How to Maintain and Clean Vinyl Flooring

July 29, 2021 Published by Leave your thoughts

So, you’ve finally finished your vinyl flooring installation, and it looks great! To keep it looking great for years to come, it’s important you learn how to care for your flooring with regular cleaning and maintenance.

Here’s a quick overview of how to clean vinyl flooring so you can protect your investment long into the future.

Use the proper cleaning solutions

One of the most important considerations in cleaning your vinyl flooring is the kind of cleaner you use. Abrasive cleaners can etch away at the flooring and cause irreversible damage.

One common household substance that can be used is vinegar. The acidity in vinegar removes grime and dirt without leaving behind soap residue and buildup. You’ll need to dilute the vinegar to avoid dulling the finish—a cup of apple cider vinegar in a gallon of water should work just fine.

Otherwise, if you purchase a cleaner, make sure it’s pH neutral. Never use bleach, ammonia or other highly abrasive detergents.

Use the correct tools

Use a microfiber mop rather than a string mop, because standing water could damage the floor. Make sure you thoroughly wring out the mop before you use it. If you use dishwashing soap or another type of soap as a cleaner, make sure to rinse with clean water when you’re done and dry the floors with a towel or rag.

Sponges and rags are also okay to use, but again, it’s important to avoid standing water and left-behind soap residue.

Dealing with scuffs and scratches

The best way to prevent scuffs and scratches from occurring is to regularly sweep and vacuum your floors to get rid of debris that could damage the floors.

There are some options to remove (or at least fade) scratches and scuffs that get into your flooring. Light buffing may work if it’s just a small mark. There are also spot repair kits available online or at hardware stores that may do the trick. If the scuff or scratch is a bit larger, you can use a vinyl floor sealer after washing the floor to cover up the mark. In some cases, WD-40 lubricant is also an effective means of getting rid of a scuff.

If it’s more than superficial damage, such as a deeper cut, dent or scratch, you may need to replace the plank or tile. The same is true if the damage wore through the protective layer of the vinyl. This often occurs when bottoms of chairs or other pieces of furniture run back and forth over the same spot. This is why it’s a good idea to hold on to extra planks or tiles after you’ve completed installation so you have pieces of flooring available should you ever need them.

For more information about the best tips and tricks for how to care for your flooring, contact The Floor Source today. We’re pleased to answer any questions you have about vinyl flooring, hardwood, carpeting or any other types of flooring you might have in your home or wish to install.

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