Clean vinyl floor properly

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vinyl floors are among the most sought-after floor coverings in the commercial sector and in private homes.

This is not only due to the good price-performance ratio and the favourable possibilities to order online (also remaining stock), but also because of the offered design shelves and the numerous variants and colours for individual interior design.

Thanks to its surface texture, a vinyl floor is easy to clean. Depending on the demands on the floor, dry or damp cleaning and care are recommended.

Which variants are available and what special measures you can take in case of stubborn stains – find out here!

Clean vinyl floor: Dry cleaning with a b0 sin or vacuum cleaner

Small stones, sand or other dirt that sticks to the shoes are quickly carried into the house or into the apartment.

This is all the more true when children and pets live in the household. These dirt particles can scratch the vinyl floor in the long run, which makes the surface dull. This damage in the vinyl floor is difficult to repair.

Remove loose dirt quickly and effectively with a dry mop, a broom or with a vinyl floor vacuum cleaner.

Unlike mop and broom, the vacuum cleaner whirls up less dust particles, which, usually invisible, accumulate daily on the vinyl floor.

For vacuum cleaners there are special brush attachments which glide gently over the floor, so that scratches are avoided. Also vacuum cleaner robots are usually well suited for cleaning vinyl floors.

Clean vinyl floor with the wiper mop
There is usually no need for more: water, wiper mop and some cleaning agent are enough.

Clean vinyl floor: Wet cleaning with the wiper mop

If dirt adheres to the vinyl floor, dry cleaning is no longer sufficient.

Then the floor covering damply should be wiped . To be able to remove the dirt from the floor more easily, add some washing-up liquid or all-purpose cleaner to the cleaning water. Before cleaning, remove all carpets or other floor mats.

Not all cleaning additives are suitable for cleaning the vinyl floor.

You can use all-purpose cleaner, neutral cleaner, or special cleaning agents for vinyl floors, soft soap and certain glass cleaners.

Make sure that the cleaning agent really cleans and leaves no film on the floor.

To avoid this, wipe the floor again with clear water to which you can add a little vinegar (caution, only with full vinyl!), which has a disinfecting effect and prevents streaking.

Do not use cleaners with solvents (some glass and intensive cleaners), which can cause discoloration of the floor covering.

You should also avoid scouring milk or scouring powder, which can damage the surface of the vinyl floor.

If you are using a cleaning agent for the first time, you should test it on an inconspicuous spot or, even better, on a sample piece of your vinyl floor (e.g. residues from the vinyl floor installation).

Wipe the vinyl floor moist. This means that you should definitely wring out the mop and not spend it wet on the floor.

It is important that it no longer drips and that you avoid puddle formation. Even if the vinyl floor is water-repellent, it can swell if water remains in one place for a long period of time during a too humid cleaning (applies only to click vinyl with HDF/MDF carrier).

If you follow this advice, the vinyl floor will be dry in about five minutes.

During and after cleaning, ensure that the room is sufficiently ventilated so that moisture can escape.

Clean vinyl floor with the sponge
If possible, avoid the rough side of the sponge. This can cause fine scratches and gloss differences during cleaning

Cleaning vinyl flooring: measures for stubborn stains

It is not always possible to remove all stains with the clean vinyl floor. Stubborn stains can be treated by applying the cleaning agent undiluted to the stain and allowing it to work for a short time.

If the product is a special cleaner for vinyl floors, refer to the exposure time indicated on the label of the cleaner.

For some stains it may be useful to rub the cleaning agent lightly into the surface with a sponge, while brushes with soft bristles are suitable for structured surfaces.

If you are unsure about the effectiveness of the detergent, test its effect first on a sample piece or in a little visible place.

Especially sponges with a rough surface should be avoided as they can cause irreversible gloss differences or fine scratches

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Alternatively, you can treat the floor covering with a single or multiple disc machine, which is suitable for intensive cleaning.

After a short reaction time of a special cleaner for vinyl floors, the floor is treated with a rotating nylon pad.

Layer deposits and heavy soiling have no chance.

The floor is then wiped damp. This type of intensive cleaning is usually performed by professionals, as the handling of the machines requires some practice.

Clean vinyl floor with a single-disc machine
Cleaning vinyl floors with the single-disc machine is a professional matter.

If you clean the vinyl floor regularly and remove stains as quickly as possible to avoid permanent damage, you will enjoy this robust and durable flooring for a long time.

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