Removing Stains from Vinyl Floors


In this modern era, new advances in technology have made the world of floor-cleaning much easier. This is no different when it comes on to cleaning your vinyl flooring. In fact, these new trends have made vinyl floors an affordable, stylish, and breath-taking option for beautifying your home or office.

As much as it is reinforced by cleaning professionals to maintain your vinyl floors, they can easily become worn-out and dull quite prematurely if you maintain them too much. I know it sounds surprising, but that’s just how it is.

There are many types of products that can be used for removing stains from your floors, but you should be cautious as some of them may end up staining them.

With that said, let’s jump right into some useful tips for removing stains from your vinyl floors. I have some very interesting things to share with you.

Stain Removal Tips for your Vinyl Floors

NOTES: Regularly vacuuming and damp-mopping your floors are the best ways to upkeep their freshness and elegance, and to remove stains (to some extent).

If there’s an unusually soiled area that you wish to clean, you can use a manufacturer-recommended product. Avoid using generic products that are made to be used on all floor types.

Here are some common stains and their methods of removal:

  • Forshoe polish or Asphalt, use mineral spirits or citrus-based cleaners.
  • To remove candle wax, carefully scrape with a plastic spatula.
  • Use a nail polish remover to get rid of stains are left by nail polish.
  • For crayon, you can use a manufacturer cleaner or mineral spirits.
  • To get rid of mustard, Grape juice, or wine, use a manufacturer’s cleaner or strong bleach.
  • Rust will need to be removed by using water and Oxalic acid (10 parts water and 1 part acid). This is extremely corrosive, so follow all instructions carefully. Use a damp rag to wipe the area to remove the residue after removing the stain.
  • For stains that come about by way of pen ink, rubbing alcohol, mineral spirits, citrus-based cleaners are great options.
  • Ladies (or even Gents), if you manage to get lipstick stains on your vinyl floors, just simply use mineral spirits or rubbing alcohol.
  • Permanent marker stains can easily be removed by using rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover, or mineral spirits.
  • Don’t allow varnish or paint stains to damage your vinyl floors. Just simply wipe with mineral spirits or water while it is still wet. If it is dry, use a thin plastic spatula to scrape the area carefully. If the stain is not properly removed, dab with rubbing alcohol.


So many stains to treat, right? I totally agree. But, if you want to keep your vinyl floors in tip-top shape, then it’s crucial that you’re knowledgeable of the types of stains that could come about. I hope that you have a blast on your next cleaning routine.