A vinyl floor can be a beautiful addition to your home, however, when there are stains on the floor, it can detract from the beauty. There are some steps to take to keep your vinyl flooring looking great and free of stains. Most of the time a vinyl floor can be maintained with a cleaner designed to be used on vinyl floors, but there may be times when you need something a little stronger to get the tough stains out.
Test the floor in an inconspicuous area before you use a strong chemical on your vinyl floor. An area hidden in a corner or closet will be fine for your test. Test the rags you are using too. Some of the strong chemicals may bleed dye out of the rags. It is always best to use a plain white rag without any dye to clean the stains from the vinyl floor.
Bleach is a good cleaner for tough stains such as: tomato juice, fruit juices and wine. Dilute the bleach with water in a ratio of one part bleach to four parts water. To remove the stain, soak the white rag with the bleach mixture and lay it over the stain. It may have to remain on the stand for at least an hour to completely remove it.
Alcohol is another solvent that can be used on the tough stains on your vinyl floor. Isopropyl alcohol can be found in the drug store along with lighter fluid, which will remove scuff marks and tough stains. When handling these materials, use caution. Alcohol and lighter fluid are flammable materials and could pose a risk if the rags are not disposed of properly.
Oxalic Acid is a good cleaner for rust stains on your vinyl flooring. You can find it in paint stores possibly labeled as wood bleach. Be sure to check the label that the product you purchase contains oxalic acid. You can often rub the stain from the floor, but for very stubborn stains, lay the rag over the stain for a few minutes to remove it. Repeat as necessary and thoroughly rinse the floor when finished removing the stain.
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