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Get Rid of Stains on Vinyl Flooring

Don’t know what to do about a stain on your floor? We’ve got some topical solutions to get rid of stains from your vinyl flooring.


Before you begin, it is important to make sure you’ve got a white cloth for your scrubbing needs. This is because the coloring on the colored cloths may pass from the cloth to the flooring surface and stain it even further. Secondly, remember to wear rubber gloves to protect your hands while you get rid of the stain. Finally, it is very important to test a small area of your flooring to make sure the solution does not discolor the vinyl further.

Some topical solutions for getting rid of stains from your vinyl flooring include:
  • Bleach : For liquid stains such as juice or wine, household bleach may do the trick. Mix one part bleach, and one part water. Soak a rag in the solution and let it lay over the stain. Be sure to check on the progress of removal every 5 to 10 minutes to ensure the bleach does not strip your flooring of its color.
  • Oxalic Acid: This can be used for stubborn rust stains. This solution may also be named “Wood Bleach”. The application is the same as above for the bleach.
  • Isopropyl Alcohol: Also known as Rubbing Alcohol, this is perfect for removing shoe scuffs from your flooring.
  • Laundry Detergent: Mix powdered laundry detergent with water to create a white paste. Apply paste on the floor where you’d like to get rid of stains and scrub until clean. This is a gentler alternative to the solutions above.
  • Vinegar: Vinegar is a multi-purpose liquid. It can be used to assist in the removal of stains by mixing one cup of vinegar with one gallon of warm water. You may wish to mop afterward to get rid of the scent vinegar leaves behind.
  • Dish Soap: Sometimes, the solution is simpler than you might think. Before you try any of the above, be sure to use your dish soap as it is by far the gentlest option listed for your flooring. Be sure to rinse your cloth well to prevent soap build-up.

While these tips are simple, they are quite effective. If you have any additional questions on this topic, please feel free to comment below!

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