Commercial Cleaning Vinyl Floor

Vinyl flooring is simply one of the most popular choices available for flooring when it comes to kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms and entry ways. The relatively inexpensive nature of the floor as well as its durability make it stand out from other floor choices. With the proper care and cleaning with commercial products, a vinyl floor will last for years to come, and may be just as attractive as tile or hardwood.

It is important to sweep or vacuum the floor on a regular basis. It is a good idea to clean vinyl floors once a week for each person that lives in the home. Therefore, a family of four should sweep or vacuum four times a week. This will prevent the build up of dirt and other material that may mar the shine and surface of the floor.

Spills should be wiped up immediately and cleaned with a mild cleanser. The floor should be mopped or wiped up on a regular basis. There are commercially available cleansers that are specially designed for cleaning vinyl floors. These are designed not only to clean, but to protect the flooring. How often the floor is moped or wiped up is entirely dependent on how many people live in the home and how quickly it gets dirty. Remember that regular mopping prevents damage.

Once the floor has been mopped using a commercial cleaner, it is important to rinse the floor with clean, cool water. The chemicals in commercial cleansers can sometimes build up and eventually lead to a dulling of the finish. To avoid this, it is best to simply rinse the floor each time it is mopped.

It is also possible, and in some cases recommended, to use a commercial polisher or protector. These items will seal and protect the vinyl floor and ensure the glossy shine remains intact for as long as possible. It is important to note that not all products will work on all floors, so be sure to thoroughly read the manufacturer’s recommendations before using a commercially available polisher or a protector. Using the wrong one may have the opposite effect and you may end up with a dull and drab looking floor.

Many homeowners choose to ‘strip’ their vinyl floors once or twice a year. Commercially available strippers are used to remove the build up of soap, oil and other residues that can dull the flooring. Once done, returning to a normal cleaning schedule will allow the bright and shinny surface to shine through.

As a final option, it is sometimes possible to refinish vinyl floors. This option is rarely used and is only appropriate in cases where exceptionally high wear has occurred in relatively small area. Commercial products are used to ‘fill in’ the worn areas and return the shine of the original floor. To avoid potential damage, consider using felt pads under all chair and table legs.

Vinyl flooring is a durable and attractive option for many homes. Simple maintenance of the floor, along with commercially available cleaning products and polishers, will keep the floor looking beautiful for a decade or more.

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