Vinyl Floor Care: The Best Way To Clean Vinyl Floors

Vinyl flooring is a strong flooring solution consisting of waterproof sheets which can replicate any chosen effect. So it’s evident to see why vinyl has become such a popular material for flooring recently. As well as endless savings, vinyl flooring, such as Karndean, offers total versatility. Whether you’re looking for a wooden floor, a stone floor or even ceramic tiles, vinyl can easily create that look, at a fraction of the price. On top of this, vinyl floor care is incredibly simple, as it’s the easiest type of floor to install and maintain. Good news for those of us who want to avoid wasting weekends scrubbing the flooring!

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If you’ve finally installed your vinyl flooring and want to maintain it’s good-as-new look, here’s some helpful tips for vinyl floor care to keep it in ship shape!

1. Use a Doormat

First on the tips for vinyl floor care is to avoid any damage in the first place with a doormat. Placing a doormat by your front door will help prevent grit getting through to your beloved vinyl via visitors’ shoes. Grit and vinyl do not mix well as grit tends to erode the surface of your vinyl. For this reason, it’s also recommended to regularly sweep your vinyl flooring with a soft broom or use a hoover to remove dirt.

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2. Use an Appropriate Cleaner

Cleaning using only water will usually suffice. However, the best way to clean vinyl floors is to use a mild cleanser designed for vinyl floor care. This will add extra sparkle, but check the label before using, as different vinyls require different products.

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For tougher stains, bicarbonate of soda can also be handy with warm water. For even more stubborn stains, for example wine, a small amount of bleach diluted with water will work magic. After the product is applied, wipe away with a damp mop or cloth. Any leftover soap scum will develop a film and collect more dirt, so ensure you wipe away thoroughly. Whatever you do, always be gentle while scrubbing and don’t use abrasive cleaners or scourers which could mark the surface.

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3. Ensure Flooring is Dry

Although vinyl flooring is not as prone to damage as solid wood, too much liquid does not benefit it. After cleaning, ensure your flooring is completely dry by going over it with a soft towel. Vinyl is non-absorbent so any leftover liquid will otherwise just sit on the surface in puddles.

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While it may be tempting to go overboard with your mopping, the best way to clean vinyl floors is to try to use water sparingly. An overly wet mop could work its way into the seams of the vinyl and loosen the adhesive keeping your vinyl on the floor, which could cause bumps or curling.

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4. Beware of Heavy Furniture

An extra tip when it comes to protecting your vinyl flooring, is watching out for any weight placed on the surface. Tables or sofas that permanently sit on your flooring can leave a dent in the vinyl. Avoid this by fitting discrete and padded floor protectors to the bottom of your furniture. Also ensure that if you move these objects, you lift them and move instead of dragging them across the vinyl floor and consequently scratching it.

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What's the best way to clean vinyl floors in your opinion? Or do you have any additional tips for vinyl floor care? Please let us know in the comments below!

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