Dear Newly-Made-Friend — TRIED AND TRUE — I have one of those vinyl floors, washed or not, looks exactly the same — SOOOOOOOOO GLAD I ran across your post about the Scrubbing Bubbles — I washed, rinsed and let my floor dry in sections — the difference between the washed and unwashed was ridiculously unbelievable — my floor has NEVER looked that clean — THANK YOU SO MUCH for the tip! and find this kind of thing an enjoyable read. But why is this? I am so glad, I hope you have sparkling clean floors soon!! The grime came out. Awesome product. Thanks for the tip! You can remove stains from acidic substances like fruit juice, ketchup, tomato sauce or wine with a paste of baking soda and water. Please keep in mind I have only ever tried this on Vinyl Floor, so I can’t comment if it would work on other types of flooring, and it may not be appropriate on other types of flooring. Thanks for sharing cleaning tips. Overkill can damage the material you’re trying to clean. Your apartment sounds charming . Quick, cheap, easy! Much like cleaning your tile floors, vinyl requires a few steps to ensure the most thorough cleansing. I will do the kitchen next, but first I want to make sure the floor isnt sticky like the one gal said above. Looks great Karen. Hi Ellen, I know it can be done! Once you have all of your supplies ready, just follow these steps: Thoroughly sweep or vacuum your vinyl floors. Our church kitchen has this and it never seems clean, no matter what we do. I used Scrubbing Bubbles and the amount of dirt that was there had made the floor look dull. My kitchen floor is white vinyl and I mop and its like I have not moppend in years. The scrubbing bubbles + a magic eraser, and absolutely no elbow grease involved! Thanks for the great tip. Here’s my step daughter, (aka Cinderella,) moping the floor. If you choose to vacuum the floor, make sure you have it on the right setting to remove the beater bar to protect against scratches unless you have a vacuum with a specific setting for bare floors. Use an old toothbrush to clean hard-to-reach spots on your vinyl floor. That is wonderful Lana!! The acid in apple cider vinegar cleans floors gently without leaving a residue. It should keep your floor shining for at least a year with only routine damp mopping. I actually told him what buy and how to do it. Apple cider vinegar can be used for many things. THANKS! My vinyl floor looked great on the computer when picked out but I have always thought it looked dirt. I will do the kitchen next, but first I want to make sure the floor isnt sticky like the one gal said above. Laura. Oh, I love posts like this–one that gives a simple solution to a common problem. This is the only thing that works! The water was nearly black and left a black stain in the sink that I can’t get out with repeated uses of scouring powder/Comet. My wife has been looking into some vinyl floors for the kitchen but wasn’t sure if she could maintain it well. How to clean vinyl flooring. Tip 1: Vinegar Is a Vinyl Floor’s Best Friend. Always vacuum or dry mop the floor to remove surface dirt, dust, and hair before moving on to wet cleaning; make sure you get under furniture, in corners, and along baseboards. For stains that are particularly resistant, sprinkle baking soda over the vinegar to help take the yellow hue out of the floors. Thanks Kay! Anyone know if this is safe for pets once the floor is dry? TRULY AMAZING!!! When it comes to cleaning vinyl flooring, you can’t go wrong with plain water and a sponge mop! I have been working so hard at getting hairspray off my floor and I’m definitely getting scrubbin bubbles now that I read this. I wonder, though, if the chemical would eat up the vinyl surface, creating pits in the vinyl. Screens and windows next… back to the dollar store too! Once again. A micro-fiber mop picks up all the dirt that a sponge mop leaves behind. want to cry tears of joy! Vinyl kitchen flooring is probably one of the easiest floors to clean. There are trains behind us, so it might be that, I just know it was impossible to clean. I am going to try this the next time my large floor area needs the crevices and faux grout areas cleaned. Vacuum or sweep first. Pretty sure it would destroy the factory finish, yes. I was at wit’s end trying to get the built up grunge off my linoleum. Here’s how to clean vinyl floors made with no-wax vinyl: Wash them with a cleaner made specifically for no-wax floors, following the