How a vinyl floor is cleaned is very important.
Most spillages and stains will clean off quickly, but some will persist, often becoming dried on the surface and then hard to remove when using just soap and water. A variety of products may be used to deal with these, from peroxide to ice cubes, the latter being used to make some substances – like chewing gum or wax – brittle so they can be scraped up easily. A mixture of water and bicarbonate of soda can also be used to deal with yellow stains that can form from the placing of area rugs on such floors.
However, 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 significant damage to a vinyl floor by scratching it.
Another issue about floor cleaning 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 of all to deal with spillages and stains is to move swiftly to clean them with a wet mop, as this means they are easier to remove in the first instance.
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.
Test the floor in an inconspicuous area before you use a strong chemical on your vinyl floor. An area hidden in a corner or closet will be fine for your test. 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 the stains from the vinyl floor.