Vinyl is a material used frequently in and around homes. This material is versatile, low maintenance, and easy to clean. It is affordable, recyclable, and energy efficient. Kitchen floors, siding, windows, doors and furnishings are just a few household items that are commonly made of vinyl. Although it is easy to take care of, if vinyl gets sticky from chewing gum, adhesive, children's fingers or even cleaning products, there are special steps that should be taken to clean it.
Mop a sticky vinyl floor with clean water. While still wet, cover the area heavily with sea or kosher salt.
Allow the salt to dry into a crust. This may take up to 1 hour, depending on the humidity.
Sweep up the salt, sweeping up the sticky residue along with it. Mop the area with a combination of 1/4 cup of white vinegar dissolved in 1 quart of warm water.
Wipe vinyl siding, seats or other vinyl surfaces with a cloth saturated in pure white vinegar. If the vinegar does not remove the sticky residue, dab a little lubricating oil, such as WD-40, onto the area and wipe it clean.
Pour 1 tbsp. of dishwashing soap into a bathtub full of warm water and work into a lather. Soak sticky vinyl window blinds in the water for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Rinse the blinds, and wipe any sticky residue away with a clean cloth.