Can You Use Bleach on Vinyl Floors?

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Bleach can be used on vinyl floors to remove stubborn stains, and covering a bleach-soaked rag with plastic wrap over the stain is a great way to eliminate it completely. Get ideas for cleaning vinyl floors with a demonstration from a professional home... View Video Transcript

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Rachel Yatuzis

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Hi, I'm Rachel Yatuzis and I'm here to tell you that yes, you can use bleach on your vinyl floors. Bleach can actually be a really great tool for vinyl floors. It's not going to harm your floors, you just want to make sure that the bleach does not touch any furniture, any, really anything except for the vinyl floor. If you have stains on your vinyl floors, I'm going to show you exactly how you're going to use this bleach. What you want to do first is get a bucket of, I would say about a teaspoon of water, and a, I mean a teaspoon of bleach, sorry, and a gallon of water. Teaspoon of bleach and gallon of water. Mix 'em together. This is going to be your bleach mixture that you're going to use. And you want to get a white rag. Make sure it's white. This one's a little bit dingy, but it's not a big deal. It's a cleaning rag so that's what it's for. Anyway, get it soaked in the bleach water and set it on top of the stains. Once you've done that, if the stain is really bad, or if you've tried to get it up several times and you really are losing hope, you want to cover your wet rag with plastic wrap. The boxes are always tricky. Let's see...and there we go. I got it, I got it. You want to cover it with plastic wrap and tape around the edges so you create a seal. This way the bleach water does not evaporate and it will stay on that stain. The stain will really soak in the bleach water and it'll really help bring the stain to the surface of the vinyl. And you can leave it like that overnight if you want. Next, once you've, you know, the next morning, you wake up, you can remove the plastic wrap in the rag and just wipe the space up. You may want to use a sponge if you need to scrub a little bit more, but just wipe the stain up and it'll come right up. Another reason you want to use the plastic wrap is because bleach has toxic fumes that are created any time you use it and you don't want your family breathing it in, so create that airtight seal with the plastic wrap. It'll make sure that nobody in your family gets harmed. I'm Rachel Yatuzis and I'm here to tell you that yes, you can use bleach on vinyl floors, and that is how.