Removing Stains From Vinyl Furniture
Try as you might, your vinyl furniture could just be at risk from paint drips when you are redecorating, or even at risk from the permanent marker wielding toddler in your house.
Before you try any vinyl stain remover methods on your furniture, you should be sure to test the cleaning solutions on a hidden part of the furniture. While vinyl is a very sturdy material, it never hurts to check for colorfastness when removing stains.
- Using a clean sponge dipped in rubbing alcohol, carefully wipe up the stain.
- If the stain is pen or marker, it should simply wipe off with one or two quick swipes
- If the stain is rust, mildew, or another difficult to remove compound, then you may need to apply an undiluted solution of hydrogen peroxide directly to the stain.
- Allow the hydrogen peroxide to set on the stain for up to thirty minutes.
- Completely rinse clean in order to remove all traces of the hydrogen peroxide. While it might be a very effective cleaning agent, it can also be a potential cause for stains if left on a surface for too long.
If you find that the stain is proving difficult to completely remove with rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide, then you should consider using a bit of mineral spirits on a clean sponge.
Removing Stains From Vinyl Boat And Car Surfaces
Even if your boat spends a fair amount of time tied up at the marina or parked in a garage, the vinyl surfaces of your boat’s upholstered seats can often be subjected to a range of stains. There are many commercially available vinyl stain remover products but they can also prove to be on the expensive side.
- Dab a small amount of rubbing alcohol onto a clean sponge.
- Carefully rub on the stain until it starts to come away from the vinyl surface.
- If rubbing alcohol is proving ineffective, then you should consider using mineral spirits.
- Once the stain has been removed, it is important that you thoroughly rinse the formerly stained area with a mild dish detergent and cold water.
Before you start any vinyl stain remover process on your car or your boat, you should verify that the surfaces are actually vinyl and not leather. While it is rare for someone to confuse the two, these things do happen. Vinyl is typically more durable than leather so you may just find that a simple mix up like this can damage the leather surfaces in your vehicle.
Removing Stains From Vinyl Siding
The siding on your home is exposed to an array of stain-causing elements. By following a few vinyl stain remover steps, you can restore your vinyl siding to pristine condition.
- Spray the siding using a power washer in order to remove any accumulated dirt and grime.
- Create a solution of one part hydrogen peroxide and two parts water, in a spray bottle.
- Spray the cleaning solution onto the vinyl siding.
- Scrub with a large hard bristled brush until the stains start to be worked out of the siding.
- Rinse thoroughly using a mild dish detergent.
Avoid using things like steel wool and nail polish remover on your vinyl stains. While effective at removing other types of problem stains, as a vinyl stain remover product, these two items can actually do a lot more harm than good to the vinyl surfaces in and around your home.