directions on the container. I tried it out on the vinyl tile above and was surprised at how easily it removed the grime! The kitchen floor should really be replaced but that is not going to happen anytime soon. You saved my kitchen floor! I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO CLEAN OUT TEXTURED BATHROOM FLOOR.SOUNDS GREAT! Start by getting the rag or washcloth wet and ringing it out. Thank you, thank you! Pour the mixture into a spray bottle. I have never used it on lanoleum. Repeat this process if necessary. But, I just learned that Apple cider vinegar is great for cleaning vinyl floors. I’ve been searching the internet for some suggestions and came across this post. Get the dirt off before it gets ground in, and your vinyl will last longer. I mop, but the grime never comes off. April 25, 2017 at 9:43 am. I found it quiet interesting ,Thank you for posting the great content about Secret Tip- How to Clean Vinyl Floors – Easily!I was looking for something like this. I live in a 1936 charming apartment – love my hardwood floors and tile Black & Tan bathroom, however, the linoleum kitchen area, never looks clean…. I’ve tried everything as well, and I’m beyond excited to try this! Mop, then rinse with a damp mop. You have saved me- Thank You! There were two rusting spray cans and a spray bottle of that stuff. This post may contain affiliate links which won’t change your price but will share some commission, you can find our. Really an useful list of tips. Never use a sponge mop to clean ceramic-tile floors. May even warp edges of vinyl planks. I been trying to clean my floors like this since I moved in my apartment in may and nothing worked! Scrubbing bubbles also works great to remove the black soot from your fireplace. What did info wrong?? (like my smooth cook top) I just wish it was not so $$$ as I like to find frugal ways to do everything. I rinsed and rinsed and still had product in the mop each time I rinsed. Thanks Cheryl! I discovered this last year out of sheer frustration at trying everything to get the grime off of a mostly white vinyl floor. For regular, everyday cleaning you can sweep and then mop with a mild detergent or liquid floor cleaner. I think you’ll be surprised at how great it works!! The hoarder in me pays off. OMG! I mop it all the time and always looked the same. Any suggestions? Perfectly clean !! This got the floor clean in minutes. Good luck all, just try….we all might not be crazy. Graphics Fairy Premium Membership, 5 Rhododendron Images – Beautiful Flowers! The area exactly correlates to the area of the vent. We did the “tough love” route a time or two also. It looks nasty no matter how much I mop it. Water from an overly wet mop will work its way into the cracks, seams, and edges. Working one section at a time, spray the cleaner directly onto your tiles. Wow! It’s important to remember that water isn’t always the best vinyl floor cleaner. Omg I just read this article this morning I went out for me a can to try and tried just 2 tiles by my stove which were the worst and in a matter of 5 seconds it was gone! Want to know what it is? This makes the floor more difficult to clean. It’s my kitchen floor. Oh………….my……….gawd!!!! Haha. Could not believe how clean it came . Armstrong Flooring wants you to enjoy your vinyl floor for many years. And the other ideas in the comments! Again, Thank you so much! This is the first time I have ever felt like the kitchen floor is truly clean. Extreme heat,even very hot mop water is damaging to vinyl. Mop the floor using a bucket of one cup vinegar and ten cups of hot water. Thank u so much:). It works on your hair, doesn’t it? Sick of those pores and due to seizures I can’t use chemicals but I’ll pass this tip along. Hi Alice, I am so glad it worked for you I am sorry that I do not know how or if that is possible with your worn spots as the finish has probably been worn off? can this be used on “rough textured” tile? I used on my floor , great . Continue to wash dirt from the floor until the mop wrings clean. We had a build up of the strangest grey on our floor. Blinds and woodwork! I like the marble effect for the simple reason of NOT showing dirt, BUT, it is hard to get it back to the original gleam. Thanks for sharing . Whether you have linoleum, vinyl, stone, laminate or tile, it is important to know basic cleaning methods. Clean the baking soda off the floor with a vinegar and water solution. Good luck