How to Clean Vinyl Flooring

How to Clean Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring in the kitchen and bathrooms is the favored option for many homeowners as it looks sleek and, more importantly, easy to clean!

Most vinyl floorings are not only low-cost, but they are also water- and stain-resistant, too! Unlike other types of flooring, vinyl flooring can maintain its beauty for years. However, as it is often used in places where people often gather, exposing it to general wear and tear due to foot traffic, it often needs to be cleaned. 

With that being said, here are some easy steps to keep your vinyl floors beautiful and clean!

Before we start discussing ways to clean vinyl flooring, it is important to remember to never use abrasives on your vinyl floors. Abrasives may seem like they’ve fixed the problem, but they can also remove the vinyl tiles’ protective coating. Over time, over scrubbing and cleaning with abrasives will completely ruin your floors. Remember to avoid using wire wool, sandpaper, and even acidic detergents when cleaning your vinyl floors. 

When in doubt, consult the professionals like Flooring HQ who can advise you on how to clean your floors safely. 

For the general maintenance and cleanliness of your vinyl floors, here’s what you can do.

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1. Keep a doormat near exits and entrances of rooms where you have vinyl flooring.

When entering, make sure to wipe off the dirt from your shoes on the doormat to prevent dirt from damaging your floors. If possible, take off your shoes before entering to avoid bringing in dirt and to avoid scuffing the floors.

2. Learn to clean your Vinyl Flooring regularly.

Dirt and dust (when they have hardened) can become abrasives, which can then take the beautiful shine out of your vinyl floors. 

Sweeping your floors daily will remove any loose dirt and dust that may also cause health concerns like allergies and the like. 

For easier cleaning, you may use a vacuum.  But be mindful of the heavy plastic of the vacuum as it may leave scuffs and scratches.

3. After sweeping, follow it up by mopping the Vinyl flooring

Remember to avoid using strong cleaning products when mopping as they can damage your vinyl flooring. Some vinyl floors have “no-wax” protective coverings. So before using any cleaning products, make sure that the cleaning agents you are using are safe for your floors.

When mopping your floors, using two mops is a smart option. Use the first mop to clean your floors with soap or cleaning agents. Afterward, use mop no. 2 to go over the entire space again to ensure that there is no residue left behind from the cleaning agents you had used.

4. Avoid Stains Of The Vinyl Flooring

Though most vinyl floorings are water-resistant, it is still ideal that you clean spills immediately to avoid stains that can damage your floors.

Drinks that contain sugar may cause damage to your floors, and when they’ve dried up, they can be hard to clean. It is better to clean any spill or stain immediately with a damp towel or a mop to avoid staining or distortion in the design of your vinyl flooring.

DIY Solution: Use a mixture of two teaspoons of baking soda and one teaspoon of water to gently scrub away the food or drinks. Avoid scrubbing too hard or using rough cleaning materials to ensure that your floors aren’t damaged.

If stains are stubborn and the simple baking soda mixture fails to get rid of them, dab a bit of rubbing alcohol to a cloth and gently scrub the stains. Avoid big wiping motions to ensure that the stains don’t spread!

5. Use WD-40 To Clean The Vinyl Floors

Shoes and furniture can cause bothersome scuffs to appear on your beautiful vinyl floors. But don’t worry! A little WD-40 can help clean them! Apply a bit of WD-40 onto a soft, clean cloth and then gently scrub the scuff marks until they’ve disappeared.

Some scuff marks are shallow so they’re able to be cleaned with WD-40, but some may go in deeper into the flooring, which makes them more difficult to remove. You can clean the marks to make them less visible. But in order for them to completely disappear, you have to replace each individual tile.

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Wrapping it up

Vinyl flooring is durable and very beautiful, indeed! Though they may be durable, we still need to maintain them to keep their shine and glow. Hopefully, with these five easy and helpful steps, you’ll be able to keep your vinyl floors looking shiny and brand new!