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How To Clean and Maintain Vinyl Plank Flooring

by Bestlaminate
Published: Last Updated on 187 comments 3 minutes read

Vinyl plank flooring offers a fabulous alternative to hardwood floors. Vinyl plank flooring is not only much cheaper than hardwood flooring, but it is also much easier to maintain. When you take a few simple steps, you will be able to enjoy your vinyl plank flooring for several years. So, how to clean and maintain vinyl plank flooring?

Cleaning

Use a lightweight vacuum, soft broom or microfiber mop pad to remove fine dirt and debris that builds up on flooring throughout each day.

Depending on how much traffic your flooring endures, will determine how often you will need to sweep. Your vinyl plank flooring will maintain its natural look and beauty, when you take the time to sweep off the debris that can build up on a daily basis.

For cleaners, we recommend using a vinyl specific, pH neutral cleaner. Most manufacturers will specify a brand of cleaner to use. Stay away from anything that may have waxes, polishes or harsh chemicals.

Be sure to rinse your flooring with water after using a cleaning agent. Fill a bucket with plain water and run your damp mop over your vinyl plank floor.

Maintenance

Shine: Some vinyl plank floors may benefit from a yearly coat of floor polish to protect against wear and tear. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions on brands to use, so you can get the most wear out of your vinyl plank flooring.

Protection: There are things you can do to prevent scuffs and scrapes. This will help you in maintaining your floors and keeping them clean.

It is important to use felt pads on the bottom of chairs and furniture to prevent any scratches and denting. Rugs and entry mats will also help keep down dirt, stones and debris from entering your house.

Keeping your vinyl flooring looking its best requires some (not a lot) of regular maintenance. By following these tips you’ll have beautiful vinyl flooring for years to come.

Have you recently installed vinyl plank flooring? Have any cleaning tips you would like to share? Write us in the comments below!

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187 comments

Jackob Yuosf September 9, 2021 - 11:52 pm

Thank you for providing these info!

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Vanessa September 13, 2021 - 8:40 am

You’re welcome!

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Vivian Black February 7, 2020 - 2:47 pm

You made a great point about cleaning by using a lightweight vacuum or mop pad that can help you remove fine dirt and debris. My husband and I are looking for a luxury vinyl flooring to replace the floors in our living room and front room. We will keep these tips in mind as we search for a professional that can help us best.

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Alana Kane February 8, 2020 - 12:46 am

Great!

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Dawn November 20, 2019 - 10:39 pm

I had a dog with parvo in my house recently and bleach is the only way to kill the parvo virus. Can I use a 1 to 31 ratio of bleach to water on my vinyl plank flooring safely? Will it discolor or damage it in any way? They recommend using 1 oz bleach mixed with 32 oz of water to spray on the floor then wipe it. It must sit for 5 minutes.

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Alana Kane November 25, 2019 - 5:56 pm

Hi Dawn, thanks for the question. Bleach has a very high pH level and can erode the wear layer of vinyl flooring. With the dilution, I do not know how it will affect the flooring. You can try testing a small patch somewhere you do not see the flooring, such as a closet. We don’t recommend this, but if it is the only thing that will work, it’s worth a test.

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Skylar Williams October 7, 2019 - 2:03 pm

Thank you for your tip to shine your vinyl floors at least once a year. I’ve been thinking of installing vinyl floors in my kitchen and I need to find a supplier. I’ll be sure to take care of my floors once I find a supplier to help me with getting my vinyl floors started.

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