to you! 15 September 2020. Always wipe up spills as soon as possible, and mop frequently with plain water. I thought I’d have to replace it. Rinse with clean, cool water—no matter what the soap label says about not needing rinsing—otherwise you’ll leave a residue on the floor. Sherry. Thanks again! Would like to say thanks for sharing. It looks brand new. Karen, OMG…I hope this let’s me leave a comment as I have never commented on a blog before…People LISTEN to her..I have been in my kitchen for hours..first used my professional steamer..then baking soda and vinegar…water an bleach…yeah,,it was getting the steamer paid and the mop dirty but the floor still l looked gringy and dirty..I went and got my scrubbing bubble out of the bathroom with an aching back and neck from hours of mopping and I’ll be son of a gun..CLEAN…..THANK YOU so much..I was just about in tears as nothing was getting that built in dirt out…but thanks to you all of those dirty spots that nothing was getting up are gone…..WOW.. One o… My husbands boots stuck to the floor, my flip flops did the same. Thanks. There have been at least 5 or 6 different ladies from the service that have cleaned it, and each year it got worse, no matter how hard they tried! As a renter, I don’t have the option to replace. After reading your blog, I tried the scrubbing bubbles and it picked up everything to my ultimate satisfaction! The area that has become discolored is where the warm air blows on it from the HVAC vent that comes out under a cabinet in the corner of the kitchen. Dampen a mop or sponge with the mixture, and rub the floor just enough to loosen the dirt. To clean dirt that the broom or vacuum can’t get, use a mop dampened with warm—not hot—water. The key to keeping any floor in good shape is to keep it … I have before and after pictures that even amaze me after trying your instructions! I am sooo tired of one my hands and knees (even with a shark steam mop) to really get these floors shined up. Not so sure how that worked, but, my question is, will the scrubbing bubbles take the wax off also? So often, parents just shrug it off. Vinyl is resistant to both water and stains, and comes in a variety of shapes, colors and patterns. Anyhow- thank you! Let it dry completely before walking on it. Picked up a bit more dirt but doesn’t disinfect. Did I read somewhere that this works on wood floors also? Talk about timing. I have tried for years with many different products, and so have cleaning services, to no avail. Here you can see how disgusting it was! I tried rinsing it 3 times. Brilliant! We just tried Scrubbing Bubbles! been doing this for years, it also works great for cleaning walls, although I never tried it on those painted with flat wall color . I looked up a lot of solutions to tracked in kitchen grime on vinyl flooring, and this is the only one that worked! Just take them into the shower, give them a good spray, wait five minutes and rinse ! Thanks do much. To clean tile and vinyl floors: A cup of ammonia added to 1/2 gallon of water should remedy most scummy old tiles. I’m learning a lot from reading these comments too! Thanks for your response. . Once the iron is heated up lay the wet washcloth over the area you want to clean. … crevices maybe? My floors are disgusting. THANK YOU! Thank you! Thanks so much for the tip Debbie:). I love this I can’t wait to try it the floor looks just like mine . haha! Rebbetzin Gail Griner Golden at Gail-Friends says, I’m so excited about this. A light spitz with sccrubbling bubbles restored the desirable patina and now I use that to keep it clean. Rub the paste on the floor with a soft towel until the stain lifts. Didn’t touch my vynl floor. Maybe I used to much? Ta da! I was NOT paid to do this post and I bought my own cans of Scrubbing Bubbles, just wanted to share this awesome tip! I loved the black and white check pattern, and it has a subtle marble effect on it, that actually even fooled my Mother in Law into thinking that it was the real deal, when we first moved in! Who would have thought something I had for my shower could work on my ugly floor!! These, too, can damage the surface of your tile. For even more cleaning tips check out our 10 tips for cleaning with Salt post HERE…. Thank you! I cannot thank you enough for this amazing tip. Makes no sense to sell me a floor with an inadequate cleaner. So two hours later I Google “how to efficiently clean filthy vinyl floors” and here