Kitchen Flooring | 3 Clever Strategies For Removing Imperfections From Vinyl Flooring

Posted on: 14 October 2015

Vinyl flooring from companies like Kelwin Coastal Carpets is a versatile choice for kitchens because it is available in a variety of styles, colours and designs to replicate the look of natural stone, wood and other designs. In addition, vinyl floor tiles and planks are resilient to moisture and heat, making them an excellent addition to kitchen floors. Like any other floor materials, certain stains and imperfections will compromise the stunning look of your vinyl flooring. Follow these clever strategies for removing all kinds of imperfections from vinyl flooring. 

Removing General Stains From Vinyl Flooring 

General stains can occur from items like red wine, juices, inks and other items that may cause an obvious blemish on your vinyl flooring. You'll want to use mild substances to clean your floors to ensure that no undue damage is caused. Start by pouring a few drops of liquid detergent into a spray can that's filled with water –– the detergent should be just enough to produce foam in the water. Spray the stain with the detergent solution and rub it with a sponge or brush. This should loosen the dirt on the stain, if it isn't able to lift the stain completely. You can then apply a few drops of white vinegar on the stain and leave it for a few minutes. Vinegar contains acetic acid, which will cut through the blemished surface to remove the stain. Wipe thoroughly with a warm cloth. Your vinyl flooring stain has most likely disappeared. 

Removing Scuff Marks From Vinyl Flooring 

Just like any type of hard flooring, scuffmarks from shoes, heels and furniture can easily cause blemishes on kitchen vinyl flooring. These scuffmarks are relatively stubborn to remove, so regular detergent and vinegar solutions may not always work on them. Start by mixing a few spoons of baking soda and warm water to form a smooth paste, but make sure it isn't runny. Use a sponge to rub this paste on the scuffmark to remove it. Let this sit for a while and wipe the area with a damp cloth before letting it dry. If this solution hasn't worked to remove the scuffmark, dampen a cloth with some lighter fluid and apply it on the blemished spot. This should remove the scuffmark easily. Wipe down the area with a damp cloth and let it dry. Always use caution when working with lighter fluid because it is toxic and flammable. Use a pair of gloves to protect your skin and ensure that the cooking range is not fired up. 

Removing Food Stains From Vinyl Flooring 

Food stains from curries, tomato-based sauces and turmeric can sometimes leave stubborn stains on vinyl flooring. Using a solution of bleach and water is a good way to remove food stains. Bleach contains sodium hypochlorite and is a strong oxidant. The oxidation process cuts through stains to remove oily and greasy food dirt from the floor surface. Mix a few drops of bleach liquid in a small water container. Dampen a soft cloth with this solution and apply it on the stain. Let the cloth sit on the stain for a few hours, so the bleach can soak into the stain to remove it. Rinse with water and pat dry. Your food stains will be unnoticeable. 

Use these clever strategies for removing all types of stains from vinyl flooring.