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How to get urine stains out of vinyl flooring

Updated February 21, 2017

When someone misses the toilet, there is a glaring yellow reminder on your vinyl floor that needs to be dealt with. Urine stains are ugly, smelly and unsanitary, so dealing with them should become a top priority. The sooner you are able to clean it, the easier it will be. Fortunately, there are several easy ways to remedy this unpleasant issue.

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  1. Add 1 cup of white vinegar to a bucket of warm soapy water. Scrub the area with a medium bristle brush or cloth until all the stain is gone.

  2. Mix baking soda and water into a paste and scrub it into the stain with a cloth or sponge. Continue to scrub until the stain is gone.

  3. Apply isopropyl alcohol to a clean white cloth and scrub the area until it is clean. Rinse the cloth and add more isopropyl alcohol as needed.

  4. Soak a white cloth in chlorine bleach and place it on the stain. Cover the cloth with cling film and place something heavy on top of it, such as a book, to weight it down. Check on the stain after an hour. You may need to swap out the cloth for a different one, also soaked in bleach. Keep repeating the process until the stain is gone. Hydrogen peroxide is a good substitute for bleach.

  5. Scrub the area with a clean cloth, soaked in white vinegar. If the stain is not willing to come up easily, heat the vinegar in the microwave until it is hot and scrub the area again. Rinse the area with clean water when the stain is gone and dry the area well.

  6. Warning

    Avoid the use of harsh chemicals and abrasives that can damage vinyl flooring.

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Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar
  • Dish soap
  • Clean white cloth or sponge
  • Medium bristle brush
  • Baking soda
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Chlorine bleach

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