How to Clean Vinyl Floors

Vinyl floors — including Luxury Vinyl Planks (LVP) and Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) — are one of the most low-maintenance types of flooring available. A few simple do’s and don’ts of vinyl floor care will help you keep it looking its best.



Do's

  • Use floor cleaner products that say they are “made for resilient” flooring. For an extra shine, use a polish-and-shine product made especially for vinyl or other resilient materials.

  • Wipe up spills as soon as they happen with a soft, dry cloth. If a spill has already dried, use a made-for-resilient floor cleaner.

  • Do use a welcome mat made of natural, colorfast material. It’s welcoming and will help guard against tracked-in dirt and moisture.

  • Prevent indentations in your vinyl flooring by using felt protectors under furniture legs.

  • When moving appliances or heavy furniture, set a sheet of plywood on the floor and “walk” the item across to prevent scuffs or tears.

Don'ts

  • Don’t let dirt, dust, or sand accumulate. Dry mop or use a damp cloth to pick up grit before it has a chance to get ground in. You can use the wand attachment on your vacuum, but don’t use the beater bar as this can leave permanent marks on vinyl.

  • Avoid harsh or abrasive cleaners, steel wool, kitchen scrubbies, paste wax or solvent-based polishes.

  • To make sure you don’t accidentally void your manufacturer's warranty, don’t forget to review the warranty for any specific instructions about how to clean your vinyl flooring.

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