As usual, when I post another crazy cleaning tip I have to wonder how many people will think I’ve completely lost my mind! :-) Well, if you haven’t thought that before….this post may just convince you otherwise.
But here goes….because CRAZY or not…it works!:-)
So here’s a question for you…..take a look at this picture. Does this look like a floor that has JUST been swept and mopped? Of course not! Look at all the dirt that is still “polka-dotting” the floor!
Well, believe it or not…this picture WAS taken right AFTER I had swept and mopped! That dirt you see is dirt that is SO imbedded into the indentations and crevices of the design that it is IMPOSSIBLE to get out. I have tried everything! Well, everything short of setting it on fire! :-) THAT would probably take care of the problem!
I had long ago given up on ever getting that ground in dirt out. I just sweep and mop regularly (while daydreaming of my future hardwood floors) and TRY not to notice it too much. Well that is IMPOSSIBLE as well. It just drives me crazy!
If you have been reading my blog for awhile…you might remember this post from last month: Homemade Carpet Stain Remover…NO Scrubbing Needed!
I was so impressed by this technique…that it got me thinking about my kitchen floor. This couldn’t possibly work on vinyl flooring! Could it??????? hmmmmm. I couldn’t think of a good enough reason NOT to try it. (Except for the embarrassment of being caught sitting on the floor “ironing” my kitchen floor!)
So I did. And well, once again, the pictures speak for themselves!
Yes, believe it or not, I spent probably an hour or so IRONING MY FLOOR! If that doesn’t scream NUT JOB….I don’t know what does. lol. But despite the hubster and kids shaking their heads at “crazy mom” doin her “thing” again….it was *I* who had the LAST LAUGH! hahahahaha. I finally conquered the the IMPOSSIBLE dirt imbedded into my kitchen floors!
The pictures below kind of tell the tale of how I did it. But I basically did exactly what I did in the previous post about getting stains out of carpet…although I soaked a towel in the ammonia mixture before I put it down on the dirty area. I didn’t bother with spraying. Just make sure the towel is nice and wet. Then put your iron down on the towel and let the power of the ammonia and HOT steam do its MAGIC!
Try and keep the iron ON the towel and not on the vinyl. :-) I had the iron set on its highest heat setting and ironing on top of just one thickness of towel. No burns, discoloration, nothing. Just clean!