Seven Mistakes To Avoid When It Comes To Keeping Your New Vinyl Flooring Clean

Posted on: 19 March 2021

If you're having a new vinyl floor installed in your home, it's important that you know how to keep it clean. Unfortunately, homeowners sometimes make cleaning mistakes that detract from the condition of their vinyl flooring over time.

The following are seven mistakes to avoid when it comes to keeping your new vinyl flooring clean. 

Having no cleaning schedule in place

You should set a schedule to make sure that you're not going too long between vinyl floor cleanings. Give your vinyl plank flooring a thorough cleaning at least a couple of times a month. 

Using cleaners that are too harsh

You can damage your vinyl flooring if you use a harsh cleaner containing bleach or ammonia to clean it. It's important to use a gentle cleaner. Use a commercial cleaner specifically designed for vinyl. Alternatively, you can mix apple cider vinegar with water for a natural, non-toxic cleaning mixture that's well suited to vinyl flooring. 

Cleaning with a steam mop

Vinyl flooring should never be steam-cleaned. While steam cleaning is a great way to get carpets cleaned, the high temperatures and moisture exposure that go along with steam cleanings can be damaging to vinyl floors. 

Letting stains seep in before cleaning

Vinyl flooring can easily become stained if you spill liquids such as tea, red wine, or fruit juice on it. It's important to wipe up any spills right away and thoroughly clean your vinyl afterward to prevent stains. If your vinyl floor does become stained, you may be able to remove stains using a baking soda solution. 

Failing to sweep or dry vac vinyl before mopping

It's important to get rid of any crumbs or solid debris before you start mopping. Make sure you completely sweep off or dry vac your entire vinyl floor surface before you mop to prevent unnecessary wear and tear. 

Wearing shoes when walking on vinyl flooring

If you want to keep your vinyl flooring in the best possible shape, you may want to get in the habit of taking your shoes off at your door. Removing shoes before walking on vinyl flooring can go a long way in keeping your flooring as clean as possible between cleanings. 

Failing to place felt furniture pads under table legs and other heavy furniture pieces

Table legs can cause depressions in vinyl floor surfaces if they are left in place over time. You can prevent wear and tear on your vinyl flooring from furniture by placing furniture pads under table legs and other areas where heavy furniture parts come into contact with the floor.

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