So you have vinyl floors and you’re not certain how to keep them looking new for years to come? Maintenance, maintenance! Keeping them clean through regular cleanings will extend their lives and keep them looking fresh.
- Start with prevention: Use area rugs and mats in high-traffic areas such as hallways and doors. Use mats both inside and out as an added measure to help keep dirt and grit out to avoid scratches and scuffing. Area rugs in frequently used hallways can also help maintain the floors. Rugs and mats also will help keep out industrial chemicals you’ll pick up on your shoes outside (think asphalt). Over time, certain chemicals can begin to yellow vinyl floors.
- Sweep or vacuum: Regular and thorough sweeping or vacuuming each week will help keep dirt and grime from scratching or scuffing your vinyl floors, as well as from building up. If possible, clean up dirt as you see it without waiting for your weekly cleaning.
- After sweeping or vacuuming, damp mopping will help will also help clean your floors. Never use hot water as it isn’t good for vinyl. Use warm water and only use cleaning detergents specially formulated for vinyl floors. Your best bet is to regularly clean only using a warm-water, damp mop. Use detergents only sparingly in order to avoid build up of soap residue which eventually leads to yellowing of vinyl over time. If you do decide to use detergent, be certain to also mop a second time with only water to remove the residue.