Tips For Cleaning Vinyl Floors

Posted on: 16 October 2020

One reason why vinyl floors are so popular is that they are easy to clean. You can use water to clean them, and they are not easily scratched. However, there are still some tips you can and should follow for more effective cleaning of vinyl floors.

Sweep the floor daily.

People often forget that sweeping is a kind of cleaning. When you sweep, you're cleaning up dust and dirt before they have a chance to get stuck to the floor or leave any stains behind. It's a good idea to get into the habit of sweeping your floor once a day. Just use a basic broom and dustpan. If you have a large vinyl floor, you can use a push broom for greater efficiency.

Use a no-rinse floor cleaner.

Every one to two weeks, you should actually wash the floor using either a mop or a sponge. Pay close attention to the cleaner you choose for this task. You want one that states on the label that it does not require rinsing because it can be difficult to efficiently rinse a vinyl floor. Usually, this cleaner will come in the form of a liquid that you dilute with warm water before use. Make sure you dilute it according to package instructions; using more than is recommended will not result in a cleaner floor, but it may result in a soapy or sticky floor.

Only scrub the sticky spots.

Although scrubbing vinyl may not do any damage immediately, regular scrubbing can cause cumulative damage over time. So you really don't want to scrub your vinyl floor any more than is necessary. Use a textured, but soft sponge or mop for most of the floor, and only switch to a scrubber or a brush when you do come across a sticky or gunky spot.

Let the floor dry before walking on it.

After you have washed the entire floor, leave it to dry for at least an hour before you walk over it. If you walk on the floor while it is still wet, the lingering moisture will grab onto dust and dirt on your feet or socks and leave your floor dirty and streaky again. The same goes for your pets; keep them off the vinyl floor until it is entirely dry.

If you follow the tips above, your vinyl floor will stay a lot cleaner! For more information about floor cleaning, contact a local interior cleaner, like Fresh Start Cleaning.