Daily Care & Maintenance
When it comes to daily vinyl maintenance, the one thing that you should be doing regularly is sweeping your floors. Sweeping, dusting, or brooming, are all important as they help to remove dirt, dust, and other debris that can, over time, scratch and scrape your vinyl floors.
You may also elect to use a wet or dry mop on your vinyl floors as well. This can help give your floors a crisp, clean look. More on wet mopping will be discussed below.
Regular Vinyl Care
Care should be taken with heavy furniture and appliances. Furniture protectors should be used that are at least 2” in diameter. The hard and small buttons sometimes found on the bottom of chairs and other pieces of furniture should be removed. High-heeled shoes also apply here.
You can help protect the floors from dirt and grit that can be tracked in by using walk-off mats at every entrance. Do not use rubber-backed mats though as certain rubber compounds can permanently stain vinyl.
While mopping can help to clean your vinyl floors, you want to make sure you never leave standing water on your vinyl as it can cause long-term damage.
Dealing With Spills & Stains
All spills should be removed immediately to prevent damage to the floor/subfloor. A basic cloth or paper towel will do the truck. Stubborn rubber heel marks can be removed with a soft cloth dampened with mineral spirits.
For extreme staining like nail polish, paint, dye, and permanent markers try applying fingernail polish remover that contains acetone with a soft cloth and gently rub.