How to Clean Vinyl Kitchen Floors

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Vinyl flooring has become increasingly popular over the years, particularly in rooms such as the kitchen or bathroom, which see a lot of foot traffic and tend to accumulate stains most easily. Often this flooring comes in a sheet or roll with several colors and patterns to choose from. Most touted is vinyl's durability and its easy-to-clean surface, in comparison to a traditional tiled floor's grout and surface, which tend to stain more easily.

Things You'll Need

  • Mop
  • Bucket
  • Broom or vacuum
  • Dish soap or detergent
  • Sponge
  • Commercial vinyl polish (optional)
  • Use the broom to sweep the entirety of the kitchen floor, being sure to eliminate as much of the scraps, crumbs, and other objects as possible; you can also use a vacuum for this purpose.

  • Fill the bucket with enough warm, soapy water to submerge the mop. If you have a large or particularly dirty kitchen floor, make sure you have access to a sink, as you will have to refill the bucket with clean water several times.

  • Mop the floor, being careful to get into corners and under appliances. You should use an up-down motion, rather than a circular one, unless you have a swivel-head mop. Monitor the water bucket: if you see the water turn muddy or brown, empty the contents into the sink and refill with clean water and a few drops of soap.

  • Dip the sponge into the soapy bucket and scrub out any stains or spots that you may have missed with the mop. Rinse out the sponge and wipe off any parts of the vinyl that have soap scum or excess water.

  • Apply a commercial vinyl polish monthly, if you wish. This is meant to make the vinyl shine.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep your vinyl flooring stain-free by wiping up all spills as soon as they occur, particularly oil or grease spots.

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