Vinyl Flooring Cleaning and Care

Vinyl / Resilient Floor Cleaning & Maintenance

Your new floor is installed and everything looks beautiful — and that’s exactly how you want to keep it.  Here are some general care guidelines. These, combined with the manufacturer’s information, should tell you all you need to know to keep everything looking like new. Click here to find a professional vinyl floor cleaning company in your area.

The first 24 to 72 hours after the flooring is installed calls for special precautions.  Please see our section on resilient installation for this critical information.

Your Mother Was Right

Keeping the floor clean is not hard, but there are some guidelines to increase the life of your flooring.

Dust, sand and grit particles are the enemy.  Sweep or vacuum frequently.  Don’t use a vacuum with a beater bar as it may scratch your floor. And don’t use scrub brushes.

When sweeping or vacuuming does not remove the dirt, mop the floor with clean warm water.  Rinse the floor thoroughly with fresh water.

If water alone does not clean the surface, use cleaning products recommended by the manufacturer.  Most “no-rinse” cleaners will work just fine.

When all else fails, use your head.  No — not like that, silly!  An ounce or so of liquid detergent or ammonia in a gallon of water will work, but you will need to rinse the floor well.

Do NOT use detergents, abrasive cleaners or "mop and shine" products.

And always toss in an ounce of prevention.  Mats or rugs in front of outside doors will help keep the dust and grit from getting to the floor in the first place.  Be sure the mats and rugs you buy are for vinyl floors.  Some rubber-backed mats may leave stains or marks.

It’s Just a Spill

For spots or spills, wipe them up immediately and use the same technique on the spot as you would for the whole floor.

Sometimes It’s Serious

If you have a seam open up, you need to cover it to keep out the dirt. The same applies if you get a cut or gouge in your new floor. Dirt makes it harder to repair.  Call your retailer or installer for information on who should repair the seam.

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Date: August 13, 2013
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Very practical,useable advice.I read 2 articles before this one.This is the one best for me and my floor.
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Date: May 30, 2013
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Self-shining: cold water only; warm water dulls shine; hot water KILLS shine (and youll have to use wax after that; use Future, thinly). Non-self-shining vinyl: 3/4 c. distilled white vinegar in one gallon of warm water for regular dirt; 3/4 c. same vinegar PLUS 3/4 c. ammonia in one gallon of warm water. 40 years experience with vinyl floors.
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Date: May 28, 2013
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Not enough info. on cleaning. There has to be some type of cleaner that wont hurt the floor.How about tea tree oil and vinegar and water?I use it in my bathroom.
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Date: April 9, 2013
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My floor is a vinyl no shine natural tile look with texture. I use a microfiber mop and a weak solution of Pine Sol and water in a spray bottle for a daily once over or a weak solution of ammonia in water. Either cleans well. Our flooring is a year old and still looks new and microfiber gets up what a broom cannot without scratching the surface. You can use microfiber pad for dusting the floor too; toss in washer and reuse.
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Date: March 31, 2013
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Read your articles Vinyl (description), wood floor care and find it very rudimentary. You speak of vinyl laminates. Manufactures are passing these floors as vinyl. A comparison with wood laminates being called a specific wood species when 98% is other wood biproducts and binders. We are in the market for a solid vinyl not a vinyl film. You have a link to search for a maintenance contractor in a 50 mile radius, no results found!!
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Date: February 24, 2013
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I have a new ivc vinyl floor, and looking for safe products to keep it as beautiful as new. This article helped, but I would apreciate some mention of safe products. For now, I am using a weak solution of white vinegar and warm water. Hope that is good. There is not much traffic in the room, so I may skip the vinegar and use just the warm water.
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Date: January 20, 2013
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I saw that you shouldnt use vinegar and water which is what Ive been using...oops! So I came here to see what I should be using. Help please!
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Date: January 19, 2013
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why not just say use vinegar and water on your vinyl floor and be done with it
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Date: October 10, 2012
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IN one sentence you said to use liquid detergent and the next sentence you say never use a detergent. Which is it?
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Date: October 9, 2012
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My floor has gotten dull and it needs help. Will will use the suggestions.

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