Three Tips for Tackling Hard Floor Cleaning Jobs

    How to clean rubber floors

    “If your house is really a mess and a stranger comes to the door, greet him with, Who could have done this? We have no enemies,” comedienne Phyllis Diller once said. Because we walk on them, eat over them, and generally use them for everything, floors are one of the home’s surfaces that become dirtiest the quickest.

    Although you can claim that an enemy dumped red wine onto your carpet, in most cases, the best course of action will be to clean it up yourself. Here are three top tips for hard floor cleaning jobs around the home.

    1. How to Remove a Red Wine Stain From Carpet

    The sooner you clean up a red wine spill, the easier it will be to remove the stain. Dilute the wine so that soaking it up is quicker. Spray or sprinkle with water before blotting. On certain carpet types, soaking the fibers in hydrogen peroxide, then spraying with water and carpet cleaner, then blotting, is enough to lift the stain. Mixtures comprised of one cup water, one tablespoon white vinegar, and one tablespoon dish soap also find success.

    2. Getting Rid of Candle Wax

    It’s a romantic evening with rose petals and lit candles… until you realize the candles have melted and dripped all over your carpet. It can seem overwhelming to remove the hard, waxy substance from your floor, but it is possible. First, scoop out as much as you can with forks. Then, use wax paper and an iron to melt the rest of the stain. The wax will stick to the paper and be lifted out (paper towels can also be used to blot). A mixture of vinegar and water can take out the remainder of the oil and color left from the candle wax.

    3. How to Clean a Rubber Floor

    You’re working out on your home weight room floor, getting into the perfect pilates position, when your foot hits your milkshake and down it goes, working itself into all the crevices of your rubber floor. Maybe it was time to clean it anyways. Cleaning rubber floor mats requires more than just soap and water — you will need specific rubber floor cleaning products so as not to damage the synthetic materials. Vacuum it weekly so as to reduce dirt getting ground into the floor.

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