7 Tips to Maintain Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl floors are naturally hard-wearing and water, scratch, and stain-resistant. The material’s durability, resilience, long-lasting strength, easy maintenance, and aesthetic appeal make it an excellent choice for a wide variety of purposes. 

Although vinyl floors have a quick and straightforward maintenance routine, you can get significant results with these seven tips.

Use a doormat

Use a doormat to minimize the vinyl floor’s exposure to external elements. A doormat safeguards the vinyl floor against its two greatest enemies: dirt and chemicals, which can be abrasive and tarnish your floor over time. 

Sweep frequently

Sweep the dirt off regularly so that it does not deposit on the floor. Use a soft broom to sweep the floor every evening without fail. Without accumulated dirt, cleaning requires less time.

Learn low-impact cleaning techniques

Resist the temptation to use heavy-duty cleaners. Instead, learn to clean vinyl floors gently with non-abrasive techniques. Sweep or vacuum every evening and wipe away any spills right away without delay. Use a mop soaked in warm soap water to clean areas beyond the reach of the broom or vacuum. 

Use the right cleaner

Wash vinyl floors with a suitable cleaner. If you have older vinyl that requires waxing, clean it with warm water and detergent. Dampen a mop or sponge with the cleaning liquid, rub the floor gently to loosen the dirt, and rinse off with clean, cool water.

Don’t drench your vinyl

It’s important to remember that water isn’t always the best vinyl floor cleaner. Water from an overly wet mop can seep into the cracks, seams, and edges and destroy the glue that holds the vinyl floor together.

Preserve the sheen

No wax vinyl flooring does not require waxing, as it has a clear polyurethane coating that gives it a constant glow. Wax will not adhere well to this layer, and sometimes, it may even create an undesirable mess. To polish a no-wax vinyl floor, apply a varnish specifically designed for no-wax flooring. Ensure the floor is spotless and apply one or two thin layers as per the manufacturer’s instructions.

Clean the stains mindfully

Here are some useful tips to help you clean stains effectively:

  • Oil, vinegar, or lemon stains: Use a mixture of warm water and a neutral detergent to remove them right away before they cause surface discoloration.
  • Ink, tomato, or blood stains: Apply diluted alcohol directly on the stain for a few minutes, then rinse off with water. 
  • Pen and marker stains: Gently rub white spirit on the floor and rinse well with water.
  • Rust: Clean with an anti-rust sponge and rinse off with water.

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