Vinyl is an inexpensive and very cost efficient way to replace your old flooring. Many families have chosen vinyl as an alternative to tiles because of their price mostly and also because they look modern and good looking like parquet but without having to pay a fortune for them. The biggest problem about vinyl is its easiness to get stained and how difficult it may be to remove these stains if you don’t know how to do it properly. In the following article, we are going to show you some tips to get rid of those annoying and stubborn stains, forever. This is a very cheap alternative to replace your vinyl, because usually the only option to remove some stains is to replace a small part of your vinyl flooring but, this may be a problem too because you may not have the same vinyl available at all times.
First thing you are going to need is a piece of cloth, but you shouldn’t use any piece of cloth. Colored fabrics may stain your floor even more! So, make sure you use a white one. As a safety precaution, if you have pilot lights, turn them off because some of the solutions we are going to propose you include some flammable chemicals that, even they don’t pose a threat, may be a risk and the more safety the better. Needless to say, when you are working with these products you must wear rubber gloves at all times, protect your eyes with safety glasses and don’t expose your skin in any area where you think you can spill these products on. Another great idea to prevent further discoloration in your floor is to test the products in any hidden area of your floor, if these products are harming it or decolorating it, you’d better use other solution for your problem.
Isopropyl Alcohol is a very good solution in order to remove some marks, and work miracles with the ones caused by shoe scuffs. This alcohol is usually known as rubbing alcohol and can be found almost everywhere and it’s also does a terrific job of cleaning the slats of Venetian blinds. As we already said before, this one is highly flammable so, turn off pilot lights and obviously don’t smoke anywhere near this!
If your stains are liquid ones like wine, fruit or tomato juices or similar, you may try to use bleach. Yes, the regular bleach you use for any other household issues. First, mix two parts of water with one part of bleach and then use the aforementioned cloth and soak it until is really damp and then lay it over the stain. Let it there until it is completely dry. Don’t scrub too much with it. If the stains are rust, you can also use oxalic acid, which is also known as wood bleach.
Laundry detergent may also be good. Mix powdered one with water and create a paste that is less aggressive than other products and may work wonders for you. This one you should scrub quite a lot.