Patti asked: How do I remove Pine-Sol from interior, decorative concrete? The cleaning lady used Pine-Sol on our decorative concrete instead of just water. Now the floor has a dull, sticky film. I tried mopping with water only, but it just seems to make it grow. I have a no idea how Pine-Sol she used. I also tried water with a little bit of vinegar. It is just a smear now. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
The actual cleaning process for a decorative concrete floor depends on whether it is colored. If so, how dark or light the shade, and whether it has been protected by a stain or finish. As a result, you should use common sense with this approach, always taking the time to spot test before you begin.
You Will Need:
- Hot water
- Stiff bristled brush
Steps to Remove the Stain:
- Fill a clean bucket with scalding hot water. The hotter the water, the more effective it will be at removing the stain.
- Add 1-2 ounces of bleach per gallon.
- Swirl the mixture with the mop, then begin working it over the floor. For tough or stubborn stains, use the stiff bristled brush to work the solution into the stain.
- A detergent such as Pine-Sol will likely form suds as it is lifted away. Rinse the mop frequently, and change the water as needed. Work until the suds are gone, or until the area is clean.
- Allow the spot to dry. Check for cleanliness, then repeat if necessary.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Bleach is prone to lightening darker floors, so it’s especially important to spot test before you use bleach unless you’re prepared to give the entire floor the same treatment.
- If your floor fails the spot test, your other option is to scrub vigorously with plain, hot water. With enough elbow grease, the stain will lift to the surface and wash away.
- If these methods fail, it’s best to contact the manufacturer of the concrete for advice or call in a professional concrete cleaning service.
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