Kathy asked: A can of cola burst and spilled on our Armstrong vinyl flooring. It went unnoticed until it had dried. Even after cleaning with usual floor cleaner, it has left a dull stain on the surface of the flooring. The stain is everywhere that the soda has spread to.
Just like Cola can stain clothing and teeth, it can stain the floor. These stains can be removed with a few simple steps. Be sure to spot test all cleaning products before applying them to the entire stained area. While these products will remove the stain, they can also remove some of the coloring from the flooring.
You Will Need:
- Soft cloths
- Baking soda
- Hydrogen peroxide or vinegar
Steps to Remove the Stain:
- Begin by mixing one part baking soda with two parts water.
- Moisten a soft cloth with the mixture and rub it over the stained area.
- Continue until no more of the stain is lifted.
- If the stain was removed by this alone, simply rinse and dry. If the stain remains, continue with step 5.
- Moisten a soft cloth with hydrogen peroxide (3%) or white vinegar.
- Rub the cloth over the stain until it is removed.
- Once the stain is removed, clean as normal to remove any cleaning residue.
- Rinse with clean water.
- Dry with a soft cloth.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Since the stain has been absorbed by the vinyl, it may be helpful to allow the cleaning products to set on the stain for a few minutes. However, use caution with vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. Both can lead to fading or removal of the color over time.
- If the stain is old, it may be necessary to repeat the stain removal several times to remove it completely.
- Mr. Clean Magic Erasers work well at removing all kinds of stains. It can be used on vinyl flooring as well.