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Choosing the Right Vinyl Floor Cleaner: Guidance and Products

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When picking out a vinyl floor cleaner, it’s crucial to go for pH-neutral formulas that steer clear of harsh chemicals like bleach. While these ingredients might work well on materials like stone and tile, they can potentially damage the appearance of your vinyl planks.

Most vinyl floor cleaners are versatile, pulling double duty by spot-treating stains and giving your whole living area a thorough cleaning. But for those stubborn stains or really tough messes, think about upping the concentration of your cleaner. This will make sure you get the best results when tackling those tricky cleaning jobs.

Learn how to clean vinyl floors like a professional. 

How many types of vinyl floor cleaners are there?

You’ll encounter two primary types: spray formulas and concentrates. 

  1. Spray and liquid cleaners are pre-mixed and ready to use straight from the bottle. This convenience makes them ideal for application with your preferred mop or microfiber cloth.
  2. Concentrates are highly potent cleaners that need to be diluted in water before use. 

How to clean your vinyl plank floors

Regular maintenance is key to preserving the appearance of your vinyl plank floors. This involves sweeping or vacuuming regularly to eliminate dirt and debris that could potentially scratch the surface over time. 

Also, it’s important to mop using a mild cleaner like dish soap or vinegar diluted in water at least once a week. Ensure that any excess moisture is well dried after mopping, to prevent damage to the flooring material. So:

  • Begin by vacuuming or using a broom to remove surface dirt, dust, hair, and larger particles before applying a spray cleaner before mopping.
  • Spray the cleaner onto the surface.
  • Wipe off the cleaner using a cloth or a microfiber mop. 

By having a routine maintenance routine, plus occasional deep cleaning, your vinyl floors will maintain their beauty for years to come.

Top vinyl floor cleaners

1. Bona Pro Series Luxury Vinyl Floor Cleaner – Cartridge 34 oz

This vinyl floor cleaner is compatible with the Bona Pro Series Luxury Vinyl Floor Mop. It’s a refillable cartridge, pH-neutral cleaner, specially crafted to effectively clean luxury vinyl tile (LVT), luxury vinyl plank (LVP), and wood-plastic composite (WPC) floors.

2. Bona Pro Series Luxury Vinyl Floor Cleaner – Refill 128 oz

In our store, we also have the Bona Pro Series Luxury Vinyl Floor Cleaner Refill in a generous 128 oz size. This professional-grade formula ensures a thorough clean, leaving your floors looking immaculate without streaking or residue. 

With its fast-drying action and pH-neutral composition, it’s safe and effective for all luxury vinyl tile (LVT), luxury vinyl plank (LVP), and wood-plastic composite (WPC) flooring types. The ingredients prioritize safety for both people and pets, as well as the environment.

3. Bona Pro Series Luxury Vinyl Floor Cleaner – Spray 32 oz

Bona has created another great vinyl floor cleaner: a water-based solution. This ensures efficient cleaning, while also having a pH-neutral formula.

4. Natural cleaners

For those looking for natural alternatives, there are some homemade options that could be used to clean vinyl floors, without leaving behind harsh chemicals or residue.

  • Baking Soda: When dealing with stubborn stains on vinyl floors, create a paste by blending 2 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 teaspoon of water. Baking soda’s abrasiveness helps lift stains without causing harm to the vinyl underneath. If the stain persists, apply the paste once or twice more until you observe the discoloration fading. Once the stain is removed, wipe away any baking soda residue with a clean, soft cloth.
  • Vinegar: A blend of white vinegar and warm water serves as an excellent vinyl floor cleaner; just make sure to use only enough vinegar so that no odor remains after rinsing off the solution with clean water.
  • Rubbing alcohol: Some stains on vinyl floors, such as grease, ink, or permanent marker stains, may seem nearly impossible to remove. If you’re struggling to lift one of these stains and neither baking soda nor vinegar is effective, it’s time to resort to rubbing alcohol.
  • Baby Oil: If your vinyl flooring has lost its shine and appears dull, you can easily restore its luster with a few drops of baby oil. For both polishing and disinfection, you can also add a cup of vinegar to the mixture. The acidity of white vinegar helps break down any buildup responsible for the dull appearance on the vinyl. Meanwhile, baby oil serves as a natural polish, imparting an extra dose of shine to your floors once they are free of dirt and grime.

Vinyl floor cleaning: Dos and don’ts 

Dos:

  • Regular cleaning is key to maintaining the appearance and longevity of vinyl flooring. A weekly sweep or dust mop can effectively remove dirt and debris. Additionally, floor care, including mopping, should be conducted at least once a month or as necessary. Go for a mild detergent and warm water solution for mopping to avoid damaging the vinyl’s surface.
  • After cleaning, make sure that the floor is thoroughly dried to prevent water spots or streaks. Using excessive water during cleaning can compromise the floor’s integrity. Too much water can cause the seams between planks to swell and warp, leading to buckling and other damage. Moreover, excess moisture can foster mold and mildew growth, posing health risks. To mitigate these issues, only use a damp mop and a mild cleaning solution when cleaning vinyl flooring.

Don’ts

  • When it comes to cleaning vinyl floors, steam cleaning isn’t advisable. Despite being a chemical-free method that uses heat and high-pressure steam, vinyl flooring is sensitive to heat. Using a steam cleaner can lead to irreversible damage to your vinyl floors.
  • It’s essential to steer clear of abrasive or acidic cleaners as they can harm the flooring’s surface. Avoid using steel wool, scouring pads, or harsh chemicals like bleach or ammonia, because they can scratch or discolor the vinyl.

If you’re uncertain about the right vinyl floor cleaner products for your flooring, reach out to Atlanta Flooring for expert guidance. First Atlanta Flooring is a trusted source for premium flooring products, featuring a wide curated selection of leading brands.