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How to Remove Mold & Mildew Stains From a Vinyl Floor

Updated February 21, 2017

Besides being an eyesore, mould and mildew stains on your vinyl flooring may cause health problems for yourself and your family members. Biological pollutants, like mould and mildew, account for more than 200,000 emergency room visits by asthma patients per year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Remove and keep away this harmful substance by regularly cleaning your vinyl floor.

Spray the mould or mildew stain with a disinfecting solution. According to vinyl flooring manufacturer DuPont, a mixture of bleach and water may be used if it does not remain on the floor for longer than an hour.

Scrub the stain with a nylon scrub brush, making sure to get in all cracks and crevices.

Remove cleaner from the floor with a clean, wet cloth. Allow the floor to dry completely.

Tip

Clean your hard surfaces regularly with all-purpose, non-abrasive floor cleaner weekly to keep mould at bay.

Warning

Make sure standing water and/or cleaner do not remain on the vinyl floor. As moisture seeps underneath the flooring, the likelihood of more mould and mildew, as well as rotting floor boards, increases.

Things You'll Need

  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Nylon scrub brush
  • Clean rag
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About the Author

Michelle Skidgel has worked as a writer and editor since 2001. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Oklahoma State University and is currently raising and homeschooling five children with her husband. Her articles for various websites specialize in parenting, green living, gardening, cooking and frugal living.