Cleaning Spilled Milk

by Doris Donnerman
(last updated February 20, 2009)

Cleaning up spilled milk is supposed to be easy. All that you should have to do is simply clean up by wiping the mess and following the directions of your cleaner. Unfortunately that does not always work out the way that it should. There is a simple reason for this. Milk, since it is an organic compound, can be "cooked" into the flooring by the cleaning agent that you use. The result would be a thin, milky film-type stain that seems to not want to come up at all.

To actually clean up the spilled milk, without causing this problem, begin by using clear, clean water. After that has been mopped up or wiped up, proceed to using one of the following methods depending on your flooring type, in the event that the stain is present.

  • Hardwood floors. There are a few simple tools you will need to use with this type of flooring material. You will need a razor blade or some other type of sharpened tool, a damp cloth, and some type of wood cleaner like Murphy Oil Soap, and possibly some floor wax. Throughout this entire process work from the outside of where the stain is towards the middle of the stain. Using the razor blade and a gentle scraping motion, remove the film from the floor. Be careful to not scratch or gouge the wood beneath the stain. Once the stain has been removed, take a damp cloth and some of the Murphy Oil Soap and rub softly over where the stain was. There may be a need to re-wax the spot.
  • Linoleum. About the only time that there is going to be a milky film after cleaning on this type of flooring is when there has been a significant buildup of wax on the floor. This should be an indicator that the time has come to redo the floor anyway. So go ahead and strip and wax from the floor and in the process take care of the stain left from the spilled milk.
  • Tile. For this flooring you want to use a homemade cleaning mixture. There should be approximately 25% liquid dish detergent, 25% antibacterial cleanser, and 50% water. This cleaning solution should be safe for most, if not all, types of tile flooring. Clean the spill as you would with a regular cleaner, and if necessary then polish the floor.

Author Bio

Doris Donnerman

Doris is a jack of all trades, writing on a variety of topics. Her articles have helped enlighten and entertain thousands over the years. ...

MORE FROM DORIS

Reducing the Chance of Chimney Fires

The threat of a fire scares any homeowner. Reduce your risk of a fire by taking proper care of your chimney.

Discover More

Unclogging a Utility Sink Using a Snake

Utility sinks may clog up on you at almost anytime. The reason for this is simply due to the various abuses that they are ...

Discover More

Basset Hound

Being close to the ground with a very strong nose, the Basset Hound is ideal for small game hunting. He is docile in ...

Discover More

Tough Cleaning Jobs Require Brawny! Brawny paper towels provide the versatility you need: the strength for demanding jobs and the softness to clean up your child's messy face. This 24-roll pack of pick-a-size sheets can handle just about every cleaning task in your home. Check out Brawny 24-Pack Giant Paper Towels today!

More Cleaning Tips

Removing Stains from Wood Floors

You can use various methods to remove stains on wood floors. For water stains, use toothpaste, fine grade steel wool, or ...

Discover More

Removing Food Stains from Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring, while a beautiful addition to the home can be a serious pain in the butt. That being said, they are ...

Discover More

Removing Stains from Tile

Most stains on tile come in the form of hard water, mildew, or rust. Rust must be removed with a commercial rust remover, ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 8 - 1?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.