Three Tips for Removing the Hardiest Stains From Floors

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“Housework can’t kill you, but why take a chance?” Phyllis Diller, the American comedienne, once said. If you’re trying to get your home clean, you might feel this way, too. It might not be a deadly task but it can be a pretty stressful one — and stress never leads to anything good when it comes to your health.

Cleaning floors can often be one of the most annoying tasks to deal with. When they get dirty, it’s one of the most noticeable places because you’ll both feel it and see it. And grime or dirt on one floor can quickly be tracked to another. If you’re trying to get a bad stain off of your floor or carpet, you might feel as if there’s no solution other than ripping the whole thing up and replacing it.

Don’t worry, though — there are a few tricks you can use to get out particularly tough stains. Here are three things you should keep in mind regarding your floor cleaning.

1. Getting Out Nail Polish

When you get nail polish stuck in your carpet, you need to act quickly, because as you know — that stuff sets. The first thing you should do is remove as much polish as possible through blogging. Be wary of rubbing, as it can easily spread the nail polish so that it covers an even larger area. If you have nail polish remover on hand, a non-acetone remover is the safest bet for blotting until removal. Rubbing alcohol and hairspray can help to remove any leftover stains.

2. Wax Removal

You successfully had a romantic evening, complete with candlelit room. However, you didn’t account for the dripping candle wax that ended up on your carpet and is frustratingly well-adhered to your carpet fibers. What can you do? There’s a few tips for removing wax quickly and easily. First, it helps to scrape up any excess wax you can. Then, lay a paper towel over the wax. Then go over the paper towel with a hot iron. The paper towel should then absorb the excess wax as it turns to liquid again. Just remember to make sure that your iron is on an appropriate setting for your type of carpet, or you might end up melting the fibers!

3. Cleaning Rubber Floor Mats

It’s great having a workout location in your own home — it’s not so great when your child grinds their favorite sticky food into your rubber floor. You don’t need to worry, though — rubber floor cleaning products can help lift these stains up easily. Be wary of cleaning products intended for other surfaces, as they can potentially damage rubber. Rubber floor cleaner is specifically geared to not damage or break down rubber. Cleaning rubber floor mats should also involve sweeping up the various dirt and crumbs at least once a week.

Do you have tips for cleaning rubber floor mats? Let us know in the comments.

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