How To Clean Vinyl Flooring
Flooring is a favorite among those who want their homes to look attractive and unique without spending too much. Vinyl tiles and flooring is the most popular flooring types. It long lasting and attractive but like all products, has its own methods of cleaning and care. However, it is not very difficult or expensive to clean vinyl flooring and can be completed by you with ease. Here are a few suggestions on how to achieve the target of a spick and span vinyl flooring:
- Try to avoid stains and scratches on the floor as much as possible. Keep it clean in general by vacuuming the floor or brushing it every day or every alternate day. Since dirt is by nature abrasive, keep a doormat to probe visitors and all family members to rub their feet on it before entering their house.
- Get the bases of your furniture covered with plywood or foam so that the flooring is not torn or scratched when the pieces are moved. Vinyl coasters are also available in the market to act as cushions for furniture feet!
- The simplest and regular care for vinyl flooring is plain water and sponge mop. For days when you want to work more, use some mild liquid soap with the water. It is best if you can repeat the process with plain water once you finish with the soap water. That will make sure that no remnants of the soap are present on the floor. However, before starting off with water, first clear off the dry dirt with the help of a vacuum cleaner or else the flooring will become all muddy.
- Cider vinegar is a good cleanser for vinyl flooring. One of the best cleansers for vinyl flooring is apple cider vinegar. Mix a gallon of hot water with one cup of cider vinegar, damp a mop with this liquid and clean your vinyl floor. If you want to add some shine to your floor, then add some baby oil to this mix.
- Food stains on vinyl flooring can be removed with a paste of baking powder and water which needs to be gently rubbed on the stained area till the mark is gone. Remember to clean off the paste well once the job is over.
- Nail polish stains can be removed with the nail polish remover that you use, alcohol can get rid of ink marks, lipstick and dye marks. Crayon and marker stains can be removed with mineral spirits.
- Persistent stains can be removed with a clean white rag soaked in a solution of bleach and water in the proportion of 1:3 and then placed on the stained area. An hour later, you will find that the stain is gone. Use hot water to clean the area after removing the rag. For stains which remain even after this, repeat the process a few days later.
No detergents, rough, abrasive materials should be used for cleaning the vinyl floor you have. Also, before buying any floor cleaner, check if it can be used on vinyl floors. No ammonia-based cleanser should be used since these can damage the flooring.