How to Steam Clean Vinyl


Steam is very effective for cleaning vinyl and making sure that the surface is sanitized. Steam can be used to clean vinyl floors and even vinyl upholstery, but before you steam clean vinyl upholstery, do a test run in an inconspicuous area. Some steam cleaners get so hot they can damage very supple or untreated vinyl. Vinyl flooring, however, is not vulnerable to the high temperatures of steam cleaners.

Things You'll Need

  • Broom
  • Dust pan
  • Clean cotton rags
  • Water
  • Steam cleaner
  • Sweep the vinyl before you steam clean. Be thorough, because bits of crumbs, dust and dirt will become mucky when they are exposed to water. If you are cleaning vinyl upholstery, wipe all crumbs and dust away with a dry cloth.

  • Use a wet cotton rag to wipe up any dried spills. Although the steam cleaner can tackle dried spills, you'll get better results if you start with a relatively clean surface.

  • Fill the water tank in the steam cleaner with fresh water. Starting with fresh water each time you use the cleaner will keep the machine free from mineral deposits left by standing water.

  • Run your steam cleaner back and forth over the vinyl. Do not hold the steam cleaner too long in any one position to avoid overheating the vinyl. Keep the steam cleaner moving as you clean---too much direct steam can eventually wear down the shine on vinyl floors.

  • Allow the surface to dry thoroughly.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid walking on vinyl floors or sitting on vinyl upholstery until it is completely dry. In most cases, the surface dries almost immediately because the steam is extremely hot.
  • Keep your hands away from the steam. Steam can cause severe burns.
  • Keep children out of the room you are steam cleaning.

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