How to Clean Vinyl Laminate Flooring

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Vinyl laminate flooring has become very popular. Not only is it heat, stain and dent resistant, it is durable and will last for many years. Cleaning vinyl laminate floors is important to preserve the original appearance of the floor and to maximize the lifetime of the flooring.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum cleaner, broom or dust mop
  • Bucket
  • Warm water
  • Sponge mop
  • Dish soap, ammonia or vinegar
  • Acetone or rubbing alcohol
  • Dry rag

Remove loose dust, dirt and debris from the floor frequently. Use a soft-brush vacuum cleaner attachment, broom or dust mop. Avoid using a vacuum cleaner with a beater bar because this may scratch the floor.

Fill a bucket with warm water. Dip a sponge mop into the bucket and wring it out thoroughly. Mop the entire floor with water. Place 1 tbsp. of dish soap or 1 tbsp. of ammonia into the bucket for a stronger cleaning solution. A solution of two parts white vinegar and three parts warm water is also an acceptable cleaning agent.

Rinse the floor with plain, warm water to remove any residue from the cleaning solution. Rinse and wring the mop frequently to ensure that all of the soap or cleaning product is removed from the floor. Leaving excess cleaning agents on the flooring may leave a film on the surface.

Allow the flooring to air dry thoroughly. Avoid foot traffic until it is completely dry.

Remove tough stains from the floor using acetone or rubbing alcohol. Apply a dab of acetone to a dry cloth and gently blot the stain. Rinse the stained area with plain water.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid using abrasive cleaning products, scouring powder or pads, and steel wool on vinyl laminate flooring. Any of these can scratch the floor.

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