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Hard surface stains – Part 3

Here are some more great tips on how to remove special stains from your hard surface floors or counters!

Dyes: After applying on an inconspicuous spot to be sure the floor will not be damaged, rub with a cloth dampened in a solution of one part chlorine bleach and two parts warm water. If this doesn’t work, try scouring powder and cloth dampened with hot water!

Grease and oil: Remove as much as possible with a newspaper, paper towel, or a plastic spatula. On a resilient tile, rub with a cloth dampened in hand dishwashing liquid and warm water (or an all purpose cleaner). On wood and cork, place a cloth saturated with dry cleaning fluid on the stain for no more than 5 minutes. Then wipe the area dry and wash with detergent and water.

Ink: Try a commercial ink remover, carefully following the instructions, or you can use rubbing alcohol. It might be helpful to cover the stain with a poultice of diatomaceous earth and alcohol, cover with plastic wrap, and let stand overnight.

Paint or varnish: On resilient tile use liquid or all purpose detergent with either a cloth, a sponge, or fine steel wool very carefully applied. On a hard surface floor, scrub with concentrated solution of powdered detergent and water, or apply undiluted liquid detergent.

Urine: After applying on an inconspicuous spot to be sure the floor will not be damaged, rub with a hot, damp cloth and scouring powder. For increased effectiveness, place a cloth soaked in hydrogen peroxide over the stain and cover that with a cloth soaked in ammonia. Leave in place until the stain has faded, sponge with water, and wipe dry.