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Cleaning a Vinyl Floor

How to Clean Vinyl Flooring?

Cleaning a Vinyl Floor Using a Broom

It’s no wonder why vinyl floors are the talk of the town nowadays. The versatile exotic designs, quick installation, and durability make vinyl flooring a worthwhile choice.

However, many homeowners consider cleaning and maintaining vinyl flooring a challenge. Well, let us tell you one thing: it’s not at all difficult to maintain and clean them.

In fact, you can get done with cleaning vinyl floors in a few minutes. Are you wondering how you can maintain the floors and always keep them in appealing tip-top condition?

Well, you’re just at the right place.

In this guide, we’ll tell you about various cleaning techniques for vinyl floors applicable in different situations.

Let’s begin.

How to Clean Vinyl Floors on a Regular Basis?

Cleaning vinyl flooring is essential since floors can be a source of worry and concern, but it doesn’t need to be.


There are several cleaning and maintenance techniques that will keep your vinyl floors sharp and crystal-clear at all times. Let’s first talk about how you can clean vinyl floors daily.


Regular cleaning doesn't mean you have to use a cleaning solution and mop the floor daily. It's as simple as picking up a broom for quick sweeping and removing the hair, dust, and fine dust particles. In addition to this, try to wipe the floor with a damp mop or a soft cloth mixed with a floor cleaner once or twice a week.


With just these two cleaning tips, your floor will be free from dirt and shine brightly at all times. Here are the tools you can use for daily cleaning:

Brooms

A broom is a quick sweeping option to remove the visible dirt from the floor.


Dust Mops

These are excellent choices to remove fine particles.


Vacuums

They are perfectly safe and efficient. Make sure to remove carpet attachments such as the power head.


How to Deep Clean Vinyl Floors?

Deep cleaning is easy and essential to clear all the hidden grease and fine dirt particles you don’t remove with regular cleaning. It's recommended to deep clean at least once a week. Here are the suitable tools which can aid you with deep cleaning:­


Spin mops

The wet spin mop is easy to use and efficient.


Spray mops

Spray mops allow you to spray first and then sweep the floor.


Floor cleaners

Proper vinyl floor cleaners extend the life of your floor and are readily available from your flooring dealer, grocery, or hardware store. Alternately you may create a DIY cleaner using mild dish soap and water (just a few drops of soap are needed per bucket of warm water).


Let’s now move on to the step-wise guide of deep cleaning the vinyl floors.

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­Step 1: Remove Dust

Start by detecting the fine particles and tiny rocks which can easily scratch the floor. Use a broom, vacuum, or dust mop to remove the dust and dirt from the floor.


Step 2: Prepare the Cleaner solution

If your cleaner is a concentrate or requires preparation, mix it in a bucket as per the manufactures directions. Alternatively, you can make your own cleaner by simply adding a few drops of mild dish soap to a bucket of warm water.


Step 3: Mop

Start from the farthest part and mop and wring simultaneously as you progress towards the entrance/exit of the room. If the cleaning solution appears dirty, dump it and make a new solution.


Step 4: Rinse

Once done, fill a bucket with clean water and rinse the floor using a separate cloth. Don't overlook this step because a soapy residue will always appear on the newly washed surface.


For a perfect finish, use a towel or microfiber cloth to dry the floor.


A Room Decorated with Shining Vinyl Floors

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What About Cleaning Paint Stains from Vinyl Flooring?


Paint stains on vinyl floors destroy the look. Plus, there are three different paint stains, each with a slightly different remedial process. We'll touch on cleaning each type briefly.

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Water-based Paints

Here's the step-wise guide you need to follow:

  1. Clean Excess Paint
    Start with a soft cloth and clean up the excess spilled paint.
  2. Wipe the Rest with a Wet Towel
    Use a clean wet towel to remove the leftover spilled paint.
  3. Use a Solution of Water and Detergent
    Mix a few drops of detergent in a bucket of clean water. Soak a towel and rub it over the spoiled spot.
  4. Rub Alcohol
    If the paint is still there, pour alcohol on a clean cloth and rub it gently on the stain. Alternatively, place the cloth for 5-10 minutes on the spoiled spot and rinse it off with clean water.



