Email: [email protected]

How to Clean a Vinyl Floor

by Lori Madden 07/28/2019

When it comes to home flooring, vinyl is a popular choice for bedrooms and kitchens because it's waterproof and easy to maintain. Apart from that, the Vinyl floor is stylish, affordable, and comfortable to walk on. With proper maintenance, your vinyl floor will continuously look tremendous and keep shinning for many years.

Cleaning and Maintaining Your Vinyl Floor.


Get rid of the dust from your vinyl floor with a Vacuum cleaner or broom. Removing the dirt or dust daily will prevent it from building up, thus making it easy for you to maintain your floor.


Give your vinyl floor a thorough cleaning with warm water, neutral detergent, and a damp mop every weekend. Doing so will help get rid of dirt as well as keep the floor in good shape. Note: when it comes to Vinyl floor cleaning, you do not need plenty of water to clean it. Also, if your Vinyl floor is light colored, you will need to clean it more often.

Removing Stains

Whenever you notice a stain on your vinyl floor, ensure you get rid of it immediately. For example, you can get rid of a spot with the use of nylon pad and detergent. Don't forget to rinse with clean water.

- For vinegar, oil or lemon stains: clean immediately as they may bring about discoloration.

- Blood, tomato, or ink stains are easily cleaned by dropping diluted alcohol on the stain for some 5-10 minutes without scrubbing, then rinse off with clean water.

- Marker and pen stains can be removed by rubbing it with drops of white spirit on a soft cloth and rinsing correctly with clean water.

- For rust, clean with any kind of anti-rust sponge. After cleaning, don't forget to rinse off with clean water.

Cleaning and Care tips

- Put protective pads at the bottom of heavy furniture, table and chair legs

- Prevent rubber bottoms on objects that are resting on your vinyl floor because it may lead to staining.

- Place doormats at entrance ways to reduce the amount of dirt or dust being brought inside.

- Cleaning should always be done with soft detergents.

- Put away hot items like coals, ashes or heaters far from your vinyl floor

What to Avoid

When it comes to cleaning vinyl flooring, there are some areas of caution and products not to use. 

- When vacuuming your vinyl floor, avoid using "beater bar" attachment as it may damage your floor surface.

- Do not use extremely -abrasive scrubbers.

- Don't clean your vinyl floors with: Black soap, abrasive powders, oil-based products or "mop and shine" products.

- Never use solvent-based polishes or paste wax on your vinyl floor.

Cleaning vinyl floors is not a complicated task. Taking good care of your floor will ensure that you have many years to enjoy it in its best condition. You can also hire professional cleaners to do a thorough wash twice a year.

About the Author

Lori Madden

As a Florida native growing up in Sarasota, I have seen my hometown grow from a sleepy coastal town to a highly sought-after destination along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. After working in Chicago for 5 years, I returned to Sarasota and saw it through a new lens and really began to appreciate what makes Sarasota so desirable, including temperatures that allow for year round outdoor activities including tennis (a personal favorite), golf, boating, kayaking, fishing, paddle boarding, or just relaxing and/or shelling on our pristine sandy shores, including Dr. Beach’s #1 beach in the United States for 2017, Siesta Key! Sarasota’s cultural amenities are many and diverse, appealing to a wide range of arts lovers. Downtown Sarasota has become a destination in itself, drawing many new developments for those who want to be within walking distance of Main Street's offerings and the picturesque bayfront and marina. Foodies will find an eclectic mix of locally owned and operated restaurants offering something for everyone, and there are now Farmers Markets every day of the week in various locations throughout Sarasota, but the Saturday morning Farmers Market in downtown Sarasota draws the biggest crowds. Since 1988, my passion has been selling real estate, representing both buyers and sellers. I have been recognized by my clients and customers for an uncompromising work ethic and dedication to helping them achieve their real estate goals. Relying on my experience as a real estate paralegal and being highly organized, I am able to help make the transition between contract and closing a smooth one for my clients. With an eye for interior and landscape design, I've been known to pitch in and help Sellers minimize and/or reorganize their belongings in order to stage their home to maximize its sale potential. I specialize in out of state buyers looking for their piece of paradise along the Gulf Coast and make it a priority to keep them up to date on our quickly changing local real estate market. I welcome the opportunity to share with you all Sarasota and her surrounding islands have to offer!