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. Oh, I love posts like this–one that gives a simple solution to a common problem. Thank you. I might need to stock up on Scrubbing Bubbles!

  2. Scrubby Bubbles is AWESOME for cleaning window screens and aluminum blinds too. Just take them into the shower, give them a good spray, wait five minutes and rinse ! Perfectly clean !! Works great on car tires too, but avoid spraying the paint on your car.


  3. Karen,
    Your floors look marvelous, darling!! I use it on my shower tile and glass door and windows and I love it, as well. I have never used it on lanoleum. Great tip.
    Thank you!

  4. Thank you! Though I hate cleaning, I can’t wait to try!

  5. I use Scrubbing Bubbles on mini-blinds, woodwork, and inside doors. The stuff is great!

  6. Oh my word!! This is amazing! We have a similar problem with ‘textured’ vinyl! And the other ideas in the comments! Screens! Brilliant! Blinds and woodwork! Outstanding! This must be the best cleaning post ever! Thanks…to everyone!! Dona

  7. thank you!! great tip!!!

  8. PS – Not entirely on topic, but: I do love that a parent is making a child “work off” their traffic ticket. So often, parents just shrug it off. But really, it will not only help her be more responsible, but also SAFER, because she’s paid a “price” and she’ll probably be more careful. Sorry for the soapbox.

  9. Thank you thank you thank you !! Our vinyl floors need help also. I too, am at the point of “do we replace them, there MUST be a way to get them truly clean.” You just saved us a bundle!! I also like your parenting idea. We did the “tough love” route a time or two also. Now our grown child says it was the best thing we ever did!

  10. can this be used on “rough textured” tile? Our church kitchen has this and it never seems clean, no matter what we do. thanks.

    our kids were raised on actions have consequences. they are really responsible and hard working adults now. we’re glad we kept our rules in place.

  11. Thanks for the great tip. I will be trying this. My 5 year old linolium floor looks so dingy. :(

  12. Thanks for this great tip. The floors look like new!

  13. I’m trying this because my nasty cheap floor will not come clean! And I wonder if the cheaper off brand works the same, I have not tried this product in years. I’ve cleaned blinds the hard way too, but according to your readers I don’t need to again! THANKS!

  14. Looks great Karen. Do you have a tip for painting a linoleum floor, preferably white. Nowadays it is all so expensive, I would prefer to recycle it but or it is possible, that’s the question.


    • Hi Ellen, I know it can be done! Although I haven’t tried myself. You might want to check out they have lots of tips on those kinds of things over there. Also, if you don’t find it, you can ask a question there and many times professionals will answer with free advice!

    • Thank you so much Karen for the link. I’ll let you know when I’ve had response.

      Hugs and have a nice weekend,

  15. Great idea! I have the same problem with my vinyl flooring. I wonder, though, if the chemical would eat up the vinyl surface, creating pits in the vinyl. Then the floor would get more dirty faster after the treatment.

  16. we use scrubbing bubbles for spot cleaning the carpet, also. the foaming action lifts dirt from carpet as well.


  18. Anonymous says:

    Great idea! I want the black and white flooring in my kitchen but have been hesitating because I knew it would be hard to keep clean. Now I will definitely get it! Thanks.

  19. Hi Karen,
    Excellent idea! Here in Romania we don’t have the Scrubbing Bubbles product, but I think I know a similar one. Brilliant! And the other tips – the blinds, especially – are absolutely great. You are a true Fairy!

  20. Thank you Karen! I am so trying this! I clean my floors all the time, but they sure don’t look like it! Maybe now they will!

  21. I have practically put us into bankruptcy buying “vinyl floor cleaners”. It’s just one bathroom that has it, as we have replaced the other 2 with tile when we moved in, and plan to do this one as well (when finances allows us). But in the meantime, I cannot STAND walking into this bathroom looking at this god awful ugly beige squared vinyl flooring. Thank you so much!!!!! I now have a project 4 tomorrow :)

  22. Leslea Schofield says:

    Can you use it on tile floors? I would think so given that you can use it on tile in your bathroom but want to be sure! Thanks!

