How to Clean Vinyl Floors
Follow this essential guide for the dos and don’ts of cleaning your vinyl flooring.
For inexpensive flooring, you can’t go wrong with vinyl. Whether you’ve installed vinyl flooring, vinyl plank flooring or vinyl tile flooring, learning how to properly care for the floors with an appropriate cleaning solution ensures long, clean life. It doesn’t have to be difficult, either. Follow this essential guide for the best way to clean vinyl floors.
Prevention Means Less Time Cleaning
- Lay a doormat down by all entryways to keep out dirt and dust.
- Sweep or vacuum regularly, just don’t use a vacuum with a beater bar, which can damage vinyl flooring.
- Clean spills immediately to prevent stains from setting in and causing long-term discoloration.
- Purchase felt feet for your furniture to prevent scratches.
Clean Vinyl Flooring with Natural Cleaners In Your Pantry
To deep clean your vinyl floor, mix a gallon of water with a cup of apple cider vinegar. (White vinegar is a fine substitute.) Add a drop of dish soap for extra cleaning power.
Ideally, you’ll fill a second bucket with clean, hot water to rinse the dirt off your mop as you work (rather than returning it to the floor). Wring your mop well, then soak it in the vinegar solution and wring again.
All that wringing is a must, as too much water will infiltrate your vinyl floor’s seams, where it can affect the tile stickiness and cause corners to curl.
Commercial Cleaners For Ease
Learning how to clean vinyl floors with a commercial cleaner is as easy as squirt and mop. Here are a few commercial cleaners that get great reviews: Armstrong’s Once ‘n Done Resilient and Ceramic No-Rinse Floor Cleaner, Bruce NoWax Hardwood and Laminate Floor Cleaner or Mop & Glo Multi-Surface Floor Cleaner. One ringing endorsement of Mop & Glo from an Amazon reviewer: “Love this stuff, leaves the floor shiny and it smells great.”
Super Solutions for Vinyl Flooring Spots and Shine
Vinyl Flooring Discoloration: A baking soda-water paste combats discoloration from dark liquids like wine or grape juice.
Vinyl Flooring Scuffs: Apply a small amount of WD-40 or jojoba oil to scuffs, and scrub with a soft-bristle brush to erase.
Vinyl Flooring Shine:Boost shine by adding a drop of baby oil to your cleaning solution.