CARE AND CLEANING OF VINYLS


Vinyl requires periodic cleaning to maintain its neat appearance and to prevent the build up of dirt and contaminants that may permanently stain and reduce the life of the vinyl if they are not removed. The frequency of cleaning depends on the amount of use and environmental conditions to which the vinyl is subjected.


NORMAL CLEANING
In general, most common stains can be cleaned using warm, soapy water and clear water rinses. Moderate scrubbing with a medium bristle brush will help to loosen soiling material from the depressions of embossed surfaces.
Full strength rubbing alcohol or mineral spirits may be tried cautiously as a last resort on very stubborn stains, Indiscriminate use of any solvent or solvent containing cleaner can severely damage or discolor vinyl.

Certain stains may become permanently set unless they are removed immediately.

The procedure for the removal of the more severe staining agents is outlined below:


BALLPOINT INK, PERMANENT MARKER
Ink spots will stain vinyl permanently. Immediate wiping with rubbing alcohol in well ventilated area will remove much of the stain.


OIL BASE PAINT
The use of turpentine in well ventilated area will remove any fresh paint. Dried paint must be moistened carefully with a semisolid gel type stripper so that the softened paint can gently be scraped away. Rinse with soap and water.


LATEX PAINT
Fresh paint can be wiped off with a damp cloth. Hot soap water will normally remove dried latex.


TAR, ASPHALT
Remove immediately, as prolonged contact will result in a permanent stain. Use a cloth lightly dampened with mineral spirits and rub the stain gently, working from the outer edge of the stain towards the center in order to prevent spreading. Rinse with soap and water.


CRAYON, MUSTARD, KETCHUP
Sponge with mild soap and water! For stubborn stains that may have set, use a cloth soaked in diluted mild detergent with gentle rubbing.
Any remaining stain should be washed with diluted bleach. Rinse repeatedly with clear, cold water.


CHEWING GUM
Scrape off as much as possible with a dull knife. Rubbing with an ice cube will assist and make it easier to remove when scraping. The remaining gum should then be removed in well ventilated area using a cloth saturated with mineral spirits. Use light rubbing. Rinse thoroughly with clean water.


LIPSTICK, GREASE, OIL, EYE SHADOW, SHOE POLISH
Apply a small quantity of mineral spirits be means of cloth with gentle rubbing. Take care not to spread the stain by smearing it beyond its original source. No time should be lost in removing shoe polish as it contains a dye which will cause permanent staining. Rinse thoroughly with water.


CANDY, ICE CREAM, COFFEE, TEE, FRUIT STAINS, LIQUOR, WINE, SUNTAN LOTION, SOFT DRINKS
Use clear, lukewarm water and a sponge repeatedly. Any loose material should be gentle scraped with a dull knife. Any soiled are remaining after drying should be gently rubbed with cloth spotted with a mild detergent solution. Rinse thoroughly with clean water.


BLOODS, LEAF RESIDUE
Rub out any spots with a clean cloth soaked in cool water. If stubborn spots remain, use household ammonia and rinse repeatedly with a clean, wet cloth. Do not use hot water or soapsuds, as this will set the stain.


BIRD EXCRETA, NAUSEA STAINS
Sponge the area with soapy water containing diluted bleach until the stain is removed. Rinse thoroughly with water.


URINE STAINS
Sponge with soapy water containing a small amount of household ammonia; Rinse thoroughly with water.


SURFACE MILDEW
Wash with diluted bleach; use a soft brush for stubborn growth. Rinse repeatedly with clear, cold water.



WARNING
Powered abrasive, cleaners containing abrasives, steel wool and industrial strength cleaner are not recommended for vinyl.
Any lacquer solvent will cause immediate, irreparable damage to the vinyl.
Wax should never be used on any vinyl upholstery, as it will cause premature embitterment and cracking.
Dilute chlorine bleach before using. Never use at full strength.
If flammable solvents such as alcohol, turpentine are used for cleaning, then only small quantities should be employed in a well ventilated area. Exercise proper care by advising any personnel in the area and keep away from any ignition source. Always wear protective gloves.