It's a rare floor that doesn't get stained at one time or another. Depending on the size and type of stain, and on the type of flooring, there are a variety of methods for removing the stain. Here are 4 ways to clean stained flooring in your home:
1. Vinegar is a terrific ingredient for making a homemade cleaning solution. It's useful for cleaning most types of flooring, since it's gentle enough that it won't damage urethane or other finishes, but it's strong enough to remove dirt and some stains. Vinegar will work well on finished hardwood floors, along with laminate, vinyl, and porcelain tile. To make a homemade cleaner, combine 2 cups warm water, 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar, 1/4 cup isopropyl rubbing alcohol, and 1/8 tsp liquid dish soap. Wash flooring in small sections by spraying on the cleaning solution and then wiping it off. Straight vinegar can damage hardwood floors, so be sure to dilute it - and make sure it doesn't seep between the boards. Don't use vinegar on natural stone floors.
2. To clean stained grout between tiles, mix a little baking soda with water to make a paste. Use an old toothbrush to scrub the grout lines, then follow up with a solution of equal parts vinegar and water. Rinse well.
3. For blood stains on carpeting, use COLD water, not warm, and mix with 2 tsp Dawn dish detergent. Soak the stain and then blot with a paper towel to transfer the blood to the towel. Don't rub or wipe the stain. For ink stains, make a paste with cornstarch and milk, and apply it to the stain. Let it dry for a couple hours, then brush off the residue and vacuum.
4. For scuffs on vinyl flooring, wipe them with a cloth dampened with isopropyl rubbing alcohol.
For more ideas for removing stains from your flooring, please contact:
Family Flooring America
2015 Dean Street,
Saint Charles, IL 60174