How to Mop a PVC Floor

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Clean your PVC flooring with a safe, homemade cleaner.
Clean your PVC flooring with a safe, homemade cleaner. (Image: BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

PVC flooring is a smooth, highly durable flooring option that is found in many high traffic areas, including schools, business buildings, shopping centers and similar areas. When cleaning PVC flooring, you want to use a solution that causes no damage to the PVC but is highly effective in removing any buildup or residue quickly. The cleaner should also dry clear and free of residue so you don't need to go back over the flooring to dry it.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • Mop
  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Dish soap

Fill a cleaning bucket with a solution of 1 cup vinegar per 1 gallon of water used. Add 1/2 tsp. dish soap per gallon of water used if you have a heavily soiled PVC flooring that requires a stronger cleaning.

Dip a mop into the cleaning solution and wring out the mop. You want to use little moisture when cleaning so the floor does not become over-saturated with the cleaning solution, so make sure the mop is not dripping wet with liquid.

Wipe the mop over your PVC flooring in long, back-and-forth strokes. Dip the mop back into the mixture every 30 seconds or so, or as needed to rinse off the collected residue and absorb new solution.

Allow the floor to air dry. When possible, try to keep foot traffic off of the flooring as it dries to prevent footprints and other residue from accumulating during the drying process.

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