Installing vinyl flooring with a flooring contractor is one of the most extraordinary things you can do to make your home beautiful and durable. A new floor is exciting, and maintaining it is essential. Your vinyl floor will stay looking brand new and last longer if you maintain it correctly. The best advice for maintaining vinyl flooring is to never drag heavy furniture across it. Use furniture pads to guard against dents and scratches, and never use any harsh or abrasive cleaners or tools on it. Keep reading for the best vinyl flooring maintenance tips.

Tips for Maintaining Vinyl 


Our first vinyl flooring maintenance tip is to use doormats and require that everyone remove their shoes before entering your home. You’ll prevent mud, chemicals, dust, sand, and other unwanted grime from being dragged inside and damaging your floor. When you ban shoes, and use a doormat, less cleaning is needed and there is less wear on your vinyl.  

Minimal Cleaning

Frequent, minimal cleaning keeps your vinyl flooring in tip top shape.. Your floors will stay spotless and scratch-free if you conduct regular, light cleaning. Dirt and other particles are tracked in every time you come inside. Stepping onto those particles damages the flooring a tiny bit at a time.

A daily sweep with a soft broom will keep your vinyl looking its best. Clean up all spills as soon as they happen. You can use a mild detergent, but it is not necessary. If you accidentally use a harsh detergent it could damage the floor. Pay attention to the baseboards, corners, and underneath the furniture. We often overlook these areas and let dirt gather, then it damages your floor.

Do Not Use Potent Cleaning Agents

Bleach and abrasive cleansers must not be used on vinyl surfaces. Cleaners with abrasives destroy your floor. Instead, use dish soap, apple cider vinegar, or vinyl floor cleaner.

Use Secure Cleaning Equipment

Be sure to use gentle cleaning materials that won’t scuff or mark your floor. Most mops work just fine, but avoid any sort of “scrubbing” material, including scrub brushes and scouring pads. To make your life as easy as possible, pick up a sponge mop that sprays water. You can clean up spots in a few seconds as they arise. If you prefer to use a cloth to clean your vinyl flooring, stick to cotton.

Is Your Vinyl Flooring Waxed?

You may wax glossy vinyl, similarly to gloss tile. If you have waxed vinyl, be sure to use a detergent that is designed for a waxed floor. If you are looking for something safe and natural, many people choose to use diluted vinegar to clean vinyl flooring. But once again, warm water by itself cleans any surface well, and is always a safe bet.

Don’t Drag Anything Across the Floor

Large pieces of furniture and appliances like refrigerators, cooktops, couches, and love seats leave dents and scratches in flooring if they are dropped or dragged across it. Use furniture cups to slide these heavy items across your vinyl floor easily, and not damage it. If your dining room is vinyl, attach felt pads to the feet of your table, chairs, and any other furniture that contacts the flooring.


Vinyl flooring  is an excellent choice for many homes and rooms. It is durable, easy to maintain, and can be customized to fit any style. Taking proper care of your vinyl flooring is essential to extend its life and keep it looking lovely. Use furniture cups or felt, sweep it every day, and mop with warm water.

Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers is a vinyl floor contractor for bathroom, flooring, cellar, and garage remodeling. Call us for flooring installation services!

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