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How to clean vinyl floors

How to Deep Clean Vinyl Floors

Every homeowner wants a home that’s clean and attractive, welcoming to visitors.  Vinyl floors are common options in kitchens and bathrooms, and they are beautiful when properly maintained. This flooring is also a popular choice for homeowners because of their durability. While a quick sweep and mop usually clean routine dust and dirt, deep cleaning is a good idea when you want your floors to look like new again!  If you’re wondering how to clean vinyl floors when scuffs or stains mar their beauty, we’ve included a few tips below.

The Best Way to Clean a Vinyl Floor

Deep cleaning a vinyl floor takes a little elbow grease, but you can eliminate the scuff marks and stains with a few simple and readily available tools and products.  Here’s what you’ll need to have your floors sparkling like new again:

  • Broom or vacuum
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Baking soda
  • Putty knife
  • Rags
  • Commercial cleaner or vinegar
  • Dish soap
  • Bucket
  • Microfiber mop
  • Water

Once you have all of your supplies ready, the first step is to thoroughly sweep or vacuum your vinyl floors. If you choose to vacuum the floor, make sure you have it on the right setting to remove the beater bar to protect against scratches unless you have a vacuum with a specific setting for bare floors.

Now you’re ready to remove those scuffs, and it’s easy with a microfiber cloth. All you need to do is slightly dampen a microfiber cloth with water and then buff away the scuff.

How to clean vinyl floors with stains

Now that the floor is swept and you’ve eliminated the scuff marks, what about those tough stains of gum or paint you may fear will be impossible to remove?

A putty knife is a great tool for scraping up gum or paint, but be gentle so you don’t damage the floor.

For stains including ink, lipstick, tomato sauce, grape juice, ketchup or others you think are impossible to remove, a baking soda paste works miracles! Apply the baking soda paste (baking soda and water) with a soft rag, then simply rub gently until the stains disappear.

The final step – mopping the floor. Whether you use a commercial cleaner or prefer to make your own, mopping with a microfiber mop is the final step and will have your vinyl floors sparkling.  One cup of vinegar in one gallon of hot water is all you need if you want to make your own cleaner, and you can add two or three drops of dish soap to the bucket as well if you prefer.

Caution:  Dip your mop in the bucket and wring it out fairly well before you start scrubbing and use a clean towel after mopping to fully dry the floor. Excess water could leave your vinyl warped! Vinyl floors are not only beautiful but affordable and highly durable, which is why they’re a popular choice for many homeowners. Now you know how to clean vinyl floors so yours will maintain their original beauty for years to come.

If you like these tips for your vinyl floor you’ll also enjoy these general cleaning tips from the professionals at Molly Maid! If you would like to take house cleaning off your to-do list, please contact your local Molly Maid or call us at (800) 654-9647 today!