Stain Removal Tips for Vinyl Floors Direct Vinyl Flooring
Stain Removal Techniques

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Stain removal can be tricky.  Here are some tips to help remove tough stains and keep your vinyl looking brand new!

CRAYON
Rub the stain with mineral spirits of turpentine on a clean white cloth. Scrub the area with floor stripper & cleaner product and a nonabrasive white scrubbing pad, following instructions on the label.

LIPSTICK
Rub the stain with rubbing alcohol on a clean white cloth. If stain is still visible, rub the stain with mineral spirits of turpentine on a clean white cloth. Scrub the area with floor stripper & cleaner product and a nonabrasive white scrubbing pad, following instructions on the label.

GRAPE JUICE/WINE
Scrub the area with floor stripper & cleaner product and a nonabrasive white scrubbing pad, following instructions on the label. If stain is still visible, rub the stain with rubbing alcohol on a clean white cloth.

MERCUROCHROME/MERTHIOLATE (ANTISEPTIC)
Rub the stain with rubbing alcohol on a clean white cloth. Scrub the area with floor stripper & cleaner product and a nonabrasive white scrubbing pad, following instructions on the label.

MUSTARD
Scrub the area with floor stripper & cleaner product and a nonabrasive white scrubbing pad, following instructions on the label.

PEN INK
Rub the area with rubbing alcohol on a clean white cloth. Rub the stain with mineral spirits of turpentine on a clean white cloth. Scrub the area with floor stripper & cleaner product and a nonabrasive white scrubbing pad, following instructions on the label.

PERMANENT MARKER
Rub the stain with mineral spirits of turpentine on a clean white cloth. If stain still shows, very carefully wipe with fingernail polish remover containing acetone on a clean white cloth. Rub the stain with rubbing alcohol on a clean white cloth. Scrub the area with floor stripper & cleaner product and a nonabrasive white scrubbing pad, following instructions on the label.

SHOE POLISH/ASPHALT DRIVEWAY SEALER
Rub the stain with mineral spirits of turpentine on a clean white cloth. Rub the stain with rubbing alcohol on a clean white cloth. Scrub the area with floor stripper & cleaner product and a nonabrasive white scrubbing pad, following instructions on the label.

HAIR DYE
Rub the stain with rubbing alcohol on a clean white cloth. Rub the stain with mineral spirits of turpentine on a clean white cloth. If stain still shows, very carefully wipe with fingernail polish remover containing acetone on a clean white cloth. Scrub the area with floor stripper & cleaner product and a nonabrasive white scrubbing pad, following instructions on the label.

PAINT/VARNISH
If paint is wet, wipe up the stain with water on a clean white cloth. If paint stain is dry, carefully scrape residue with a thin spatula. If stain still shows, rub the area with rubbing alcohol. If stain still shows, rub the stain with mineral spirits of turpentine on a clean white cloth. If stain still shows, very carefully wipe with fingernail polish remover containing acetone on a clean white cloth. Scrub the area with floor stripper & cleaner product and a nonabrasive white scrubbing pad, following instructions on the label.

NAIL POLISH
Very carefully wipe with fingernail polish remover containing acetone on a clean white cloth.

RUST
Scrub the area with floor stripper & cleaner product and a nonabrasive white scrubbing pad, following instructions on the label. If traces remain, rub with a soft cloth dipped in a solution of oxalic acid and water (one part acid to 10 parts water).

CIGARETTE BURNS
The procedure depends on the exact construction of your floor. Consult your retailer.

BLACK HEEL MARKS
Scrub the area with floor stripper & cleaner product and a nonabrasive white scrubbing pad, following instructions on the label. If stain shows, rub the area with a nonabrasive cleaner. If stain still shows, rub the area with rubbing alcohol.