How to Clean Vinyl Floors in 3 Easy Steps

Keeping your vinyl floor clean and shiny is easy compared to other types of flooring. Vinyl’s durability and resistance to stain and moisture make it a popular choice for kitchens, bathrooms, and high-traffic areas. On the other hand, dirt, grit, and sand will eventually cause vinyl to lose its shine and begin to make it look old and dull. Knowing how to clean vinyl floors effectively only requires 3 easy steps.

Step 1: Sweep or Vacuum Your Vinyl Floors Frequently

Begin by placing doormats or area rugs next to all outside doors. This will help prevent most of the dirt and grit from entering your home. Check with the vinyl floor manufacturer or your local floor store to be sure the underneath side of the doormat is safe to use on vinyl. Sweep or vacuum your vinyl floor frequently to remove the sand and grit which causes the most damage to vinyl flooring. This is half the battle for having clean and shiny vinyl floors.

Step 2: Use a Damp Mop to Clean Vinyl Flooring

All you really need for cleaning vinyl floors is a damp mop and warm water. For more heavy duty cleaning, or sanitizing, try 2 oz. of white vinegar mixed with 32 oz. of warm water. Avoid using harsh cleaners since they not only remove the dirt and grime, but eventually, the surface of the vinyl floor. You can add a few drops of dish liquid soap dissolved in warm water, however, dish soap will leave a film, so you’ll need to use a damp mop and water afterwards.

Step 3: Protect Vinyl Floors from Future Damage

Once your vinyl floor is clean, you can help protect it from future damage. An inexpensive vinyl floor restorer will seal a vinyl floor, and help keep the dirt, grit, and sand out of the seams. Never use a vinyl floor wax, paste wax, or solvent-based polishes. Vinyl manufacturers do not recommend these products. However, a liquid vinyl floor restorer is safe to use on vinyl, and will help protect it from future scratches, spills, coffee and tea stains, yellowing, and even black heel marks.

Pro Shot® Floor Restorer works great on vinyl flooring, and it contains no wax, so there’s no wax build up or yellowing. Pro Shot® also contains no petroleum, so there’s no offensive odor or smelly fumes. It goes down smoothly in one easy application, dries to a mirror-like finish in about 30 minutes, and is UL-listed for slip resistance. Pro Shot® Floor Restorer makes dull older vinyl flooring look like new again and makes cheap vinyl look expensive.

Remember, the only vinyl floor cleaner you may ever need is an inexpensive product you already have: liquid dish soap or vinegar and water. Some vinyl floor cleaners are expensive, and they will not make your vinyl floors shine. However, by using a floor restorer after cleaning, you can have clean and shiny vinyl floors that lasts for months and months. Your family and friends will think you installed a new vinyl floor.


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