Cleaning Vinyl Floors

Cleaning vinyl floors is not hard, but there are some guidelines they suggest to increase the life of your flooring.

  • Sweep or vacuum frequently. Do not use a vacuum with a beater bar as it may scratch your floor. Do not use scrub brushes.
  • When sweeping or vacuuming does not remove the dirt, mop the floor with clean warm water and then, rinse the floor thoroughly with fresh water.
  • If water alone does not clean the surface, use cleaning products recommended by the manufacturer. Most “no-rinse” cleaners will work just fine.
  • When all else fails, an ounce or so of liquid detergent or ammonia in a gallon of water will work, but you will need to rinse the floor well. Do NOT use detergents, abrasive cleaners or “mop and shine” products.
  • Mats or rugs in front of outside doors will help keep the dust and grit from getting to the floor in the first place. Be sure the mats and rugs you buy are for vinyl floors. Some rubber-backed mats may leave stains or marks.
  • For spots or spills, wipe them up immediately and use the same technique on the spot as you would for the whole floor.

NOTE: If you have a seam open up, you need to cover it to keep out the dirt. The same applies if you get a cut or gouge in your vinyl floor. Dirt makes it harder to repair. Call your retailer or installer for information on who should repair the seam.

From the Consumer Flooring Guide by the World Floor Covering Association.

Dave Altman

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