Peter asked: How do I clean a vinyl bench? This bench was stored in an enclosed porch with a cloth cover over it. When I took off the cover, there was a sticky substance all over the vinyl that won’t come off with soap and water. What will take it off? Thank you.
Vinyl is a popular material for many different types of products, but over time can tend to “ooze” an oily, sticky substance on the surface. Sometimes this sticky residue can be cleaned away with a simple cleaner and other times requires drying out the sticky substance first.
You Will Need:
- Select a cleaner:
- Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
- Mr. Clean Liquid Cleaner
- Krud Kutter
- White vinegar
- Baking soda
- Rubber or latex gloves
- Mild soap or detergent
- Paper towels or soft cloths
Steps to Remove the Stickiness:
- Some cleaners contain harsh chemicals. Protect your hands by wearing rubber or latex gloves.
- Begin by applying the cleaner either to the cloth or directly to the vinyl bench.
- Wipe the area thoroughly to remove the sticky residue.
- Scrub gently, if required, so that the finish does not become damaged.
- Clean away any remaining product with soap and water.
- Rinse thoroughly with clean water.
- Dry with a clean, soft towel and allow to air dry completely.
Additional Tips and Ideas
- Vinyl can tolerate many cleaners, but if you are worried that the surface may become discolored (especially if the cleaning product contains bleach), test a small, hidden area first.
- In some cases, it is helpful to make the oily residue “fresh” again by rubbing it with some WD-40.
- Always ensure all cleaning products are thoroughly removed as the residue can create another sticky situation.