There are plenty of reasons why you would want to have vinyl floors in your home. They’re cost-effective, look great, and they’re comfortable to walk on, too. They’re also durable, and with only a little bit of maintenance, can stay looking as good as new for many years to come. However, even though they’re not considered to need much work, it’s not as if you can ignore the cleaning aspect. Everything can get dirty! If you need to know how to keep your vinyl floor clean, then take a read below.
It’s a lot easier to keep your floor clean if you’re limiting how dirty it can become in the first place. While some dirt will materialize no matter what you do, most of it is within your control. That’s because a lot of the dirt is walked in from other places, most notably outside. If you have a mat at the entrance to your home (or wherever you have vinyl flooring), then you’ll be able to wipe your feet off the dirt that you’d otherwise bring inside. Simple and effective!
Sweep you vinyl floor daily
We know that time is at a premium in the modern age, but everyone has the time for a few minutes of brushing. Keep a broom handy, and make a habit of sweeping up when you have a moment to yourself. Just 2-3 minutes of brushing a day will keep your floor in better condition! Don’t overthink it, just do it. If you’re on the phone to your friend, or chatting with your family about their day, what difference does it make if you’re sat down or if you’re wandering the room with a brush in your hand?
Mop up Spills Straight Away
Accidents happen, no matter how careful you might be. While those little drops of coffee and wine won’t do any harm instantly, they’ll reduce the quality of the floor if they’re not allowed to sink into the flooring. As such, make a habit of clearing away any spills as soon as they happen. It’ll take all of two minutes to pick up the mess and clean the floor, and once you’ve finished it’ll be like nothing has happened. Be on extra alert if you’re having a party — it’s easy to think “I’ll do that tomorrow” but better to take care of it straight away.
Find the Right Cleaner for your vinyl floor
Those daily sweeping sessions will help to keep your vinyl flooring in good condition, but to keep it looking as new, you’ll want to engage in some deeper cleaning. For this, you’ll need to find the right cleaning products. It’s best to get one that’s specifically designed for vinyl flooring, especially if yours is made of no-wax vinyl.
What to avoid
So what’s what you should do, but what about what you shouldn’t be doing? Don’t scrub too hard, or invest in heavy furniture with rollers — they won’t dirty up the place, but they will leave scratches, which will decrease the look no matter how clean it is.