How to Clean Vinyl Flooring

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Vinyl flooring was introduced to the market in the 1970s. Not only is it affordable, but it’s durable as well. For one thing, it’s both scratch and water-resistant.

It’s also easy to maintain; all you need is a broom and mop. Use them every couple of weeks and that’ll prevent dirt and grime from building up on the surface.

Do you have them at home? Want to learn more about how to clean vinyl flooring?

If so, you’re at the right place. We’ll be going over the process step-by-step below. Keep reading for a vinyl flooring cleaning guide!

Step 1: Remove Surface Dirt

Start by sweeping or vacuuming the floor; you want to get rid of all the dirt and grit so that they won’t cause damage when you’re mopping later.

Pay extra attention to the gaps and cracks between the pieces as that’s where debris tends to accumulate. You also want to clean the corners, under furniture, and along any baseboards.

And if you’re using a vacuum cleaner, make sure to turn the brush roll aka ‘beater bar’ off—that’ll prevent it from scratching the vinyl flooring.

Step 2: Mix a Cleaning Solution

Fill a bucket with warm water and add a few drops of mild detergent. It’s important that you don’t add too much. Otherwise, you’ll end up with too many soap suds.

Apple cider or white vinegar works as well. Simply add one cup to a gallon of hot water. The acidity will help remove dirt and grime without leaving a layer of residue on the floor.

Or if you want, you can get a commercial floor cleaner—just remember to check the label to see if it’s safe for vinyl flooring. Avoid those with ammonia and other harsh ingredients, as they can break down the vinyl material.

Step 3: Mop and Clean Vinyl Flooring

Dampen the mop pad with water. Pour the cleaning solution into a spray bottle and use it to wet the area that you’d like to clean.

Begin mopping at the farthest corner of the room and make your way toward the door. For the best results, mop in small sections—that’ll let you cover more surface area with the cleaning solution.

And be sure to keep an eye on the mop pad. You’ll want to rinse it with water (or replace it altogether) if it becomes gray or grungy. That way, you won’t be spreading dirty water all over the floor.

Knowing How to Clean Vinyl Floors

Now you know how to clean vinyl flooring! As you can see, the process is quite straightforward. If anything, you just need the proper tools, which most of us already have at home.

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