How to clean vinyl floors

Vinyl floor cleaning

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Vinyl floorings have become more and more popular. Homeowners are often opting on placing vinyl flooring in their kitchens and bathrooms due to the fact that vinyl is a wet-proof material that is very resilient and highly affordable. Another advantage that vinyl has over the other flooring materials is that it is an easy to clean and maintain material.

The easiest way to maintain a vinyl floor in clean and good condition is to vacuum or sweep it regularly. Cleaning experts say that vinyl floors should be vacuumed or swept at least once a day because the accumulated small stones and pieces of dirt may damage the vinyl when they are spread around by the foot traffic.

Also every now and then you must mop a vinyl floor with a homemade cleaning solution that is made out of equal parts of hot water and vinegar or ammonia. The reason why you must use this homemade cleaning detergent and not a commercial one is that commercial detergents may damage the vinyl surface and leave sticky residue behind.

Heavily soiled vinyl floors can also be cleaned with a homemade remedy. Simply mix hot water and a small amount of dish soap in a bucket and then mop the floor while you are concentrating on the heavily soiled areas of the floor. Once the floor is mopped thoroughly allow the cleaning solution to sit for several minutes to loosen any harden particles and then simply rinse the floor with clean water.

Vinyl floor cleaningWax buildups can be removed easily with a mixture of isopropyl alcohol and water. The proportions of the mixture should be one part alcohol to three parts of hot water. Once the mixture is ready, dip your mop or a sponge into it and start scrubbing the wax buildups.

Scuff marks can be rubbed away by dampening a soft clean cloth in lighter fluid or paint thinner. Once the marks are removed you should rinse the treated areas with hot water to remove any excess of the lighter fluid or paint thinner.

Vinyl floors that are stained with resilient stains can be easily cleaned with a mixture of bleach and hot water. You must simply soak a rag into the mixture and leave it to sit over the stains before you mop them. Once the stains are removed you can end the stain removing process by washing the floor with hot water. 

Cleaning Interior Blinds

InInterior Blinds Cleaningterior blinds are stylish, functional and quite hard to clean. Most people will have hard time cleaning the blinds properly as the task itself seems quite tricky and time consuming. Having said this, dirty blinds are not an option as they will affect the overall level of interior hygiene. Here are a few easy ways to clean the blinds quickly and without too much effort.

Greasy blinds

Blinds in the kitchen and certain other areas around the house will accumulate a fair bit of grease residue from cooking fumes, the residue will cause the blinds to look dull and old, and if the blinds have also been exposed to cigarette smoke then staining will be quite heavy.

Aluminium:

-remove the blind from the window, if the blind fits place it in your bath tub for more cleaning convenience, clean the thing using a water and ammonia solution, optionally fill the bathtub with hot water and wash the blinds using dishwashing liquid and / or baking soda.

Fabric:

-take down the blinds, spread them out on large towels or relatively clean drop sheets if you have such handy, mix together water and mild detergent, apply the solution carefully with a small, soft bristled brush, if the blind is large then use a larger soft bristle brush, remember you are cleaning a greasy stain so wash your brush thoroughly every two or three uses, wash one side of the blind then turn it over one eighty to do the other side.

Wooden:

-it is not recommended to wash wooden blinds, instead remove them from the window, wipe them with a moist rag and clean them using lemon oil.

Dirty & dusty blinds:

Aluminium:

Interior Blinds Cleaning-mix fresh water with mild detergent in a spray bottle, uniformly apply the solution to the blind, wipe down the blind using a damp rag, alternatively soak the blinds in a bathtub full of warm water and mild detergent, use the shower to rinse the blinds.

Fabric:

-dust and wipe the blinds as often as possible, you can also use a vacuum cleaner, though make sure the vacuum brush is free of fluff, cobwebs and dust balls.

Wooden:

-vacuum blinds thoroughly as often as possible, treat cleaned blinds with lemon oil for longer lasting hygiene.

Large sized blinds may be difficult to remove from the window, so get an extra pair of hands to help you, if not consider cleaning them on the spot.

Stain Removal for Hardwood Floors

Hardwood Floors Stain RemovalHardwood floors may not be as susceptible to staining as carpets for example, but natural wood is quite porous and will not tolerate heavy organic and chemical stains, even if the top finish is intact. Most hardwood floors require specific stain removal techniques, and choosing the right one is well worth it as hardwood floors are quite pricy and provide for long lasting comfort and style.

The key to effective stain removal for hardwood floors is to choose the right method for the particular type of stain.

Course of action:

-First and foremost you need to clean the floor around the stain, sweep any dust, dirt and debris in the area so that you are dealing only with the stain.

-If the stain is old, definitely clean the dust and dirt off the floor so you know the extent and nature of the problem you are dealing with.

Weak stains:

Generally, weak stains will come off without use of strong chemical solvents.

-mix mild detergent with warm water, stir the solution well in a bucket and apply using a soft rag, wring the rag before and after each application, wash the rag in clean water every three or four uses.

If the stain is still visible:

-treat the affected area with rubbing alcohol (denatured alcohol), apply using a soft dry rag, wipe the treated area with a moist towel, don’t miss any spots as the alcohol can cause fading.

Stubborn (organic) stains:

Hardwood Floors Stain Removal-first option you have is to use a high strength stain remover, in this case it would be commercial grade hardwood floor cleaner, mix the product to a bucket of warm water and treat the stain using a microfiber cloth, don’t forget to wring out the cloth properly before each time you apply it to the floor.

-if the stain is still visible use white vinegar, mix one part undiluted vinegar to two parts cold water and apply the solution to the affected area, remember to wipe the floor using a wet towel after the vinegar treatment.

Heavy staining:

Things like blood, grease and iodine can be a problem to remove from your hardwood floors, so you need something stronger.

-mix equal parts of ammonia and water and stir well, apply the solution to the stain and repeat the process as many times as necessary to get the desired result, remove traces of ammonia by going over the treated area with cloth damped in fresh water.