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FYI: Floor Care

Cleaning ideas for floors

Posted By: Sandy in WI Date: Wednesday, 29 March 2000, at 8:46 a.m.

General Tips For Floors:
To get a quick shine on your floors between waxings, use wax paper under your dust mop. The surface will shine while the dirt sticks to the wax paper.

Cleaning Tips From Libman Website Visitors:
From Cheryl Speer; Northport, AL: To remove candle wax from carpet, place a paper towel over the wax and gently go over it with your iron on low heat. As the wax melts, it will be absorbed by the paper towel.

From Rose Caldwell; Forest City, NC: Static in your carpet? Fill a spray bottle with water and add a teaspoon or two of fabric softener. Mist carpet lightly. No more unexpected ZAPS!

From Mark Zaczyk; Windham, NH: Turn cleaning floors into a game with small children. When mopping, have them pretend the spots on the floor are little monsters, and when they are cleaned up, the monsters have been captured. Games like this make children want to help with household chores!

From Sherri Givens; Auburn, AL: When mopping, use two water containers - one for soapy washing water and the other for rinse water. Otherwise, you continually put dirt back onto your floor each time you go back for more water.

From Jodi Meyer; Genoa City, WI: Use a little bit of furniture polish on the bottom of your Libman broom to pick up more dust.

From Lorraine Savage; Blacksburg, VA: To clean wine spills from carpet, sprinkle liberally with salt and gently work the salt into the base of the stain with a Libman All-Purpose Kitchen Cloth (#68). Let the salt absorb all of the wine. Then blot with a dampened cloth.

From Mike Picchioldi; Edwardsville, IL: To remove tar from vinyl floors, rub some peanut butter on the spot. The peanut butter will dissolve the tar.

From Beth Morgan; Euless, TX: I have a "Mop Day" in my house once a week. I get out my mop and bucket and go to work! Aside from the kitchen floor, I have 2 1/2 bathrooms and an entry way to mop. I've found it much easier to do them all at once than to break it up!

From Lee Tyree; Chrisney, IN: A couple capfuls of fabric softener to a gallon of warm water will make your no wax floors shine again.

From Polly L. Gundry; Keene, NH: To remove pine tree residue from the floor, use Soft Scrub or car polish. Just dab a little on a Libman All-Purpose Kitchen Cloth (#68) and gently rub. It will wipe right off! Make sure you rinse the spot, especially if you use car polish.

From M.J. Rushforth; Dallas, TX: Use a Libman broom to sweep away dirt from the edges of carpet stairs. Then vacuum it. Also do this along the edges of the carpet in each room.

From S. Durham; Lancaster, CA: To clean any stain out of carpets, here's a solution that works well and you don't have to rinse! The recipe is: 1/4 cup liquid Wisk laundry detergent, 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar, and 1 qt. hot tap water. Dip a sponge into the solution, squeeze out excess water, apply to stain, and rub in a circular motion. Make sure you have enough solution in the carpet. Blot dry.

From Rose Caldwell; Forest City, NC: Spill cooking oil? Absorb it with kitty litter then sweep it up with the Libman Precision Angle Broom (#201), Large Precision Angle Broom (#205), or Traditional Corn Broom (#101)! Also works for the garage floor where the car may leak oil!

From Saundra Abrams; Hilton, NY: For a shinier floor, add baking soda to your mop water and clean with your Libman Gator Mop.

From Jean; Cutchogue, NY: I am a professional house-cleaner and my tip for cleaning no-wax floors is to add 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1/2 cup of ammonia to 1-2 gallons of water and then mop with the Libman Wonder Mop. I use it all the time. I even recommend it to my customers!

From Donna Deeter; Joliett, PA: When cleaning a linoleum floor, I put the cleaning solution in a squirt bottle instead of in the bucket of water. I just squirt solution on the areas that need it and then mop with a damp Wonder mop. It saves on cleaning solution and ends up being faster.

From Nancy Jachcik; Frasier, MI: To remove black heel marks off of a no-wax floor, use a small amount of toothpaste on a cloth. This will not harm the no-wax surface. Finish off with a light mopping using either the gator or wonder mop. For a nice, aromatic touch, add a small amount of your favorite perfume to the mop water.

From Amy Simmons; Malvern, AR: To save money, I add a box of baking soda to my Carpet Fresh. It not only makes my Carpet Fresh last longer, it also helps do away with strong odors.

From Robert Dyer; Staffordshire, England: Ever rearranged your furniture and not known how to get rid of those awful dents in the carpet left by the couch and chair legs? Just put an ice cube in them. It will help the carpet return to normal.

From June Hochel; Crystal Lake, IL: To remove pet urine from the carpet, combine 1/2 cup of peroxide with 1 tablespoon of amonia. Then using a white cloth, dab the mixture lightly on the stain until it is gone. Finally, cover the area with plastic wrap until it is dry.

From Sandra Shepherd; Olmsted Falls, OH: To remove gum, black marks, and tile adhesive from your bathroom and kitchen tile floors, use mineral spirits.

From Michelle Wallace; Mechanicsville, MD: If you have animals and fleas. . . a good way to get rid of them in your carpet is to use Borax laundry detergent. Sprinkle on the carpet and take a broom and sweep in the Borax. Let sit for a day or so and then vacuum it. It will get rid of the fleas as well as clean your carpet.

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