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How to Clean Shoe Polish Stains From Vinyl Floors

Shoe polish can bring shoes and sneakers back to life, but when the polish gets onto other items it can be a nightmare. Shoe polish has a tendency to adhere to whatever surface it is put on.

Things You Will Need

  • Asetone Nail Polish Remover
  • A damp cloth
  • Cotton balls
  • Floor cleaner
  • A mop

Shoe polish can bring shoes and sneakers back to life, but when the polish gets onto other items it can be a nightmare.  Shoe polish has a tendency to adhere to whatever surface it is put on.

When it is wet it smears badly, only making the removal harder, but when it's dry it can be difficult to pull up without damaging the floor.  Removing shoe polish from vinyl flooring is not an easy task but with a few basic household products it can be done.


How to Remove Shoe Polish from Linoleum Floors

  1. Take a cotton ball and moisten it with nail polish remover. Rub the cotton ball over the shoe polish mark.
  2. Continiously switch out the cotton balls for a new one as they get dirty and blackened until the stain is listed from the floor.
  3. Take a wash cloth and dampen it with plain water and go over the area you've just removed the polish from with the cotton balls. The cloth will pull up any remaining bits.
  4. Take a vinyl safe floor cleaner and dilute it with water if necessary. You may use any floor cleaner, a spray type works just as well too.
  5. Mop the floor to remove any remnants of the polish and acetone. Let the floor dry and it should look good as new.
  6. Tip

    Do not pour the nail polish remover directly on the stain Use an Acetone-based remover, non-acetone removers will not work

Things You Will Need

  • Acetone nail polish remover
  • Damp cloth
  • Cotton balls
  • Floor cleaner
  • Mop

Tip

  • Do not pour the nail polish remover directly on the stain. Use an Acetone-based remover, non-acetone removers will not work.

About the Author

Andrea "Andie" Francese. She worked as an entertainment editor, blogger and managing editor for the Mercy College "Impact" starting in 2006. Francese won 2 Quill Awards for her work on the "Impact" including Excellence in Journalism and Enterprise Journalism. She currently works for several blogging sites. Francese holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology with a minor in media studies at Mercy College.