Cleaning Vinyl Floors – The Best Step By Step Guide
One question always comes up when I’m discussing why I chose vinyl floors for my home “Is it hard cleaning vinyl floors?”
Vinyl flooring is inexpensive, comfortable to walk on, waterproof and looks great. No wonder it’s one of the most popular options for homes around the world.
However, like many surfaces in your household, one question will always come up.
How to clean vinyl floors?
Well, fear not my fellow vinyl floor owners because today I am going to give you a super easy to follow guide on how to maintain and clean your vinyl floor, as well as giving away a few top secret tips.
This guide will not only be helpful and easy to understand, but it will also make your cleaning life a whole lot easier when it comes to cleaning your vinyl floor. It will save you time and increase your efficiency.
Step One: Maintaining Your Vinyl Floor.
Out of all the tips and tricks, I am going to show you, this is probably the most important one.
No matter how much you deep clean your vinyl floor, if you don’t maintain it in-between cleans, you will end up wasting your time. The time you spend deep cleaning your vinyl floor will sufficiently decrease, but only if you take little steps to maintain it every day. Not only will this save you time, but it will also save you money on a number of products you use will also be halved.
Put A Doormat On Your Vinyl Floor.
A doormat is the first thing any home needs, but with a vinyl floor, it’s essential. Whenever you leave the house the substances you track into your home when you return can damage your vinyl floors. Dirt, gravel, and chemicals from asphalt, over a period, can cause vinyl floors to get scratched and discolored. So when it comes to cleaning vinyl floors, a doormat gives you a little head start and will keep it looking brand new.
Sweep Your Vinyl Floor Every Day.
After reading that sub-heading, I know what some of you might be thinking…
Who has the time for that?
Yes, it may seem a little daunting, but if you want your vinyl floor to look and stay great, it’s a worthwhile sacrifice. You don’t have to go overboard. Simply get a soft bristle broom and lightly sweep your vinyl floor for 20 or so minutes every day. You will notice when it comes time to clean there is less dust and dirt because you have already tackled the build-up.
Never Use Abrasive Materials on Your Vinyl Floor.
As far as maintaining your vinyl floor goes, I cannot stress enough just how important this is. Using abrasive materials might fix the problem in the short term, but over time it will ruin your vinyl flooring. While it is obvious that using such materials as wire wool when cleaning vinyl floors is a big no-no.
It will come as a surprise, but some detergents are also considered abrasive. For example detergents such as the acidic “fast shine” products you find at your local supermarket, will only harm your vinyl floor. In fact, many of these products will leave your vinyl floor looking even dirtier, because those chemicals leave a dull film, so when cleaning, avoid these products too.
Step Two: The Best Techniques For Cleaning Vinyl Floors.
Now you know how to maintain your vinyl floor on a day to day basis, the next step is to clean it.
We tend to rush cleaning because we don’t enjoy it, but with vinyl floors, the utmost care and consideration are needed if you want it to look nice.
The tips and tricks I will reveal to you will make cleaning your vinyl floor so easy that you will enjoy it!
Sweep the Vinyl Before You Mop It.
Like I mentioned already, lightly sweeping your vinyl floor every day is a great way to maintain it. And lightly sweeping your vinyl floor right before you mop it is the best way to clean it as it removes all the loose dirt. Not only will this prevent any rough particles from scratching the floors, but it also makes for a fresher looking finish on your vinyl floors.
It also saves time; how often have you cleaned up and then spent another half an hour picking up little bits of dirt? If you sweep before you mop, most of the dirt and dust will be gone, leaving you free to mop quickly and rinse without going back over it.
If You Choose to Vacuum Your Vinyl Floor, Use the Right Setting.
It’s an argument as old as vinyl itself; can you vacuum vinyl floors or do you have to sweep? The answer to that is yes. You can vacuum your vinyl floor, but you have to do it right.
One of the reasons people have said you shouldn’t vacuum vinyl floors is because of the scratches a big heavy plastic vacuum can leave behind. However, this is only true if you do not remove the beater bar from your vacuum. The beater bar is what causes all the scratches, so remove that when cleaning vinyl floors and you will have no scrapes, scratches or scuffs.
Alternatively, if your vacuum has a bare floor mode, set it to that before you start cleaning as it has the same effect of removing the beater bar.
The Low Impact Clean
Now we are getting to the juicy bit.
When you have swept or vacuumed, there is only one thing left to do; mop.
Now, when cleaning, there’s a big temptation we all have just quickly to blast through it with the strongest floor cleaner we can find. While this works in the short term, long term it’s not your best bet, especially with vinyl floors.
Not only does it harm your vinyl over a long time, but it can also be expensive to buy those big chemical heavy cleaners.
So the first thing you should know before you start mopping is not to fear the low-impact clean.
It may not feel as if you are doing much, but believe it or not, this often works better.
Just use a dampened mop (use warm water, not hot water) and at a push, a bit of soap, and your vinyl floors will be just as clean as if you blasted it with floor shiners.
Find the Right Soap for Your Vinyl Floor Before You Apply It.
So, you have your warm water and are ready to go but don’t rush ahead, first figure out the right soap to use.
For example, if your floor is a no-wax vinyl floor you can’t use wax. So do your research and make sure you use a cleaner specifically made for your type of vinyl floor.
When you find the right soap, you are ready to start cleaning.
Always Use More Than One Mop.
When cleaning your vinyl floor it’s always best to use two cleaning appliances; one for general cleaning with or without soap, and one for rinsing. This will ensure you remove all soap scum when you are rinsing off the floor.
Make sure you don’t use too much water. If you soak a vinyl floor, the water will go under the cracks and bend the edges.
And no matter what avoid bleach at all costs when cleaning vinyl floors as it will only stain and damage it.
Step 3: Learning the Three Essential Tricks and Secrets of Cleaning Vinyl Floors.
Now that you have followed the steps you can clean your vinyl floor and maintain its freshness and its shine.
However, you are not out of the woods just yet, there are few little secrets you can learn to boost your cleaning techniques.
Tip 1: Vinegar Is a Vinyl Floor’s Best Friend.
Apple cider vinegar can be used for many things. It is one of those wonderful household substances that lightly clean vinyl floors to keep them looking fresh.
The acid in apple cider vinegar cleans floors gently without leaving a residue. This is a great way to keep vinyl in good shape.
Tip 2: Get Rid Of Those Vinyl Scuffs.
So, you have swept up, mopped twice and given your vinyl floor a good deep clean. However, you can still see those annoying scuff marks and you fear they will never go away.
Don’t worry there’s an easy way to remove them. Place jojoba oil or WD-40 on a soft cloth, and rub the scuff marks on your vinyl floor. You will see they will rub right off.
Tip3: Avoid Steam Mops At All Costs When Cleaning Vinyl Floors.
Avoid a steam mop/cleaner. They look very cool and effective but when it comes to cleaning vinyl it only causes damage.
And that goes for any cleaning method with high temperatures. Even a mop can cause your vinyl floor some serious damage.
Cleaning vinyl floors is not an overly complicated task. It just takes a little time, dedication and the right knowledge.
As you follow the steps in this post, you find that the more you do it, the easier it becomes. And before you know it, cleaning your vinyl floor the right way, will be second nature.
If you have any questions comments, feel free to leave them in the comment section.