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How to Clean Vinyl Floors Without Damage

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Vinyl floors are a popular choice for many homeowners due to their versatility, affordability, and ease of maintenance.

However, improper cleaning methods can cause damage and reduce the lifespan of these floors.

To keep your vinyl floors pristine and long-lasting without causing harm, it's essential to adopt the right cleaning techniques.

Cleaning vinyl flooring can be a simple procedure and requires inexpensive tools, which is why, in this article, we'll explore the right ways to clean vinyl flooring without causing any damage.

Before you start, you need:

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  • Broom or soft-bristle brush

  • Vacuum cleaner (optional)

  • Soft mop or microfibre cloth

  • Vinyl floor cleaner or apple cider vinegar and water

  • Water

  • Bucket

  • Soft towels or paper towels

  • Baking soda (optional)

Essential tips for vinyl floor cleaning

Clear any debris or dirt

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The first step in maintaining vinyl floors is regularly sweeping or vacuuming them. When accumulating on the floor's surface, dirt, sand, and small debris can act like abrasive particles.

Regular sweeping or using a soft-bristled broom will help prevent scratches and keep your floors looking clean. Always do this step before moving on to wet cleaning.

Use a soft mop or microfiber cloth

Avoid using abrasive materials like steel wool scrub brushes or harsh scouring pads when mopping vinyl floors. Instead, opt for a soft mop or a microfiber cloth.

These tools will effectively remove dirt and grime without causing scratches or damage to the vinyl surface.

Choose the right cleaning solutions

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Many online articles recommend various DIY floor cleaners, from dish soap to vinegar solutions. However, reading the labels and finding products specifically designed for vinyl flooring is crucial.

Avoid harsh chemicals, bleach, ammonia, or abrasive cleaners, as they can strip away the floor's protective coating and cause discolouration.

Furthermore, the vinyl floor has a protective polyurethane coating, which eliminates the need for waxing. Avoid using solvent-based polishes and wax-based cleaners on your vinyl flooring because of the existence of this top coat.

Mop the floor with a damp mop

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Vinyl flooring is water-resistant, but excessive water can still seep into the seams or edges and cause damage over time.

When mopping, wring out the mop thoroughly so that it's just damp, not soaking wet. You'll clean the floor effectively without exposing it to unnecessary moisture.

Avoid Steam Cleaning

While steam cleaning is an effective method for some flooring types, it's unsuitable for cleaning vinyl.

The high heat and moisture can damage the vinyl's integrity and adhesive properties. Stick to traditional cleaning methods for vinyl flooring.

Spot clean tough stains

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Different stains require different treatments. Here are some ways to remove stubborn stains:

Food stains

  1. Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of water.

  2. Apply the mixture in small amounts on the stains.

  3. Gently scrub the floors with a microfibre cloth until they are gone.

Grease or ink stains

  1. Pour enough rubbing alcohol on a microfibre cloth to dampen it.

  2. Start from the outer edge and work inwards to prevent any spreading.

  3. Check the cloth to see if there is grease or ink. Switch to a new section and continue cleaning until the stain is gone.

Scuff marks

  1. Mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of water in a container.

  2. Use a toothbrush or sponge and dip it into the paste.

  3. Scrub the stain until it is gone from the floor.

  4. Once done, use a soft towel to remove the excess paste.

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Maintaining the shine and cleanliness of your vinyl floors doesn't have to be daunting.

But if you want to ensure your floors always look their best without the effort, our professional cleaning services are here for you.

We specialize in vinyl floor cleaning, using state-of-the-art products and methods tailored to keep your floors stunning.

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