How to Clean Vinyl Floors

Thanks to characteristics like high durability and water resistance, vinyl flooring is exceptionally easy to keep clean and looking like new. However, it is important to remember that it is still susceptible to normal “wear” – especially in high traffic areas. The key to maintenance for any floor is to find ways to minimize damage and follow routine maintenance recommendations.These expert tips will show you how to clean vinyl floors, and keep them looking like the first day they were installed.


Tips for the Best Way to Clean Your Vinyl Floors

The best way to clean vinyl floors is to use a soft-bristle broom to remove loose dirt. You can also use a vacuum if you use the “bare floor” setting. Although the vacuum can be very efficient, you’ll want to avoid using a vacuum with a “beater bar,” as this can damage the vinyl. Your vinyl floors should be swept or vacuumed on a regular basis to keep them clean and avoid having dirt and dust collect.

For everyday care beyond dry sweeping or vacuuming, use a damp mop with clean water as needed for a deeper clean. For this cleaning tactic, aim to use a soft mop rather than a scrub brush or any tool with rough synthetic bristles that could damage your vinyl floors.

Review manufacturer guidelines for your flooring before using a steam mop on your vinyl. Steam mops may cause damage to vinyl floors due to the high temperatures they reach.


What to Use to Clean Your Vinyl Floors

Spills should be cleaned up immediately with a non-abrasive, vinyl-specific floor cleaner. You should avoid using harsh cleaning chemicals, like bleach and ammonia, that can damage the floor. You should also avoid “mop & shine” products, which tend to leave a dull film on vinyl flooring. As always, you should check with the manufacturer of your vinyl flooring or with your local retailer to determine the best products to use on your vinyl.

By following these cleaning steps, your vinyl floors will be shining in no time!


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