  23. I have used this product in the grimy shower pan (one piece unit) and found it worked amazingly well. I will try it on the floor!

  24. I have used this product in the grimy shower pan (one piece unit) and found it worked amazingly well. I will try it on the floor!

  25. I have the same vinyl and I love it! It looks nasty no matter how much I mop it. I will try this for sure!

  26. I use it all over my house for tough cleaning jobs. (like my smooth cook top) I just wish it was not so $$$ as I like to find frugal ways to do everything.

  27. I use it all over my house for tough cleaning jobs. (like my smooth cook top) I just wish it was not so $$$ as I like to find frugal ways to do everything.

  28. been doing this for years, it also works great for cleaning walls, although I never tried it on those painted with flat wall color :-)

  29. I’m so excited about this. going to buy some tomorrow and try it. Thanks for the tip!

  30. I never had a try on these scrubbing bubbles…I only use Bona Tile & Laminate Cleaner in cleaning my floor and tiles…It makes both the everyday cleaning and the cleaning of dirty floors easy.

  31. will it work on rubber tile? It’s my kitchen floor.

  32. Scrubbing Bubbles also works great to get hair spray off your bathroom floor. Use the same method as above and it eats away at the sticky dirty mess!

  33. Thanks I will try this soon!

  34. Is it safe for pets and kids?

  35. Scrubbing Bubbles also works pretty good on drip pans. Mine were the black drip pans and it made them shiny and clean :)

  36. I inherited some nasty vinyl bathroom floors, and you changed my life. Still do not like the floors, but at least now they are clean. Thank you thank you thank you!

  37. Just did my bathroom floor – bought both scrubbing bubbles like the one on your picture and also the one that says foaming (sorry no picture) the foamimg one says that you just need to wipe it clean with no rinsing – used both but the clear winner was the foaming version, complete master bathroom floor done in less than an hour, best tip I have found in a very long time **Thanks**

  38. Wow! I’m SO thrilled to have found your blog with this FABULOUS tip. I moved into a new apartment last October and the owners had just installed new vinyl floors, black and white squares EXACTLY like the ones in your photo.

    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. It was literally driving me crazy!

    I’m halfway finished with the bathroom, hallway and kitchen and just had to write and THANK YOU for this amazing tip.

    San Diego, CA

  39. I just found this blog a couple of nights ago because I was getting feed up with my floors and talking to my husband about replacing them. I actually told him what buy and how to do it. We did the floors last night they look amazing almost brand new. I cannot thank you enough for this amazing tip. Thank You Thank You Thank You

  40. Your tip totally saved my floors in the short sale home we just bought – they were awful TERRIBLE, way worse than just everyday use. 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 did a mop with mop and glow afterwards too to restore some of it’s lost shine. I just posted photos on my blog but I can not thank you enough! First awesome vintage graphics and now you rescue my vinyl, you are magical!!

  41. You have saved my sanity! I combined the Scrubbing Bubbles with a Magic Eraser mop and sponge – miracle combo. Spent Friday night doing my kitchen floor and then the master bathroom shower. Then Saturday I tackled our tile kitchen countertops. No scrubbing except the tough spots, super easy. As a renter, I don’t have the option to replace. It’s the first time in 4 years that everything feels really CLEAN. Thank you : )

  42. Thank you so much for this tip. I am going to try this the next time my large floor area needs the crevices and faux grout areas cleaned. Far too much time spent using sos pads and elbow grease already!

  43. 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! Best thing ever! I been trying to clean my floors like this since I moved in my apartment in may and nothing worked!

  44. I’ve been using this product on everything lately. Know where else it works awesome? The top of the stove. I spray it on at night during our nightly clean up, load the dishwasher than wipe the stove top down with a sponge. They make a kitchen one but I just get the one kind and also use it to clean my bathroom top to bottom. I always get the 2 pack and keep a can in the kitchen and bathroom. Awesome product.

