How to clean a vinyl floor

Remarkably hardwearing and stain resistant, vinyl is a great flooring material for rooms all over the home – including high traffic and spillage-prone areas like the kitchen and the bathroom.

These qualities make it incredibly easy to look after but that’s not to say it doesn’t need a clean every now and then.

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*image shows Rhino Step vinyl

Here are a few tips on how to keep your vinyl floors looking as good as new – just remember to always try a test patch first.


The best way to protect your vinyl flooring is to get the dirt off before it gets ground in. Frequently sweeping will help pick up small stones and pieces of dirt that can scratch the surface and dull the shine.


For dirt that a broom or vacuum cleaner can’t crack, use a mop that is slightly dampened with warm water. Bear in mind that a wet mop can damage vinyl flooring as water can work its way into the seams and edges, weakening the bond that holds it down. Corners can curl and the floor can come loose so always make sure you ring the mop out thoroughly before running it anywhere on your floor.

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*Image shows Olympus vinyl

If your flooring requires more cleaning, opt for the mildest method possible rather than arming yourself with heavy duty cleaners. Use mild soap designed for your flooring and let soapy water sit on the floor for a couple of minutes to loosen the dirt before wiping dry with a clean cloth.


You no longer need to go into panic mode every time you notice a scuff or stain.

Tackle scuffs with an eraser or undiluted washing-up liquid that’s applied with a cloth.

Stains can be made to disappear with cream cleaner or a mixture of water and bicarbonate of soda whipped up into a paste. Please be aware that there are risks to the above methods.

In the majority of cases all vinyl needs is a bit of sweeping and the odd mop with warm water to keep it looking shiny and new!

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