Vinyl is extremely easy to keep clean; just damp mopping with a vinyl cleaner and warm water is generally all that is required to maintain it. However, food like fruit juice, wine or tomato sauce can often leave behind stubborn stains on a vinyl floor that can be difficult to remove. If you're patient, however, you can get them up with very little effort and just a little time.
To help remove stubborn stains, follow these tips to ensure success:
1) Test all cleaners or chemicals in an inconspicuous area like a closet to ensure that the cleaner will not discolor or harm the floor.
2) Use white cloths to avoid color bleed when the cloth comes in contact with the cleaning solution.
3) Ventilate the area well and keep any rags soaked in alcohol or lighter fluid away from pilot lights or open flames when cleaning the floor.
4) Avoid abrasive cleaners as these can strip the finish off the vinyl and leave a permanent mark.
5) Wipe up spills and clean stains as soon as they are noticed to avoid having them set in deeper.
With proper care and cleaning, a vinyl floor can last for decades. Remove even the most stubborn stains from your vinyl as soon as you notice them to help keep your floor in the best possible condition.