How to Clean Vinyl Flooring?

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Vinyl flooring is made from polyvinyl chloride, better known as PVC. Those types of flooring are great as they imitate stone or wood perfectly, making your ground look amazing with less inconvenience. Indeed it is easy to install, waterproof, and durable. Moreover, they don’t need much maintenance and are easy to clean! To keep your vinyl flooring shining, you still need to clean it properly. Let’s review the right way to clean vinyl floors.

Weekly Cleaning 

To keep your vinyl flooring bright, there is no magic way; you will need to wash it every week. Start by wiping the floor with a broom, a dry mop, or a vacuum until the dust and dirt are gone. Once you do this, you can start preparing your bucket and a wet mop for a good rinse of your vinyl floor. Preferably use lukewarm water with a cleaning solution. 

In many supermarkets, you will find detergents that are specific to vinyl floor cleaning. Just mix according to the recommendations on the packaging.

However, if you are keen to try natural, ecological, and economical solutions, you can mix white vinegar or apple vinegar into your water. Vinegar is a useful product for household tasks as it has disinfectant properties. Indeed the acidity of the solution will help break down the dirt, oil, and bacteria. Mix ½ cup to a gallon of water, and you’re done! 

Use your wet mop to apply on your vinyl floor, and remember to rinse your mop frequently using another bucket with water or directly in your sink. That’s to keep your mop clean, so you don’t end up cleaning your floor with dirty water, which would be ineffective. Let it dry completely before allowing anyone (including pets) to walk on it. This weekly maintenance of your floor is the best way to keep it shining.

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Deep Cleaning

Deep cleaning is needed more likely every time you see scuffs and stains that are unsightly. Your house is a well-used and lived place, and it gets dirty quickly.

Don’t wait too long to clean stains so it gets easier to remove and doesn’t have time to damage your vinyl floor. 

For a stain that would be more acidic, like tomato sauce, wine, or fruit juice, use baking soda. Mix a bit of water with the baking soda, so you have a paste that you can rub with a towel against the stain. The rubbing effect will allow the stain to go with no risk of scuffing. Then rinse with warm water. 

Some stains will need a brush to get rid of. Avoid any brush that would be too abrasive for your vinyl floor, like steel wool. Preferably use a soft-bristle brush that will allow stains to go without damaging your floor. That will be useful for crayons, paint, or even lipstick stains. 

Scuffs can happen, and you will need to react as fast as possible. Start by using a white eraser and rub the scuff. If this doesn’t work, you can use a tennis ball, and if the scuff resists, then use WD-40 on a towel and swipe it out. 

Professional Cleaning 

Calling a professional to help you maintain your vinyl floor at his best can be done from time to time. Despite your effort to keep your floor like new, some stains may resist you, and scuffs will appear.

Professional cleaning is fast, doesn’t cost much, and will leave your floor like new. Choose a cleaning company that uses non-toxic products that are safe for your pets and family. You may consider sealing your vinyl floor for more protection and improving the lifespan of your vinyl floor.

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