How to Clean Vinyl Floors

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Cleaning floors is one of the major reasons your residential and commercial customers contract your professional cleaning services.  I’m assuming that you want the best, yet simple and affordable solutions to meeting your clientele’s requests.  Cool!  Here’s how to clean vinyl floors, the short, sweet, and neat tutorial.


This article does not highlight stripping and waxing VCT flooring, (Vinyl Composite Tile).  This post is very specific to “soft” sheet and panel vinyl flooring.   


Today’s vinyl flooring is so luxurious that it could “almost” pass as the real floor it imitates – wood, cement, ceramic, mosaic, etc.  In fact, there is a line of vinyl flooring called Luxury Composite Flooring, lol.  It comes as sheets, planks, or tiles.  Crazy, right?


I mean they’re so gorgeous they can throw any general cleaning maintenance contractor off her game…. almost 😉.


There’s no-wax, uncoated, textured, and more.  They can vary in styles and can be installed as sheets, squares, or planks.  


Because of these varying choices of styles and patterns, it simply means that there is no one way to clean them all.  So, in my explanation here, I’ll keep things simple – an easy approach to routine cleaning vinyl floors for your house and office cleaning customers.


In my best opinion, consult the manufacturer’s recommendations first!  Then, if without success, stick with basic cleaning methods to protect the quality and integrity of the floors.  Got it!  It’s just not worth the effort to “deep” clean vinyl floors if you jack ‘em up. 


Please don’t do this. 😐


I’ve found the best way to clean textured vinyl floors, as well as the other styles, by using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser® Squeeze Mop.  This tool is also best at cleaning vinyl floors with grooves. 


One more thing, and very important, before you decide to “put a little extra effort” into your cleaning routine, make sure you have discussed “a little extra money” from your customers. 


Because, this detail cleaning vinyl floors is above and beyond a routine house cleaning or a general office cleaning.


I’ve been a professional janitorial contractor for 27 years and the best method I have used to clean a “sheet” vinyl floor is with basic cleaning tools and cleaning agents.

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How to clean vinyl floors. magic eraser mop and traditional mop with red stick

Here’s the material you will need to clean vinyl sheet flooring, vinyl tiles, and vinyl planks.

  1. Clean Magic Eraser® Squeeze Mop, (like pictured)
  2. Bucket of warm water
  3. Simple mop on a stick or use what you prefer
  4. Gloves
  5. Broom and dust pan
  6. Cleaning vinegar

Here's how to clean vinyl tile floors

  1. Sweep or vacuum floors
  2. Dip squeeze mop in bucket of water, squeeze tight.
  3. Roll back and forth over a small area at a time.
  4. Then use the small regular cloth mop, dipped in water, wrung of excess water, and mop over the area you just cleaned with the eraser.
  5. Repeat this process until the entire floor is complete.
  6. Since the water will be dirty, give one final rinse over the entire floor with a little vinegar mixed in a bucket of cool water.


That’s it.  But be sure to get approval to do this extra detail cleaning before you do the work – you wanna be sure to get paid for your extra time.

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  1. Ellie Davis says:

    I loved that you mentioned sweeping and vacuuming your vinyl floor will help to keep it in good shape. My husband and I are thinking about remodeling our house, and we are looking for advice to choose the right flooring material. I will let him know about the benefits of vinyl floors to help him decide.

    1. You’re so very welcome. Enjoy.

  2. John Lamendola says:

    We just had our carpet removed and mannington vinyl flooring installed. It was an upgrade beyond describing. It’s an awesome product and has added value to our home.

    1. Stacey Freeman says:

      That’s awesome.

  3. Mary Hughes says:

    I just had a girl clean my house. In my bathroom there is vinyl which now I have a teal dark place all on my bathroom floor. How can I remove this please

    1. Stacey Freeman says:

      Hi Mary, Is it possible to have a local floor specialist to stop by and inspect? It would be be to have someone who can visually assess your damage and correct this issue. Best to you.

    1. Stacey Freeman says:

      Hi Lindiwe, I like your article. Awesome content. I’ll leave the link attached. Thanks so much and take care.

  4. Dovie Acherley says:

    Hello, all this information was very helpful. Thank you very much!

    1. Stacey Freeman says:

      Thank you and you’re welcome.

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