Vinyl is a very popular flooring choice for kitchens and bathrooms because it’s durable, long-lasting, and available in a wide variety of attractive colors and patterns. Unfortunately, you won’t find “always immaculate” or “never grimy” among its positive attributes. Like all floors, vinyl gets dirty. The key is knowing how to clean vinyl floors properly and luckily, it’s not very difficult to learn. You can choose from an array of different techniques and tips. With our help, you’ll learn how to clean vinyl floors, as well as how to keep them clean.
How to Clean Vinyl Floors
- First, you’ll need to remove all of the dirt, dust, and debris sitting on top of the floor. Do this with a vacuum or a broom, whichever you prefer.
- Then, grab a mop. To remove stubborn dirt and leave your floors shiny and clean, you’ll need to use a cleaning product. Vinegar is great if you’re looking for something inexpensive and multi-purpose. Just mix about a cup of vinegar with some hot water (about a gallon’s worth) and you’ve got a simple, disinfecting cleaning solution. You could also use dish washing soap or a store-bought floor cleaner. Find a cleaning product that will work with your floors (for example, if you have no-wax floors, use a no-wax cleaner). If your floor is waxed, use a gentle cleaner so that you don’t remove the wax coating.
- If you’re having trouble with a particular spot, use a smaller, denser, soft-bristle brush to scrub away the problem. However, steer away from abrasive brushes or steel wool, which can damage your vinyl flooring.
- Finally, rinse your floor to remove any leftover soap.
- Allow the floor to dry and rejoice! Your floor is clean.
- Baking soda is a handy product if you’re having trouble with food stains. Just mix with water, create a paste, and scrub. It’s gentle but effective.
- To remove hair product buildup from your vinyl flooring, apply some shampoo to the floor (yes, regular old hair shampoo!) and wash it away.
- A word of caution: do not use detergents, abrasive cleaners, paste wax, ammonia, ammonia-based cleaning products, or your vacuum’s “beater bar” attachment when learning how to clean vinyl floors. Some of these products will damage your floor; others will leave it looking streaky and filmy. Find a neutral pH cleaner and follow the directions on the bottle.
- To avoid bubbles or creases in your vinyl, be careful when moving furniture and heavy appliances. Use protective pads (available at home improvement stores) to prevent dents.
- Don’t soak your floor in water or cleaning products. This can loosen the glue that holds down the vinyl. Use a damp mop, not one that’s drenched.
- If you want to clean your floors less often, try placing doormats in front of all your home’s entrances. You could also create a family rule that shoes must be left at the front door so that dirt and grime isn’t carried inside with each step.
Learning how to clean vinyl floors is easy, but keeping them clean? Not so simple. If you want your floors to be clean more often, clean them regularly to prevent major buildup. That way, each cleaning will take far less time. Don’t wait until the floor is caked in food stains, dirt, dust, debris, and runaway hairs (gross, I know). Take the initiative and clean your floors once or twice a month. Good luck!