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Cleaning Vinyl Flooring????

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8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
Right here's the situation. About 18 months ago I laid a roll of vinyl in the kitchen. At that point it was WHITE with pattern, but now its sort of manky yellow with pattern on the bits that have been walked on. The rest is still white. As you can imagine it doesn't exactly look that nice any more. So... Does anybody know how I can remove the yellowing from it? Tried flash etc but that doesn't shift it :-(

Any ideas, no matter how oddball appreciated (so long as they work LOL).
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8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
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#1
http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070918110031AA8Wy6L
Above may be helpful.

I use kitchen cleaner with bleach spray - all the supermarkets do it - and I find it very good for removing the stains that my iron door-stops leave on the kitchen vinyl so could work for your problem.
#2
Have you tried Cillit Bang - Bang and the dirt is gone. Or so Barry Scott says.;-)
#3
BECKYBOO
Have you tried Cillit Bang - Bang and the dirt is gone. Or so Barry Scott says.;-)


Don't. When that stuff first came out I was working in a cash and carry and so to test it I got a magic marker and wrote a rude word in VERY large lettering on one of the rack end boards...... Guess what happened next..... :whistling: :lol:*

I think the only thing we haven't tried is Ammonia, but tbh i'm at a total loss as to where to obtain said chemical:oops:

(*for those that don't want to guess, it didn't work pmsl)
#4
as said above pour bleach on it then STEAM IT, i have a hometek steam mop and the are amazing, so easy to use all my ground floor is tiles and it takes me about 10 minutes to steam all my floors it weights just a couple of pounds to try Duck and Co, maybe not the cheapest you will find but second to none customer services.
#5
octobergirl
as said above pour bleach on it then STEAM IT, i have a hometek steam mop and the are amazing, so easy to use all my ground floor is tiles and it takes me about 10 minutes to steam all my floors it weights just a couple of pounds to try Duck and Co, maybe not the cheapest you will find but second to none customer services.


Hmmm, didn't consider that. I've got an earlex steamer here somewhere so may give it a try:thumbsup:
#6
All you should need to clean vinyl is warm water and a little fairy (I'm in the flooring trade) :thumbsup:

I'm pretty certain your problem lies beneath the vinyl.....either bitumen residue from the previous flooring/tiles or a water leak.

Peel back the vinyl and have a look :thumbsup:
#7
Shengis
Don't. When that stuff first came out I was working in a cash and carry and so to test it I got a magic marker and wrote a rude word in VERY large lettering on one of the rack end boards...... Guess what happened next..... :whistling: :lol:*

I think the only thing we haven't tried is Ammonia, but tbh i'm at a total loss as to where to obtain said chemical:oops:

(*for those that don't want to guess, it didn't work pmsl)


lol i cannot imagine what the word in VERY LARGE lettering is ... but rep for making me laff.
#8
chesso
http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070918110031AA8Wy6L
Above may be helpful.

I use kitchen cleaner with bleach spray - all the supermarkets do it - and I find it very good for removing the stains that my iron door-stops leave on the kitchen vinyl so could work for your problem.


So how long should I leave this bleach on the floor you reckon? Doesn't seem to have any effect whatsoever so far, well apart from making my hands smell like a swimming pool......
#9
Lift the vinyl! .....i'm 99% certain!
#10
OK. You think that I might be less amenable to giving household advice if you skip from place to place at all hours of the day and night ... but .. I have sons!!!


10 miuntes and then get down there with a scourer - one of those that is sponge on one side and roughish green stuff the other.
I look forwards to the photo!!
#11
golfchip
Lift the vinyl! .....i'm 99% certain!


Not possible as its wall to wall with the kitchen units fitted after. Also most of the staining is far away from any water source (oh and it was laid on the old stick down tiles). The staining is all in the 'high traffic' area, none around the edges at all. It just seems like the yellow is now part of the pattern and it looks filthy. Been trying to solve this for a year or so now. Grrrr.
#12
Wear Gloves!:thumbsup:
banned#13
chesso
Wear Gloves!:thumbsup:


And nothing else!

I look forward to the pictures.
#14
chesso
10 miuntes and then get down there with a scourer - one of those that is sponge on one side and roughish green stuff the other.
I look forwards to the photo!!


Tried a white scourer and a green one, nothing. I think its basically ruined. No hope, kaput, an ex parrot.....
#15
golfchip
Lift the vinyl! .....i'm 99% certain!

You're not. You're just winging it. You haven't even got vinyl . Have you? Admit it.
Vinyl - Not vinyl???
Show us the design.
banned#16
Shengis
Tried a white scourer and a green one, nothing. I think its basically ruined. No hope, kaput, an ex parrot.....


Have you tried any other colour of scourer?
#17
Maybe i'm going about this the wrong way.

Perhaps a better question (and more likely workable solution) would have been : How do I make the floor equally dirty all over :lol:
#18
Shengis
Not possible as its wall to wall with the kitchen units fitted after. Also most of the staining is far away from any water source (oh and it was laid on the old stick down tiles). The staining is all in the 'high traffic' area, none around the edges at all. It just seems like the yellow is now part of the pattern and it looks filthy. Been trying to solve this for a year or so now. Grrrr.


