Removing Stains on Your Floors

We all love to have our hard surface floors look spectacular and clean but there are times where we can have little accidents and get stains on our floors and there is nothing wrong with that. The problem is when we use the wrong corrective methods and end up making the stain bigger or worse by damaging our floors. Here are a few stains we tend to get on our hard surface floors and methods that help remove these types of stains.

Alcohol Beverage Stains
To remove alcoholic beverage stains on hard surface floors you need to rub a dampened cloth in a solution of warm water and detergent. If this solution doesn’t remove the stain rub it again with a different dampened cloth but with denatured alcohol.

Blood Stains
Often when someone in our home cuts themselves we get blood stains on our hard surface floors and sometimes they’re difficult to remove. The best way to remove blood stains is to sponge or mop the affected area with cold water. If for some reason the blood stain is still there use a solution of ammonia and cold water to mop or sponge the area again. One of the two methods definitely will work.

Note: Carefully read and follow the label directions for using ammonia or any strong chemicals when working with them. Be very careful and make sure there is ventilation when you are using solvents. Never use them near a flame. When testing your floor with new cleaning methods you want to be very observant, to make sure you’re not causing damage to your floors.

Gum or Candle Wax Stains
When you have a candle wax or chewing gum stain the first thing you should do is freeze the material to brittleness with ice cubes. Yes, just how when we get gum stains on our clothes we use ice cubes on our floors we may use ice cubes too. This causes the gum to get stiff and become much easier to remove by scrapping it off. Scrap the material off with a plastic spatula after the material is hard. But be careful when using a plastic spatula because you want to make sure you don’t scratch your floor. When using it be very careful as you scrape the stain off. This method is one of the most effective when removing gum and candle wax stain on your hard surface floors, yet you need to be careful because it may cause damage if not done correctly.

Candy
Removing candy stains is a difficult task and sometimes we are forced to use abrasive applicators which are terrible because the last thing we want is to scratch our floors. However, before we take abrasive action we can try using a dampened cloth with warm water and detergent. If you see that this method isn’t working and not helping then you must take abrasive action. To take abrasive actions use steel wool instead of a soft cloth and powder a scrubbing pad with detergent. I recommend you use an abrasive applicator such as a scrubbing pad because it’s safer to use so you won’t cause your floor any damage. Damp the scrubbing pad with warm water and scrub the stained area with it until it is removed. When it has been removed wipe with a dry cloth. Afterwards if you want make to make sure no damage was done, mop your floor and compare to see if there are any differences.

Grease Stains
Grease stains are a little more complicated than usual stains therefore there are two methods you can try to remove them:

  • First, try scrubbing the stain with concentrated detergent suds by using a scrubbing pad. Then rinse with a wet cloth. Dry with a dry cloth or towel.
  • The second method you may use is to sprinkle dish washing detergent onto the grease stain on your floor and apply a wet towel on the stain. Let it sit for a few minutes and once the stain has disappeared dry it with a dry cloth.

Hopefully these methods are helpful to remove the stains you may have on your floor. Stains are what tend to ruin our hard surface floors … but all it takes is to know the proper techniques on how to remove them and they’re gone in no time. Don’t stress about a stain … just make sure you do something to remove it immediately. Time is the real enemy as the longer you wait the more difficult it becomes to remove the stain.

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