What's The Best Way to Clean Your Vinyl Floors? Here's The Answer!

Vinyl flooring is quite popular primarily because it can bear the brunt of daily use, is water resistant and easier to maintain when compared to other types of floor. It is quite common to find vinyl flooring in bathrooms and kitchens, and given the wide choice of colors and designs, vinyl also adds aesthetic appeal to these predominantly functional spaces. However, vinyl does tend to hold on to dirt and dust and needs a simple yet regular cleaning routine to stay in good shape.

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Classy Vinyl Flooring
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Cleaning Dirt 

Vacuuming or sweeping with a soft broom helps clear loose dust and grit from the surface before mopping vinyl. Make sure your vacuum is suitable for cleaning vinyl surfaces as vinyl is prone to scratches, and using a vacuum with the wrong attachment can damage the floor finish.

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Vinyl is a good option for kitchens and bathrooms 
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Getting Rid of Persistent Dirt

Dirt and grime ground into Vinyl floors demands more attention and can be mopped up using a suitable cleaning product and technique. While you can opt for an off-the-shelf cleaning product recommended by your the vinyl manufacturer, homemade cleaners can also prove simple and equally effective. A cup of Vinegar mixed with 4 liters of warm water makes a great disinfectant cleaner for vinyl floors.

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Vinegar is good for floors as well!
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A mixture of a mild shampoo or liquid soap with warm water is also an effective cleanser, but wiping off excess soap with plain water is a must to clear the layer of scum which usually is left on the surface.

Stain Removal

You can use acetone-free nail polish removers or rubbing alcohol to clear persistent ink or makeup stains from vinyl floors. A paste of baking soda and water when applied to stains caused by food spills is sufficient to clean up the spot.

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Vinyl is a good option for children's rooms
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If you are looking to cover up scuffs and scratches on the surface of the floor, rubbing in a few drops jojoba oil or baby oil will prove effective.

Cleaning Waxed And Non-Waxed Vinyl Floors

Vinyl flooring in older homes usually have a wax coating and you’ll have to be extra careful to ensure that wax is not rubbed off while cleaning. Using a mix of mild detergent and warm water will help ensure that just dirt is removed from the surface.

Modern apartments usually sport no-wax vinyl floors. Take care to shop for and use cleaning products marked explicitly for no-wax vinyl floors to preserve the look and sheen of the vinyl.

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Use the right product to clean your vinyl floors
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Vinyl surfaces are sensitive to scratches, and you’ll have to use soft bristled brushes, brooms or cloth, suitable vacuum cleaners and non-abrasive cleaning products suited to the floor type to preserve the flooring. 

We recommend using a vinyl floor cleanser with a neutral pH for best results. Give it a whirl and do let us know if you have any other tips or tricks in your cleaning repertoire that leave your vinyl floor spotless!


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