I come across this problem on a day to day basis and can almost guarantee you that the problem lies beneath.....vinyl flooring is 100% PVC.....and you know how easy plastic is to clean!
banned#19
If something is underneath that is causing this, then logic suggests it may only affect areas that are used heavily.
#20
chesso
You're not. You're just winging it. You haven't even got vinyl . Have you? Admit it.
Vinyl - Not vinyl???
Show us the design.


Your right :thumbsup:

typical tradesman.....i fit vinyl every day but haven't got any down (ripped it up in preperation for the new kitchen)
#21
This has turned into an utter nighmare - walk away from it - preferably with dog that you are taking for an outing but if all else fails simply become blind, claiming that that which has afflcted the family for generations has claimed its latest victim.
#22
But logic also suggests that plastic doesn't soak up stains either on top of below....
#23
What on earth am I talking about? There's no substitute for elbow grease. Everyone knows that.:-D
#24
golfchip
I come across this problem on a day to day basis and can almost guarantee you that the problem lies beneath.....vinyl flooring is 100% PVC.....and you know how easy plastic is to clean!


Right, just pulled it out of the edging strip by the dining room/kitchen door and the back of the vinyl is completely (off)white, looks brand new. And that's part of the area where there's some very heavy staining. No damp or anything under it:?
banned#25
Problem solved, turn the it upside down. Golfchip, my love, was always right (in a weird - not right - way)!
#26
JDeal
Have you tried any other colour of scourer?


Behave!!


JDeal
If something is underneath that is causing this, then logic suggests it may only affect areas that are used heavily.


Correct.....bitumen & glue residue tend to show through more on traffic areas as the vinyl gets pushed down more.....bitumen eats into the vinyl and makes the surface go a yellow/orange colour.

It can take upto 5 years before it starts eating through.

When you next get the flooring replaced either screed (concrete) the floor or get it hardboarded (wood) :thumbsup:
#27
This lino Shengis, was it bought cheap from a car boot sale ??

No way should it be absorbent from above !
#28
hottoshop
This lino Shengis, was it bought cheap from a car boot sale ??

No way should it be absorbent from above !


That's what I don't get, its actually pretty good quality stuff, nice and 'springy', not like that thin rubbish B&Q tried to sell a while back at £10 a sheet. But it does seem that somehow the dirt has managed to get under the top surface. Damned odd if you ask me and it does sort of defeat the object of using vinyl in the first place.
#29
Shengis
Right, just pulled it out of the edging strip by the dining room/kitchen door and the back of the vinyl is completely (off)white, looks brand new. And that's part of the area where there's some very heavy staining. No damp or anything under it:?



If i hadn't drunk so much wine i'd drive up and have a look.....i hate being proved wrong :-D

EDIT: Devon to Kent.....no i wouldn't :p
#30
golfchip
EDIT: Devon to Kent.....no i wouldn't :p


It's only a 4 hour drive :lol:
#31
golfchip
If i hadn't drunk so much wine i'd drive up and have a look.....i hate being proved wrong :-D

EDIT: Devon to Kent.....no i wouldn't :p


Devon insomniacs rule !!
#32
Can you pull a bit back where it's heavily stained and pour some bleach on the underneath, leave it for a few hours, and see if that works ??
#33
OK, I'm a scientist and I am open to loads of ideas but 1. site should display what I type
and
2, Give up ... because it said 2,3 .
#34
chesso
OK, I'm a scientist and I am open to loads of ideas but 1. site should dis[play what I type
and
2, Give up ... because it said 2,3 .



:? .....Taxi!!!


Shengis
Right, just pulled it out of the edging strip by the dining room/kitchen door and the back of the vinyl is completely (off)white, looks brand new. And that's part of the area where there's some very heavy staining. No damp or anything under it:?


Your going to have to post a pic.....it's starting to eat me up!
#35
golfchip
Your going to have to post a pic.....it's starting to eat me up!


There you go. It looks like grease or whatever but nothing will shift it..

http://www.shengis.net/eby1/fl1.jpg

Notice how whiter it is at the edges. Like I said though, the backing is completely clean.... Well skanky looking and its been giving me the hump for over a year.
#36
Shengis
But logic also suggests that plastic doesn't soak up stains either on top of below....

There is no logic as far as vinyl flooring goes or , to be honest, quantum physics(which I don't understand, but my O/H does)
but 1. be pragmatic
2/3. don't dissolve yourself - I only said 'household cleaner plus bleach'
#37
Probably the pets peeing all over the floor ? How many of the flippin' things have you got ????
#38
I've been in the flooring trade for 23 years and don't recognize that!

Did you buy it from a reputable company?

Is there a black adhesive under the vinyl?
#39
Ok - seen the pic .... and move on!! What's the problem???? Love you Shengis, but your floor is a lot better tham mine:-D
#40
hottoshop
Probably the pets peeing all over the floor ? How many of the flippin' things have you got ????


I may just try to convince them to do the nasty on the clean bits to even it out :lol:

golfchip
I've been in the flooring trade for 23 years and don't recognize that!

Did you buy it from a reputable company?

Is there a black adhesive under the vinyl?


Was from a reputable dealer, and theres no adhesive under it at all. The damn stuff is so thick and heavy it wasn't going anywhere once it was down, so it wasn't needed.

Now you see why this has me stumped. It's like the stain is actually under the top coat. I've tried just about everything I can think of, even tried WD-40 to see if it was a layer of grease but that had no effect either. Total pain in the ****.

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