How To Clean Vinyl Flooring

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Vinyl flooring is an inexpensive and durable flooring option that looks great. That is why it’s one of the most popular and preferred flooring options.

But you need to clean it to maintain its good look right? So how to clean vinyl flooring? Is this task difficult?

Not at all! Just follow the methods and tips discussed here and you’ll be the proud owner of a beautiful and clean vinyl flooring.

With these vinyl cleaning tips, you can clean a really dirty vinyl floor that has stains of paint, ink, grease, etc. Along with the vinyl flooring cleaning, I will share with you some tips that will help you to maintain your vinyl flooring.

How to Clean Vinyl Flooring?

Here is a step-by-step guide to deep cleaning your vinyl floor.

Step 1: Sweeping your Vinyl Floor

Never mop your vinyl floor before you sweep it.

It’s a very basic cleaning tip that applies to most of the things when you clean them. If you mop a dusty floor first, then the loose dust will get wet and stick to the floor. 

I find wet dust too disgusting to clean. Apart from resulting in difficulty in cleaning and an improper finish on your vinyl floors, it can also cause scratches on that surface.

So every time you plan to mop your vinyl floor, keep in mind to sweep it lightly beforehand to clean the loose dust. It saves time, as most of the dust will already be gone and then you can just quickly mop and rinse the floor for a proper finish.

Step 2: The Proper Vacuum Setting

Are you wondering if you can vacuum your vinyl flooring (because this is easier) instead of sweeping?

Yes, it’s completely fine if you vacuum your flooring.

But you need to be careful when dealing with the vinyl using vacuum cleaners. You must have heard that vacuum cleaners can leave scratches behind on the floor. It’s true because vacuum cleaners are of quite a good size as well as heavy.

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You can avoid those scratches if you vacuum in the right manner. It’s the beater bar of your vacuum that causes all the scratches, so remove it when cleaning your vinyl flooring to avoid scratches or scuffs. Or you change your vacuum cleaner’s setting to the bare floor mode (check if it has it). Doing this will not require you to remove the beater bar.

Step 3. Get the Right Cleaner

Now it’s time to mop the floor after sweeping or vacuuming it. It’s a common thought that a strong cleaner will clean the place easily. But that’s not necessarily true as that is only good for the short term.

When you need your vinyl flooring in the best condition even after years, strong cleaners are something that I will not suggest.

Why? Because they damage the flooring in the long run.

What works best is a solution of plain warm water with some soap in it. Dampen your mop in this solution and you are ready to go. Don’t keep the mop too damp like water is just continuously dropping from it.

Using an excess of water on the floor will not do any good because the water will enter the cracks of the floor bending loosening or curling the edges by reducing the effectiveness of the glue that holds it together…in short, it will damage it. Just keep the mop wet enough to clean the floor.

You must be thinking if this mild solution will be as efficient as some pro cleaner?

It can work better than introducing your floor to the heavy cleaners rather than just saving you money which you would have spent in buying the expensive chemical cleaners.   

Can you clean vinyl flooring using household materials?

The best part about cleaning vinyl floors is that household materials work the best in cleaning them saving you money which otherwise you would have spent in buying those chemical cleaners…unnecessarily. Yeah…those heavy chemical cleaners aren’t required at all when you can use household substances such as apple cider vinegar for the best clean.

Yeah, I know it’s food, but the acid in it cleans the floor well without leaving any scratches, residue, damage, etc. Because it’s used in cleaning, it nowhere justifies that you can’t drink it. It’s very healthy for you.

Just add a cup of apple cider vinegar to around a bucket full of warm water and your cleaner is ready.

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Don’t use bleach or alcohol for cleaning because doing so will damage your vinyl floor by deteriorating the quality of the top layer.

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Avoid using a single mop

If you are using a mop for cleaning, avoid using a single mop for the purpose. Use two mops—one for cleaning and the second one for rinsing.

Why you should do so?

To make sure there is no soap scum left on the floor when you rinse it so that you don’t slip and fall. A good reason right? Yeah, it will make it look neater too.

Don’t use steam mops

High temperatures cause damage to the vinyl floors. That is why steam mops need to be avoided. They look cool and stuff, but they deteriorate the cool looks of your floor.

That is why it’s advised to use warm water and not hot water to clean vinyl flooring.

Step 4. How to Get Rid of those Scuff Marks on Your Vinyl Floor?

Sometimes, even after cleaning the floor properly, some scuff marks are left behind. No, they are not impossible to clean. You need to use a cleaner called WD-40 which will magically clean those scuff marks.

Spray some WD-40 on a clean cloth and rub the scuff marks with it. This is one of the amazing WD-40 hacks which helps you in cleaning your vinyl floor.

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Step 5. Cleaning the Stains

If there is still any stainS (such as food stains) left after cleaning, don’t worry, baking soda will quickly clean it. Mix baking soda and water such that it forms a paste. Rub this paste over the stain using a toothbrush and rinse with warm water.

If this doesn’t work, try baking soda and vinegar, which is a stronger stain remover.

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Vinyl Flooring Maintenance Tips:

1. Use a Doormat to Keep the Dirt Away

One important step towards a cleaner floor is to make it as less dirty as possible; which will even make cleaning easier for you. A doormat helps you keep away the dust and dirt that sticks to your footwear outside the house from ending up in your house.

I don’t think I need to tell you what happens if that dirt enters your house?

Still, I will. It will make your floor dirty. The dirt and dust particles will stick to it, rub against it which may cause damage.

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2. Sweep the Floor Every Day

Try to sweep or vacuum the floor every day to eliminate the dust. Frequent cleaning will never let the dust and dirt ground in making it difficult to clean later apart from reducing the floor’s life.

Sometimes you can just quickly run the broom in the house for a quick clean which will hardly take a couple of minutes.

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3. Use Only Plain Water Sometimes

Using a soapy solution once in a week or so to clean your vinyl floor works well (oh, I forgot you can use vinegar which is the best). But you don’t need soap every time. You can replace it with plain water sometimes which works equally well once in a while. 

4. Does it Need Waxing?

Most of the vinyl floorings that are available today and are coming up in the market are made of no-wax vinyl. This means that they do not require waxing for their maintenance, so one of your tasks is reduced. The polyurethane coating over no-wax vinyl makes it shine. If it loses its shine over the years, get it back with a polish made for no-wax vinyl flooring. Check whether you have no-wax vinyl flooring or not.

Do you have the one that requires waxing? Oops…you need to do it. If your flooring is too old, then I guess it’s the one that requires waxing.

Do clean the floor following the above steps and tips before waxing it. Otherwise waxing will cause the dirt and dust present on the floor to stick to it.

If you have a floor that requires waxing, always keep in mind to not rub the floor hard enough to remove its waxing whenever you clean it.

Things to Avoid

Do not use too hard scrubbers or steel wool which can affect the quality of the material. Avoid using strong chemical cleaning products, abrasive cleaners. I have already told you other things which you should avoid, these are the most important ones, so I just thought to mention them separately.

Final words

Do you still think that cleaning vinyl flooring is a difficult task? I don’t think it’s a difficult task at all if you use the correct method to clean. Follow the steps, tips, and advice listed in this post, and it will easily turn into another simple task for you.

If you have any questions, we are here to answer them. If you found the post useful, do share it!

Written by Pulkit D

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