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Last week, we gave you some cool tips on how we can remove tough stains from hardwood and concrete, right? Now, let’s continue discussing how we can deal with tough stains but this time, we will give you tips on how to do that with vinyl, tile and carpet flooring!
REMOVE STAINS FROM VINYL
Vinyl flooring is a more popular choice in bathrooms and kitchens because of its low maintenance, (it is stain- and water-resistant), ease of installation and affordability. Although it is relatively resistant to stains, vinyl flooring can still get them, and it is still susceptible to discolouration and scuff marks. To clean the stains, use dishwashing liquid and water then dry. If that does not work, you can mix one tablespoon of ammonia with a quart of warm water. Pour a small amount of that mixture onto the stain and allow it to sit for about ten minutes. Scrub using a brush if necessary, then rinse and dry.
For scuff marks, you can use mineral spirits. Pour some onto a cloth and blot the scuff or you can also soak a cloth in lighter fluid then rub the scuff mark. Afterwards, rinse with water and dry.
Vinyl can discolour over time or if it gets exposed to direct sunlight. This, unfortunately, is permanent, so the only way to fight this problem is by preventing it from happening. You can use kitchen rugs and bathroom mats as floor protection.
REMOVE STAINS FROM TILE
The tile itself is susceptible to stains, but it is the grout you have to watch out for. If you get a spot or a stain on your tiles, you may use a nonabrasive all-purpose cleaner. If that does not work, make a mixture of diluted bleach and hydrogen peroxide – it works on the tile as it does on concrete! Just be to sure to spot-test before applying to avoid discolouration. If, after removing the stain and the tile does not look as vibrant as it used to, use lemon juice to refresh it. Afterwards, rinse thoroughly with water and dry it with a cloth.
For grout stains, make a paste out of baking soda and water, then rub the paste into the grout stain. Allow it to sit for a few hours or even overnight, then scrub it off using a nylon brush.
REMOVE STAINS FROM CARPET
Most carpet stains can be removed by using a vinegar solution:
*2 tbsp. salt
*2 tbsp. borax
*1/2 cup vinegar
Make the mixture and pour over the stain, let it dry completely and vacuum up the mixture. Most stains will be gone after doing this.
For red wine spills, you can pour a bit of white wine on top of it and the white wine will neutralize the red wine. Dump salt on it to soak up all the wine, and once it dries, clean up the salt. Sprinkle the remaining stain with club soda and blot dry. Make sure to BLOT and not RUB on the stain. Repeat the process if necessary.
For ink stains, do not fret! You can remove them with a bit of milk and cornstarch. Mix milk and cornstarch into a paste, then apply the mixture to the stain. Allow it to sit and dry for a few hours, then vacuum it up.
Stains are inevitable, especially when it comes to floors, and let us tell you that all types of floors are at risk of staining. Even the most careful people will experience a stain from time to time because we should accept the fact that spills do happen! However, there is no reason you should get upset over stains as long as you know how to deal with them.
We have rounded up some great ideas on how to remove tough stains from hardwood and concrete floor! Here they are:
REMOVE STAINS FROM HARDWOOD
If the stain has soaked through the finish and it has penetrated the wood, this type of stain might require sanding, buffing a new coat of wax or finish. Before resorting to that, however, you can try some of these methods first:
*For water stains, you can use an iron. The stain must be covered with a dry cloth, then for a few seconds, rub the cloth with a hot iron. Make sure to NOT use the steam setting. If some parts of the stain are still visible, dampen the cloth with denatured alcohol and rub on the stain until it disappears completely.
*For other stains on hardwood flooring, you can use hydrogen peroxide. Soak a rag with hydrogen peroxide and place it over the stain. Make sure to give time for the hydrogen peroxide to seep into the wood. Once done, remove the rag and wipe up the area. Once it dries, the stain should be gone.
REMOVE STAINS FROM CONCRETE
If there are any spills on your concrete flooring, soak them up with paper towels and mop with a household cleaner and clean water. If, after mopping, the stain is still there, you can use a nylon brush to scrub it away. For large spills, kitty litter can be used to soak it up. You may also pour it on, so it will fully cover the stain. Let it sit for 24 hours then vacuum or scoop up the kitty litter and mop the floor as normal.
If the stain is more persistent, then you may buy concrete stain removers or bleach as those are great cleaning agents. Dilute the bleach and test it first on a hidden spot to ensure that it will not discolour the concrete.
Watch out for our upcoming blog next week as we will then talk about how to remove tough stains from vinyl, tile and carpet flooring! If you are looking for flooring experts to help you with your flooring needs, contact us today!