case? Glad you asked. What we recommend doing in such a situation is to a call wood cleaning experts to help you solve the problem. I understand that this may be an expensive way to remove a little stain. Nevertheless, it’s the safest option when you’re out of ideas.


When using a new product, always test it on an inconspicuous part of the wood surface you wish to clean. Also, no matter how bad the turmeric stain seems, it should be easy to remove when using the aforementioned methods.

We hope the tips we’ve shared with you above have helped you remove the turmeric stain from the wood. And as usual, it’s always a pleasure to read your feedback. Therefore, if you got in your pocket an effective way that we didn’t cover above, feel free to share with us in the comment section below.

If you often use turmeric, we recommend reading our guide on How to Remove Turmeric Stains from Quartz Countertops.

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