My Secret Tip- How to Clean Vinyl Floors – Easily!

How to Clean Vinyl Floors Easily!
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Well, I have to say this post is a little embarrassing, however this is such a great tip that I just can’t keep it to myself! We’ve been in our home for close to 9 years, we bought the house new, from the builder, and didn’t have the budget for expensive flooring in the kitchen, like wood or tile. So the best we could do was to get an upgraded vinyl. I really liked this floor in the beginning, but over the years it got harder and harder to keep it clean. The dirt was really ground into the… pores? … crevices maybe? … of the vinyl, and it looked filthy and nasty!

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Here you can see how disgusting it was! I have to say that I’m my defense, I have a cleaning service come in and mop my kitchen floor twice a month, and they have done this for years. 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! So it wasn’t just my sad lack of cleaning skills, or at least not in this case! Anyway, one of my girlfriends told me about something that she used on her vinyl floors that worked like a charm. I tried it out on the tile above and was surprised at how easily it removed the grime! Want to know what it is?

Here’s the secret! It’s Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom cleaner!! How crazy is that?!!
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Here’s my step daughter, (aka Cinderella,) moping the floor. Yes, that’s right… I’m part Fairy God Mother.. part Evil Step Mother! haha! Actually my husband made her mop it, in order to work off the cost of a speeding ticket. I added the Pumpkin to the photo just for fun!

Anyway, back to the floor! All we did was spray the Scrubbing Bubbles onto the floor, working on a few sections at a time. Make sure the foam covers the vinyl pretty evenly and wait about a minute, or so,  for it to work it’s magic. Then use a wet mop to wipe up the grime. We have a fairly large kitchen, so it took about 3 cans to do the whole thing. It’s pretty amazing how it just lifts the grime right off of the vinyl! You can really see how much dirt came up, in this photo. We could have made mud pies right there in the kitchen! Yuck!
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Ta da! It’s like a brand new floor again! We actually did this a few months ago and it still looks great, so you wouldn’t have to do this every time you mop, only every now and again if you see a build up of dirt. This flooring has a light marble effect to it, in gray, so what you see on the photo above is not dirt, it’s the marbled pattern.

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I can’t tell you how happy I am with my floor now! I thought I was going to have to replace it, but now I don’t have too.Yay! Let me know if you try this, I think you’ll be surprised at how easy it is!

P.S. I was NOT paid to do this post and I bought my own cans of Scrubbing Bubbles, just wanted to share this awesome tip!

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  1. Hey Karen, I was wondering whether I should get black and white checkered vinyl. I love the “look” but I’m not sure about the upkeep. I have the sample here and the white square already looks smudgy. Would you have the black and white floors again or would you pick up something different? Thank you in advance.

  2. Susan McCarthy says:

    I have the same exact flooring as you do, Karen, and I agree it is hard to get clean. 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. I was even going to get on my hands and knees to hand scrub my floor. Giving this trick a whirl. Thanks.

  3. Carpet & Floor Cleaning Services says:

    This is a very simple and cool idea to keep the vinyl floor clean. Thanks for sharing cleaning tips.

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