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Laminate and Wool?
updated: Nov 09, 2012, 9:57 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

I moved into a new apartment and need cleaning tips with my new floors. My carpet is a type of wool, I think, and it stains really easy. I've tried oxyclean and a foam solvent, both unsuccessful.

In my kitchen I have this interesting green laminate type of floor. I've tried the swiffer and a steamer, neither completely get the floor clean.

Any ideas out there?

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 COMMENT 340954 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-09 10:10 AM

For the carpet, try dry laundry detergent. For the laminate, vinegar.


 COMMENT 340970 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-09 10:32 AM

Kitchen: looks like regular old linoleum. Hot water, ammonia, scrub brush and good old elbow grease.
Carpet: Wool is a b*tch. Can't help you there. That is why I dont' have any carpet in my house, I learned the hard way (yes I know this is a rental and you have no choice!).


 COMMENT 340971 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-09 10:33 AM

Carpet stains are often from sugars embedded in the fibers that attract dirt. You need a steam cleaner to get that out (not a rug doctor) use a pro. --Facility Manager


 COMMENT 340996 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-09 11:13 AM

First, take tons of pictures so that if you ever move out, you have proof of what was dirty when you moved in.

Second, Folex is an absolute God-send. It will remove almost any stain (rust, dirt, wine, blood, animal accidents), and won't attract new ones like water does. Put in a machine with filtered water and your carpet will be like new.

I've no idea what to do with the laminate. Comet?


 COMMENT 341031P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-09 12:26 PM


Can it be used in a spray bottle with pure water?


 SBROCKS agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-09 01:08 PM

Gelson's has spray rug cleaner that you spray and just watch the spots disappear.


 COMMENT 341070P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-09 01:55 PM

Yup, what 996 said, pictures will save you from them trying to blame the stains on you later.


 COMMENT 341079 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-09 02:16 PM

Yes, Folex can be used in a spray bottle diluted with water. It's not cheap stuff, either, so diluting it will help you keep it around longer. But it is a miracle worker.


 COMMENT 341086 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-09 02:51 PM

Folex always. Then a dab with clear water and vinegar.

Coleman's are great carpet cleaaners for a one time shot. They are not cheap but the carpet looks and stays great for a long time if your keep an eye on stains, spills and entry grubby marks.


 COMMENT 341087 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-09 02:51 PM

I have a Hoover Floormate for my tile floors and I Love It. I love it so much, when the first one "died" I bought another one (luckily they upgraded the model in the meantime). Spinning brushes do all the elbow grease work for you. Cleaning solution is sprayed and then sucked back up so the floors dry super fast. Refill solution is available at the vacuum shop in Goleta on Calle Real near Outback Steakhouse!

Folex for the carpet is an excellent suggestion.


 COMMENT 341516P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-10 07:10 PM

Have you requested specific cleaning instructions from the landlord or property management company? That's where I'd start.

I doubt that's "old fashioned linoleum". Nowadays it's a diff formulation; most sold is the brand Marmoleum. It takes a special cleaner and a special sealer. Go to a floor dealer and get the right products if your landlord can't tell you about how to clean it. Do not use the Floormate on Marmoleum floors.


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