How to Clean Vinyl Flooring: The Definitive Guide

Need guidance on how to clean vinyl flooring? Read on for expert cleaning advice from the Virgin Carpets and Flooring team.

So, you just got brand new vinyl flooring in your home, but you are not sure how to clean it. You will be happy to know that cleaning vinyl floors is not a difficult process. In fact, vinyl is a popular choice for flooring because it is so budget-friendly and easy to clean. However, like all types of flooring, you must care for it properly if you want it to last.

That’s why the team at Virgin Carpets and Flooring has put together this definitive guide on how to clean vinyl flooring. Read on to learn how to keep your vinyl floors looking their best!

Materials List

Virgin Carpets and Flooring recommends using these products to clean your vinyl floors:

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Broom
  • Microfiber dry mop
  • Wet mop
  • Bucket
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Paper towel or soft cloth

Vinyl Floor Cleaning in Steps

If you’re not sure what steps to follow when cleaning your vinyl flooring, don’t worry! We have you covered. You might be surprised to know that keeping your vinyl floors sparkling doesn’t have to require a deep cleaning.

Here are the basic steps you need to follow to clean vinyl floors:

  1. Dry Mop

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Before you start wet mopping your vinyl floors, it’s important to “dry mop” with a microfiber mop (Swiffer) or a vacuum. This will remove any dirt or dust that may be on the surface of the flooring. We recommend using the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to get into all the nooks and crannies, and make sure to get rid of any dirt or dust that may have settled on the surface.

Pro-Tip: Make sure you use a damp cloth to wipe down the baseboards and doorframes after you finish dry mopping, as some dirt and dust may have transferred there during the cleaning process.

  1. Wet Mop

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In order to clean your vinyl floors without damaging them, you need to use a gentle cleaning solution. The team at Virgin Carpets and Flooring recommends mixing a solution of vinegar and water. The ratio should be one cup of vinegar for every gallon of hot water. Either white vinegar or apple cider vinegar will work fine.

You can also use a gentle floor cleaner that is specifically designed for vinyl floors. Want your floors to have some extra shine? Add a few drops of olive oil or baby oil to your cleaning solution.

Pro-Tip: Never use harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners on your vinyl floors, as this will damage the surface and cause it to deteriorate over time.

  1. Tackle Stubborn Scuff Marks and Stains

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If you have any stubborn scuff marks or stains left after you wet mop, you can use a soft cloth or paper towel to gently scrub them with the vinegar and water solution. If this doesn’t work, you can try using a mild soap like dishwashing liquid.

Here’s some common ways your vinyl floor can get marked up and the household products that can be used to remove them:

  • Shoe marks: WD-40 or jojoba oil on a towel can be used on a towel to gently lift the marks.
  • Food stains: Soak a paper towel in white vinegar and place it over the stain. Let it sit for about five minutes before wiping it up.
  • Pet urine: Make a paste of baking soda and water. Then apply over the stained area and gently scrub till the stain is lifted.
  • Crayon marks or lipstick: Rub the marks with acetone or rubbing alcohol until they disappear.
  • Mud stains: Scrub the mud stains with a toothbrush dipped in hot water and dishwashing liquid. Let them air dry afterwards.

When applying any solvents, it is recommended you hit the area again with another round of wet mopping to avoid damaging your floor.

Pro-Tip: You can increase the effectiveness of these household solvents by using a soft nylon brush.

  1. Let the Floor Air Dry

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After you finish wet mopping and tackle any stains, it’s important to let your vinyl floors air dry completely. You can use a fan to speed up the process. Do not walk on the floor or put any furniture back until it’s completely dry, as this could cause water spots.

Repeat all these steps as often as needed to keep your vinyl floors looking brand new.

Products to Avoid

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When cleaning vinyl flooring, stay away from any products that contain ammonia, bleach, or other harsh chemicals. Also, avoid any “mop and shine products” as they leave a dull film that can attract dirt. These can damage the surface of your flooring and cause it to deteriorate over time.

Additionally, avoid abrasive scrubbers, cleaning pads, or steel wool as they can permanently damage the surface of your vinyl floors.

Preventing Damage to Vinyl Flooring Over Time

If you want your vinyl floors to stand the test of time, there are some preventive measures you can take.

Here are a few tips to improve the longevity of your vinyl floor:

  • Use door mats at all entrances to your home to help prevent dirt, mud, and sand from being tracked in.
  • Place area rugs or floor mats in high traffic areas to protect the flooring from wear and tear.
  • Wipe up spills immediately with a soft cloth or paper towel.
  • Remove shoes before walking on vinyl floors that could leave scuff marks.
  • Place felt pads under furniture legs to avoid scratches.

By following these simple tips, you can keep your vinyl floors looking new for years to come!

Have Questions on How to Clean Vinyl Floors? We Have Answers!

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If you have any questions or concerns about caring for your vinyl floors, the team at Virgin Carpets and Flooring is here to help. We have years of experience in the flooring industry and can answer any questions you may have.

Contact us with questions on how to care for your vinyl floors at