I am. Thank You Thank You Thank You. Thank you so much for this tip you saved my life!! Apply white distilled vinegar directly onto yellowing linoleum floors for 10 to 15 minutes, and wipe up the vinegar with a sponge or cloth. I did a mop with mop and glow afterwards too to restore some of it’s lost shine. I used SOS pads and magic erasers. So the best we could do was to get an upgraded vinyl. First awesome vintage graphics and now you rescue my vinyl, you are magical!! The weight of heavy items (such as tables and refrigerators) that occupy permanent places in your kitchen can dent vinyl flooring. Maybe make a speacl trip??? It’s a good idea to get in the habit of quickly running a soft broom across the kitchen floor every evening after you put the dishes in the dishwasher. The next day I just steel wool cleaning pad and ended up with shiny copper penny clean. And How to Clean your Oven Naturally HERE. The acidity in the vinegar helps remove dirt and grime without leaving a buildup of soap or wax. This tile is 15 years old and I was beginning to think I was going to have to replace it, but now it looks good as new. Use the same method as above and it eats away at the sticky dirty mess! Add a drop of dish soap for extra cleaning power. I love that you all have tips for even more uses for this stuff! I used the scrubbing bubbles and my God it made a big difference. So glad it worked for you Joan! Thank you so much!!!!! Then Saturday I tackled our tile kitchen countertops. Thanks, Karen! I use it on my shower tile and glass door and windows and I love it, as well. I was ready to strip the church floor until I got to your sight . I AM SOOO EXCITED!! The floor in our community center always looked disgusting. I’m so glad this tip helped! Thank you a million times over!!! I will try it on the floor! thanks. do I have to strip my floors first before doing this? Check out my friend Jessica’s blog over at mom4real, she has amazing cleaning tips and hopefully one for your carpet . We could have made mud pies right there in the kitchen! Thank you so much for sharing this tip!!! Then you can just un-velcro and wash when done. Molly. The bubbles did the job. so this does not harm the finish in any way? Shade darker than the surrounding tile. When I let the bubbles sit the foam turned grey – yuck – but showed it was working. Both durable and amazingly easy to clean, vinyl floors are a popular choice for kitchens and bathrooms alike. PS – Not entirely on topic, but: I do love that a parent is making a child “work off” their traffic ticket. I tried so many non-toxic options, including hot water and vinegar, but nothing was getting the grime off of the floor, especially the white squares. My friends bathroom … Additionally, the solution disinfects the floors and cleans them. I thought hard about throwing it away, it’s old, I never use it but it cost money. I couldn’t believe how much dirt I picked up on that magic eraser. Your idea seems to be the answer of all my questions (at least for now). I’ve tried scrubbing on my hands and knees so this will be great. I want the black and white flooring in my kitchen but have been hesitating because I knew it would be hard to keep clean. They make a kitchen one but I just get the one kind and also use it to clean my bathroom top to bottom. Would you have the black and white floors again or would you pick up something different? I’m sure my other European readers would want to know! But a few cans of scrubbing bubbles and adding an extra step of scrubbing the heck out of it with a brush, you would not believe the difference! I didn’t know you can use it on Windows! Wearing gloves, use a sponge and soft bristle brush for spot-cleaning wherever your mop isn't getting it done. If you have an older floor that requires waxing, wax when it loses its sheen, but use only the amount called for on the container label. I bought a sheet vinyl floor for the bathroom when we built about 10 years ago. Yea, so glad that it worked for you Kathryn!! So I have very similar black & white tile kitchen floor that is probably around 30 years old. I used a magic eraser for a little extra muscle and it worked great. I think it would be too harsh. Enjoy your shiny clean floors! I have the same vinyl and I love it! Thank you so much Karen for the link. Every room mop duster ( shaped like a charm soap may work as a great year order. 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