  45. Just tried this on my nasty basement floors in my office and it worked amazing! I used a magic eraser for a little extra muscle and it worked great. I couldn’t believe how much dirt I picked up on that magic eraser. It was pretty gross! Thank you so much!

  46. MaryKay Burnham says:

    Karen, I’m going to try using the Scrubbing Bubbles on my rental property vinyl floors. I am preparing the house to sell and my past renters did not take care of the newly installed floors. They are filthy and i didn’t help by dropping paint splatters in every room. I doubt that the scrubbing bubbles will get the paint up but the filth I’m anxious to see how well it will clean it up. P.S. i used to know a Karen Watson in Tulsa, Ok are you her?

  47. This post has changed my life! I used to just not look down at the floor….now I can again. So freeing! Seriously, I wish I had known about this years ago. Thank you!

  48. Alex Quintana says:

    I usually never go on the net. But I was at my wits end with this floor. I tried many different cleaners. I was ready to strip the church floor until I got to your sight . I did what u said but I waited 2 minutes and a paint scraper(19 years of grime) . The grime came out. Tomorrow I’m going to place a large order of this stuff. Thanks a million!

  49. I hadn’t thought of this, but from looking at all the posts, I’m trying it this weekend! We went our little house and it was built in the late 70’s. There is one little area that just won’t come clean. I can’t wait to clean, for once! LOL! Thank you so much. I’m very glad I came across this site and will return for more tips!

  50. OMG!! I was searching for something to clean the vinyl floors of an old apartment I just moved into. Everything I was looking at was much more expensive than I wanted to pay. I came across this post and decided to read all the post (all were positive). So I went out Friday night and purchased 4 cans of scrubbing bubbles.(hallway & 2 rooms). I never write post, however I need to first thank you for this amazing suggestion and let anyone who needs to clean their vinly floor or remove spots from carpet. Don’t purchase anything other than scrubbing bubbles. My floors look amazing and it also removed a horrible stain on the carpet. I will always keep srubbing bubbles in stock in my cleaning supplies. Again, Thank you so much!

    Happy with Clean Floors in MD!!


  51. I live solo in an RV full time. My vinyl floor looked great on the computer when picked out but I have always thought it looked dirt. There I are slight grooves to make it look like bamboo. I used Scrubbing Bubbles and the amount of dirt that was there had made the floor look dull. Now, it is so pretty, I added my name to the RV Open House at the campground. Thanks do much


  52. Gotta say that this was one fantastic, really works tip. I was at wit’s end trying to get the built up grunge off my linoleum. I thought I’d have to replace it. But the Scrubbing Bubbles actually worked. I let it set for several minutes and then used an Ocello scrub sponge….and it all came off! My floor changed from dark and dirty-looking to like new. Oh, and it smelled good, too, while I was cleaning it! Thank you so much!

  53. Really an useful list of tips. Great to go through it. Would like to say thanks for sharing.

  54. This works great! So glad I was finally able to get the dirt out of the crevices in our kitchen floor. Not sure how you learned that this works, but am sure glad you passed the secret on! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  55. Thank you, thank you! I had just recently bought a double pack of Scrubbing Bubbles at the Family Dollar store so tried it right away. You have saved me- Thank You! Screens and windows next… back to the dollar store too!

  56. Dawn Miears says:

    I tried this today on the vinyl floor in my kitchen! My floor is actually white for the first time since we bought the house! I have tried almost everything and this is the only thing that works! The fact that it is SO easy and quick is a HUGE plus. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for this tip!!

  57. Really a great blog with a best thoughts and ideas are shared thanks for sharing such an interesting article.

  58. You’ve provided some interesting advice there,
    thank you for taking the time to do this. I work as a office cleaner
    and find this kind of thing an enjoyable read.

  59. 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. hopefully you will keep posting such blogs here

  60. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Finally, after years of searching, something that actually worked to clean my textured vinyl floors. The scrubbing bubbles + a magic eraser, and absolutely no elbow grease involved! My floors look as good as they did the day we moved in, almost 10 years ago.

  61. 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.

  62. 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.

  63. 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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