How To Clean Vinyl Flooring
The cleaning and maintenance of vinyl flooring is quite easy. The regular swiping and sponge mopping the floor keeps the flooring clean and it looks fresh. But what if the food and other stains affect the look and appearance of the vinyl flooring, here are the methods of cleaning vinyl floor that will keep it away from all stains and dirt without damaging the flooring.
Dry mop or vacuum cleaning helps maintain clean and hygienic flooring. It removes all dust, hair and dirt from the flooring. After dry mopping, you can move on to wet cleaning over regular time intervals.
For wet cleaning, always use mild cleansers that will not damage the flooring. Cider vinegar is one of the best cleansers suitable for vinyl flooring. It can remove all grime and dirt without leaving any marks. Add a cup of cider vinegar in 3.5-4 liters of water and clean the floor using damp mop. Rinse the mop with hot water frequently to remove the dirt.
Disinfect the floor – If you want to ensure hygienic disinfected flooring, just replace cider vinegar with white vinegar and clean the floor with damp mop. If you want to add shine to vinyl flooring, put a few drops of baby oil in the water and vinegar mixture and the floor will look clean and shiny.
- Removing food stains – Stains of juices, ketchup, sauces can be removed using paste of baking soda and water. Gently rub the paste over the stains and clean the floor.
- Removing ink, hair dye or other stains – Lipstick, hair dye, paint colors or ink stains can be removed using rubbing alcohol. You can use soft nylon bristle brush with household solvents to remove these stains. Nail polish remover is useful in removing nail polish stains on the flooring.
Removing scuffs – Scuffs are very uncommon on vinyl flooring but if you get it on the flooring, there is an easy way to remove it. Put some drops of jojoba oil or WD-40 lubricant on the cloth or towel and rub it till the scuffs are removed completely. Now, clean the area with vinegar and water mixture to remove the marks of lubricant or oil.
Along with these cleaning methods for stubborn stains, scuffs and general cleaning, there are some important things that you must know in order to keep flooring intact. Here are some Don’ts for cleaning vinyl flooring –
- Do not use harsh detergents, ‘mop and shine’ products or abrasive cleaners to clean vinyl flooring as it leaves dull film on the floor.
Do not use beater bar attachment for vacuum as it can damage flooring surface.
Do not rub steel wool or scrubbers on the flooring as it can remove top wear layer of the flooring.
- Do not use ammonia based cleansers for vinyl flooring as it can damage flooring material or even crack the flooring.