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How can you remove stains from vinyl?

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To clean stains on vinyl fabric, wipe a paper towel or rag over the stain with rubbing alcohol, starting at the outside edges and moving in. To avoid spreading the stain, change the towel frequently. Remove alcohol residue by wiping the area clean with a wet paper towel.

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Tougher stains require a melamine-foam sponge, commonly sold as the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Wet the sponge with water, then squeeze as much liquid out as possible. To test for discoloration or damage problems, rub the sponge in an inconspicuous area first, then gently rub the sponge over the stain until the marks disappear.

Isopropyl alcohol can also be used to clean vinyl tiles. Use a wet rag dipped in isopropyl alcohol to remove heel or scuff marks. Make sure the rag is white; the isopropyl alcohol sometimes causes dyes to bleed onto the floor, staining it further. To remove acidic stains left by fruit juices, wine or tomato sauce, soak a rag in bleach and water, and leave it over the stain for at least an hour. Soak a towel with oxalic acid, and leave it over an area for at least 10 minutes to remove a rust stain.

Isopropyl alcohol, bleach and oxalic acid are all flammable. Exercise caution while using these materials to clean.

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