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What would you recommend to clean vinyl kitchen floors with dogs around?


I love, own and use all the Bissell products and don’t know what I would do without my Bissell steam cleaner. We have two yellow labs. Can you tell me what you would recommend to use to clean kitchen floors that are just like vinyl (not stone or anything like that). I had read once where if the dogs lick the floor after you clean it they can develop kidney failure. I am always afraid to use anything but want my floors clean too. Any help would be appreciated.



Dear Joanne,

Wow, a labrador lover after my own heart! (My "Buck" was a yellow lab.)

First, let me bust a myth for you. That rumor about pets suffering liver failure after licking a recently cleaned floor is false! You can read more about the hoax here. As for keeping your vinyl-like floor free from pet messes, BISSELL's Pet Inspired line of products and the formulas used with their carpet cleaners are all "purr-fectly safe" for your pets. Additionally, BISSELL's Steam Mop is fabulous because it simply uses steam for cleaning. This is great for anyone concerned about cleaning residue. Also, my advice is to always follow the instructions on the label of any product. BISSELL's pet products instruct you to "keep children and pets off the cleaned surface until it has dried". Then is it safe for them to use the floor--even lick the floor.

I hope this puts your mind at ease!

Kristen Buck60x60

Written by:
Kristen Levine, Pet Lifestyle Expert

October 21, 2009

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