The Education Centre: How to Maintain Vinyl Flooring?

Vinyl is a hard-wearing, long-lasting, waterproof floor that is easy to clean and does not require large amounts of maintenance, making it very useful in kitchens, bathrooms and in commercial premises. However, it is not indestructible and it is important that the correct measures are taken to keep the product in good condition.

How to Remove Stains from Vinyl Flooring

Most of the time a vinyl floor can be maintained with a cleaner designed to be used on vinyl floors, but there may be times when you need something a little stronger to get the tough stains out.

Bleach is a good cleaner for tough stains such as tomato juice, fruit juices and wine. Dilute the bleach with water in a ratio of one part bleach to four parts water. To remove the stain, soak a rag with the bleach mixture and lay it over the stain. It may have to stand for at least an hour to completely remove it.

Alcohol is another solvent that can be used to treat tough stains on your vinyl floor. Use caution, Alcohol is flammable and could pose a risk if the rags are not disposed of properly.

Oxalic Acid is a good cleaner for rust stains on your vinyl flooring. You can usually find it in paint stores labelled as wood bleach. Lay a rag soaked with oxalic acid over the stain for a few minutes to remove it. Repeat as necessary and thoroughly rinse the floor when finished to remove the stain.

Remember to test the floor in an inconspicuous area before you use any strong chemical on your vinyl floor. Test the rags you are using too. Some of the strong chemicals may bleed dye out of the rags. It is always best to use a plain white rag without any dye to clean stains from your vinyl floor.

It is important to avoid certain materials and substances when cleaning a vinyl floor. Scouring powder and brillo pads should both be avoided as these can cause scratches. Another point to be aware of with vinyl floor, is that it should not be scrubbed for at least five days after it has been laid down, in order to allow proper curing.

The best way to deal with all spillages is to move swiftly and clean them with a wet mop before they can stain the vinyl floor.

Maintaining your Vinyl Floor

If dust is allowed to build up it can cause scratches to the vinyl flooring surface. It’s easy to get rid of dust by using a mop or brush to sweep it away, but there are steps that can be taken to stop the dust getting in to begin with. A floor mat by the door to wipe shoes on can stop grit and sand - the most abrasive sort of dust - being walked into the room.

Another problem that can occur with a vinyl floor is bubbling when air from below rises up and is trapped. This can be easily solved by lancing with a pin and then using an iron to flatten the area and seal up the small incision.

One of the great things about vinyl flooring is that when there is no problem with using plenty of water to keep it clean. Materials such as wood, cork or bamboo will be limited by how much they can soak up because of the problems such as swelling and expansion, but the same is not true of vinyl floors thanks to their water resistant surface.