Problem: Spill on the floor
has resulted in stain, or has potential to stain.
Background: The most effective way to eliminate
stains on rein forced vinyl or solid vinyl floor tile is
to blot or wipe up spills as soon as possible after they
occur. Most spills can be removed with a clean cloth or
paper towel dampened with a commercial cleaner or
detergent, especially if the floor has a protective
coating. However, if certain sub stances are overlooked or
remain on floor for an extended time, the specific
procedures listed below may re move or help minimize the
What to do: For tar, asphalt, grease, oil, wax,
chewing gum, or crayon stains, use procedures A, B, F, G.
For ink, lipstick, mustard, catsup, iodine, Mercurochrome,
Merthiolate, or alcoholic beverages, use A, B, C, C. For
oil-based paint, varnish, or shoe polish, use A, B, D, G.
For nail polish, lacquer or airplane glue, use A, B, E, C.
For lye, drain cleaners, or detergent concentrates, use A,
B, G. For rust, use B, C.
Procedure A: Blot
stain with a clean white absorbent cloth or paper towel,
then remove dry or hardened substance with a stiff putty
knife or plastic spatula.
Procedure B: Wash the
stain with an absorbent cloth or sponge dampened with
undiluted commercial cleaner. For heavy residue, scrub
with a synthetic scrub pad (like those used for non-stick
pans) wetted with cleaner.
Procedure C: Rub the
stain with a cloth wetted with rubbing alcohol, rotating
the cloth. Don’t walk on the area for 30 minutes. If the
stain persists, repeat using liquid chlorine laundry
Procedure D: Rub the
stain with a cloth wetted with turpentine. Don’t walk on
the area for 30 minutes.
Procedure E: Same as
Procedure D, except wet the cloth with nail polish
Procedure F: Same as
Procedure D, except wet a cloth with lighter fluid.
Procedure C: Rinse the
treated area with water, allow it to dry, and apply the
floor finish you use regularly.
Special advice: Use these procedures in the order
they are given for each type of stain. They may be
repeated if you experience difficulty in removing a stain.
Be cautious when working with
alcohol, turpentine, lighter fluid, or nail polish remover.
These solvents are highly flammable; do not smoke or use
them in the vicinity of an open flame, and provide
adequate ventilation for your work area.
Helpful hint: For
floors damaged by scrapes or indentations, see
Floor Is Damaged. A permanently stained or damaged
tile may be removed and replaced with a spare tile. If 1
or 2 tiles need replacement and spares aren’t avail able,
consider exchanging a damaged tile with one located in a
closet or beneath an appliance or piece of furniture.