Faye asked: How do I remove medium brown bicycle tire marks from our vinyl kitchen floor? This past summer, I noticed medium brown bicycle tire marks on the vinyl kitchen floor. I have scrubbed, but the stains won’t even fade. What kind of cleaning products can remove this stain? Please help!
Tire marks may seem difficult to clean, but the solution is actually deceptively simple. In most cases, a simple Mr. Clean Magic Eraser will do the trick. If that doesn’t work, give this method a try.
You Will Need:
- Mineral Spirits
- Soft cloth
- Rubber gloves
- Eye protection
Steps to Remove the Tire Marks:
- Read all label directions and follow all safety precautions before you begin working with the mineral spirits. Wear hand and eye protection at all times.
- Before you begin, spot test the product in a hidden area. Wait several minutes or (ideally) overnight to check for damage to the floor.
- To clean the stain, first soak the cloth in mineral spirits.
- Wipe the stain away, applying pressure to the cloth as needed.
- If the stain is stubborn, leave the wet cloth over it for a few moments then wipe again.
- Repeat as necessary until the marks are removed from the flooring.
- Once the stains are removed, clean the floor completely to remove any residue from the mineral spirits.
- Wash all cloths carefully. Mineral spirits is flammable. Do not dry them in the dryer until you are sure they are completely clean.
Additional Tips and Advice
- If mineral spirits are not available, try WD-40 instead.
- Make sure to work in a well-ventilated area, even when using an odorless product.
- Avoid using abrasive cleaning products or scouring pads. They may damage the finish of the vinyl.
- Other quick solutions include rubbing a tennis ball against the skid marks or rubbing the sole or toe of your tennis shoe on the stain. Believe it or not, it will usually come right up! Just be careful not to create more smudges!
- Store and dispose of mineral spirits according to the label directions.