Oil-Based Paints

The first step to cleaning oil-based paint stains is the same as cleaning water-based paints. The further steps include:

  1. Clean Excess Paint
    Once you take care of spilled paint, pour rubbing alcohol on a clean cloth and place it on a stained area. Keep it set for about ten minutes, and then wipe it off with a wet towel.
  2. Use a clean cloth and Liquid Wax
    If the stain is still there, scrub it gently with a clean dipped in liquid wax, repeat as necessary until the stain is removed. Avoid high abrasive materials such as steel wool, as they will scratch the surface of your floor.
  3. Finish with Mild Soap
    Once you have removed the paint, prepare a solution of water and mild soap and apply it to the pre-stained area. Dry it off using a mop or a clean cloth.



Dried Paint

Dried paint undeniably gives a hard time. So, here's what you need to do:

  1. Scrap
    Begin by using a plastic scraper, razor, or spatula to remove the paint shreds. Be careful to avoid scratching or gouging your floor.
  2. Apply Paint Remover
    Pour drops of paint remover on a clean cloth and rub it over the stain until the paint loosen up.
  3. Clean the area
    Create a solution of detergent and water to get rid of residue chemicals.



Things to Keep in Mind When Cleaning Vinyl Flooring

Now, you have a clear-cut idea of how to clean vinyl flooring. However, there are some things you should keep in mind. Some of them are as follows:

  • You should avoid using excessive water. Vinyl is extremely water-resistant, but it's possible for water to seep through the plank joints and ruin the subfloor or introduce moisture that may cause mold.
  • If you want to increase the shine of your floors, don't use mop and shine products. Add a few drops of baby oil to your cleaning solution.
  • Avoid using ammonia-based cleaners since they can cause cracks in the flooring.
  • Never use a power head vacuum attachment since it can cause scratches on the floor.
  • Use plywood or sheet to prevent scuff marks when moving heavy furniture across the floor.
  • Make sure to periodically deep clean vinyl flooring in high-traffic areas of your home.



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How to Clean Dog Urine Off Vinyl Flooring?

Pet urine can be utterly obnoxious, and the smell can be unbearable. So, get a paper towel and enzyme cleaner and apply them to the urine patches for 10-15 minutes. After that, use a paper towel again to soak up leftover patches.

How to Clean Vinyl Sheet Flooring?

Whether you want to clean vinyl sheets, vinyl wood, or vinyl kitchen floor, the process will remain the same. Simply sweep the dirt and mop the floor using a vinyl floor cleaner. Finally, rinse it off with a clean cloth, and you're good to go.

How to Clean an Extremely Dirty Vinyl Floor?

We understand that there could be plenty of stains, including scuffs, food and beverages, rust, ink, and pen/marker, lingering on the vinyl floors. To clean such a dirty surface, here are what you should do:

  • Tougher scuffs: Apply a WD-40 cleaner on a towel and rub the surface until the marks are out of sight. Alternatively, use jojoba oil with a clean towel.
  • Food and drink: Use baking soda to eliminate food and drink stains.
  • Pen and marker: Rub a little rubbing alcohol on a cloth and rinse well with water to clean marker stains.
  • Ink, tomato, and blood: Use diluted alcohol and rinse with water to clear these tough dark stains.

Finally, use our deep cleaning process mentioned earlier to shine the overall surface.

How to Deep Clean Discolored Vinyl Flooring?

Follow the steps outlined below:

  • Mix baking soda with water and create a thick paste
  • Apply the paste on a soft white cloth and rub gently on the stained spot
  • Wipe with a separate cloth to remove the baking soda residue and then rinse with a damp mop

Final Thoughts

So, you see, it's relatively easy to maintain and clean vinyl floors. The jackpot is that they'll last for a long time to come. So, ready to give a new flooring makeover to your home? Make sure to reach out to Good Brothers Flooring Plus - the #1 Choice for high-quality refined vinyl flooring.


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