Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Works for me Wednesday

Today's works for me Wednesday is a backwards edition. That means that instead of me sharing a tip, I get to ask for one from you!
My question involves cleaning my bathroom floor. I have a Shark steam mop which I love. It works great everywhere but in our main bathroom. I think it's the hairspray (I blame Heather!) which ends up on the floor and leaves a residue. Does anyone have any tips or great products for keeping vinyl flooring clean, especially from things like hairspray? Thanks for your help!
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22 comments:

Mary said...

Mari,

I always wash my bathroom floor by hand, using vinegar and hot water. Well, I should say I used to. Since I can't get down on my knees anymore, hubby has to do it and it doesn't get washed as often as I'd like. However the vinegar works great. Once washed, just have a dry rag on hand to dry it and it shines like a bottle.

Hope this helps.

Blessings,
Mary

Michelle said...

yes, hairspray makes the bathroom floor awful! ;) the only thing i have found to work is the clorox spray that comes in a bottle. i spray (i use a ton of it) and let it sit a while before mopping up

Kayren, Pink Daisy Girl said...

I know rubbing alcohol will take it off of a hand mirror, but a floor is a whole lot bigger. If the vinegar trick doesn't work you might try mixing a little with water and seeing if it wipes off.

Darla said...

this will sound harsh, but i used to have vinyl flooring in my kitchen in a house that i rented. it had little grooves in the vinyl that caught dirt and gunk, and evidently the people that lived there before fried alot of foods. i used ammonia on a scrubber sponge and it would break it right apart. it was addictive.

Jennifer said...

I wash all my vinyl floors by hand on my hands and knees and I use a magic eraser with Mr. Clean. I love my magic erasers.
Smiles!

Hootin' Anni said...

For vinyl that is something that needs to be scrubbed once in a while on hands and knees. And hairspray comes off well [at least for me] with just nothing but windex! That's powerful cleaner. Try it.

Susan said...

No advice to offer from me. I have ceramic floors & don't use hair spray!! The tips you've received all sound good. I'm a great believer, and use a lot of white vinager.
Susan

Brooke said...

ooh...i'm gonna try the vingear idea :)

~Ginger said...

Dissolve multi-purpose cleaner. Someone gave it to me years ago for hairspray issues, you know with 4 women in this house.

You can get it at Sally's I believe. The girl that used to do my hair told me she used it on her mirrors and curling irons. I use it on my irons, doors, and floors. It works! Hot water + dissolve!

Heart2Heart said...

Mari,

That is funny because I would have thought that steam would have taken that away since when your sprayer clogs they tell you to run it under warm water for your hair spray bottle. I just use some hot water and let it sit before scrubbing it by hand with a sponge.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Dawn said...

Using straight ammonia in a closed space like a bathroom is a good way to make yourself very sick, so I'd be careful about that... but straight vinegar, if the hot water & vinegar doesn't take it all off, should work just great. Use that and a scrubbie pad (wear gloves, vinegar is harsh on your hands too) if needed but you may not need to. Hairspray is awful! I remember taking fingernail polish remover to my curling iron in high school to take the baked on hairspray off.

Pat said...

I have to vote for the ammonia. I use a cleaner like Parsons ammonia and it makes every thing shine and it's very inexpensive. Of course your lungs are destroyed, but the hairspray is gone! LOL!

Linda said...

I was going to say, vinegar and hot water works well for me, I use it for all my cleaning.

Good Luck!
Linda

Young Wife said...

Maybe a little baking soda with the Steam Shark? Hope it helps!

Jane said...

Mari,
Thank you so much for your kind words on my blog. I appreciate the link to Shelly's blog. I will definitely pay her a visit.
Thank you again,
Jane

Connie said...

Trusty vinegar will work, I bet!

Sandra said...

Baking soda or vinegar, it's what I use on my floors and let me tell you, it works considering our base housing floors are nasty LOL

Life with Kaishon said...

I wish I could give good help... but I can't! Sorry Mari! I so rarely mop our bathroom floor... or even the kitchen one! Thank goodness for the NICEST and SWEETEST cleaning girl on the planet : ) It is worth every. single. penny : )

Debbie said...

You mean you can clean that stuff? I had no idea:)

Musicaljean said...

VERY hot water (as in almost boiling) and a multi-purpose cleaner worked for me.

Jenny said...

I didn't read all of the comments and maybe this has already been mentioned, but I'm a great fan of Clorox Cleanup. I keep it in the kitchen and all three baths because it's so easy to spray and wipe up with paper toweling for spot cleaning, or even to spray and follow with a hot-water scrub by hand or mop. It smells great and really gets the area clean. Two of my baths are pretty small so it only takes a snap to clean the floors this way. Of course good ventilation is a must, but this product isn't as strong as ammonia or straight bleach.

Cherdecor said...

I use Armstrong Floor Cleaner. It seems to work really well. I buy it at Walmart.