I don't know how it got this way but an area of the vinyl kitchen floor
is slicker'n snail snot. I have cleaned with various floor cleaners,
409 and other household cleaners, and it is still slick. My first
thought was somebody sprayed it with furniture polish, but that's not
it. My guess is it must be from some piece of food that fell and got
stomped on before someone saw it.
Anyway, this must be a common problem. Anyway, outside of scuffing it
with sandpaper, can anyone recommend a cleaner made for this?
I remember in school, when the maintenance people would mop and wax the
stage in the auditorium, some folks would shake up a bottle of diet
soda, spray t on the floor and then mop it up. Evidently something in
the drink cut the wax. They used diet to avoid the sugar being sticky.
I would drip some water onto the floor in the slick area and use a
flashlight laid flat on the floor to see if the water beads up when you
try to spread it with your fingers. If so, then whatever it is on the
floor isn't soluble in water.
If the water can be spread out over the slick area, then whatever is on
the floor is soluble in water.
Depending on the results you get, I'd use mineral spirits, or just plain
soapy water to clean the floor.
If neither of those work, then try full strength bleach on an
inconspicuous area of your sheet vinyl floor with a Q-tip first to
confirm it doesn't hurt the floor. I use bleach on my sheet vinyl
bathroom floors all the time, and it doesn't hurt the flooring. If you
confirm it doesn't hurt the flooring, try full strength bleach in the
slick area. Bleach breaks up large organic molecules into small pieces
which are more readily soluble in water.
Thanks M&N. Will try these tonight.
This morning I noticed that it was really slippery when wearing house
shoes with rubber soles. Looking at the soles they had what looked like
white powder. I wiped them off with a wet paper towel, dried and then
the floor was not slippery. Then walked over the whole house and no
powder came off on the shoes again. Then later on, walked back in the
kitchen and it was slippery only in that area again, and power was back
on the shoes.
This sounds really simple to figure out, but I have not been able to
find out where the powder is coming from. First thought as talcum
powder, but that's not it. I'm wondering if there is some kind of dust
or power falling from the ceilings.... hope not, that would not be good.
Anyway onward and upward, as they say.
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