How to Get Out Child-Induced Floor Stains

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When it comes to parenting, one thing is for certain: someone is always going to be getting the floor dirty, and parents are going to be the ones cleaning up the mess. It’s almost a relief when someone spills orange juice or water — these things are easy to clean up! Not like some of the more hardy liquids and materials that require scraping, intense scrubbing, and harried Googling. Ready to take out some tougher child-induced stains from your floors? Here are three tips to help you out.

Getting Out the Special Stains

“I won’t spill, I promise!” Famous last words for many children. Some stains can’t be taken out the normal way — blood, wine, mustard and chocolate often need a little more care to remove than other water-soluble stains. One teaspoon of ammonia mixed with a cup of water can help remove these stains. Remember that hot water can set protein, though, so always remove blood with cooler water.

Wax and Gum

There are a few things all kids, or at least most of them, are invariably drawn to. Bubble gum is one of them. Leave your pack out on the counter and it’ll be empty by the rest of the day. Similarly, leave a candle burning and before long kids will be sticking their fingers and everything else into it. How can you remove wax or gum from your carpet? Use ice to freeze the wax or gum for easier removal. Peanut butter can help pry gum up. An iron can be placed over a paper towel on top of wax. The wax will melt and be absorbed by the paper towel.

How to Clean Rubber Flooring

Are you wondering how to clean rubber flooring? You might have said the exercise room was off limits, but who’s really listening to what mom or dad says about staying away from that fun exercise equipment? Cleaning rubber flooring isn’t difficult — just make sure you use an appropriate cleaning solution or very mild soap. Other cleaners, made for wood or linoleum, can potentially damage rubber. Clean once a week with a vacuum, as small debris can wear away rubber flooring.

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