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How to Remove Stains From a Vinyl Floor

Vinyl flooring is sealed with a clear acrylic, vinyl or urethane sealer that causes the flooring surface to stay durable and simple to maintain. Mopping usually cleans and removes most stains from vinyl flooring, but difficult stains can remain even after cleaning. There are solutions that can effectively remove stains from vinyl floors that basic cleaning cannot. Test the solutions on an inconspicuous area of the floor to ensure no discolouration or other damage occurs.

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  1. Put on rubber gloves to protect your hands while cleaning. Dampen a white rag with isopropyl alcohol.

  2. Remove shoe scuff marks by rubbing the rag over the dark scuffs on the floor. Apply more isopropyl alcohol to the rag, and scrub the marks until they are completely removed.

  3. Rinse off the isopropyl alcohol by wiping the floor with a damp washcloth. Dry the floor with a clean towel.

  4. Mix 1 cup of household bleach with 4 cups of water in a bucket. Bleach solutions are effective at removing difficult liquid stains, such as fruit juices, tomato sauce and wine.

  5. Soak a white rag in the bleach solution. Lay the rag over the stain, and keep the rag on the stain for an hour to allow the bleach to absorb into the stain.

  6. Scrub the liquid stain with the rag until completely removed. Rinse off the bleach solution by wiping the floor with a damp washcloth.

  7. Dry off the floor with a clean towel. Dampen a white rag with oxalic acid, to remove rust stains.

  8. Rub the rag over the rust stain until it is completely removed. You may need to re-wet the rag and lay the rag over the rust for 10 minutes, if the stain is difficult to remove.

  9. Rinse off the oxalic acid by wiping the floor with a damp washcloth. Dry the floor with a clean towel.

  10. Tip

    Lighter fluid or white spirit can be used instead of the isopropyl alcohol.


    Turn off any nearby pilot lights and allow the rags to air-dry before throwing the rags away. These solutions are highly flammable and can easily catch on fire.

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Things You'll Need

  • Rubber gloves
  • 3 white rags
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • 3 damp washcloths
  • 3 clean towels
  • 1 cup household bleach
  • 4 cups water
  • Bucket
  • Oxalic acid

About the Author

April Dowling first started writing in high school and has written many news articles for newspaper and yearbook publications. She is currently pursuing a career as an online writer and affiliate marketer. Dowling writes for several websites and keeps many blogs.

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