How to Clean Vinyl Floors

Vinyl floors are dirty places, especially if located in high-traffic areas of your home. Vinyl is a great material for flooring because it can withstand a lot of abuse from shoes, pets, kids, toys and high heels. But even the most durable flooring needs regular cleaning and care to make it look its best.

While you may vacuum and do a quick mop every so often, your floors need a bit more TLC than that. One thing you can do to preserve the life of your floors is to wipe up spills as soon as possible with plain water and a cloth or paper towel. This will help prevent staining. Here are some more tips.

Once Weekly Cleaning

First, vacuum or dry mop your vinyl floor to get rid of the dust, dirt and hair. Next, it’s time for a good cleaning. You don’t have to spend a fortune on expensive cleaners from the store. You can make your own by mixing apple cider vinegar with some water. The acidity in the vinegar removes dirt and grime without leaving behind a soapy film.

You’ll need one cup of cider vinegar mixed with about a gallon of hot water. Using a damp mop, apply the mixture to your floor. As you work, rinse the mop frequently with hot, clean water from the sink or a separate bucket. For a little extra boost, add some liquid dishwashing soap to the mixture. If you opt for this mixture, mop first with this one, then mop a second time with the vinegar/water mixture.

Cleaning Scuffs and Stains

If your vinyl floor is showing stains from acidic substances such as wine, fruit juice, ketchup, coffee or tomato sauce, you can mix up a paste of baking soda and water. Rub it onto the floor with a towel until you see the stain lifting. Clean the paste from the floor using a vinegar and water solution.

For stubborn stains arising from crayons, lipstick, paint or ink, use a soft-bristle brush to apply rubbing alcohol to the area. Refrain from using steel wool or abrasive brushes due to their scratch potential. Use nail polish remover on nail polish stains.

If you see any scuffs, rub the area with WD-40 sprayed on a towel. Clean with a vinegar and water solution.

How 1st Class Carpet Cleaning and Restoration Services Helps

If you just don’t have the patience, supplies or time to clean your vinyl floors the right way, or you need help with occasional deep cleanings, let our pros handle it. Our team uses a steam extraction method, similar to that of our carpet cleaning method. We can clean your vinyl flooring as well as any other hard surface in your home such as engineered hardwood. Simple mopping won’t extract anything: only high-temperature steaming and sanitizing can do that.

Our vinyl floor cleaning will:

  • Steam clean and sanitize your vinyl flooring (210 degrees)
  • Remove bacteria, dirt, grime, stains, and chemical buildup from the use of cleaning products
  • Work on any hard surface, from vinyl plank flooring to engineered hardwood to concrete
  • Dry within an hour

Why worry about vinyl floor cleaning on your own? Give us a call and we can have the job done in no time.

Call 1st Class Carpet Cleaning and Restoration Services at (248) 491-3088

To schedule a consultation and quote on our vinyl floor cleaning, call us at (248) 491-3088 today.

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