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.

  4. OMG you are a life saver!! want to cry tears of joy! My kitchen floor is white vinyl and I mop and its like I have not moppend in years. I could not find anything that would clean it and ive tried amonia and clorox, but they did not compare to the scrubbing bubbles!! Who would have thought something I had for my shower could work on my ugly floor!! Thank you so much for this tip you saved my life!!

  5. Thank you so very much. My tile is white throughout the house. I love scrubbing bubbles for the bathroom and have used it on the bathroom floor to clean up hair spray residual which works perfectly and effortlessly. Not sure why I never thought to use it on my most traveled areas of vinyl tile for dirt/grime pick up…duh! Mind you I’ve tried many things….vinegar and baking soda…best thing I found to disinfect and clean with pets; apple cider vinegar and baking soda…did a smidge better job, but still not to my satisfaction. Picked up a bit more dirt but doesn’t disinfect. The traveled path was still evident, not filthy, but cloudy in the right light. Shade darker than the surrounding tile. After reading your blog, I tried the scrubbing bubbles and it picked up everything to my ultimate satisfaction! 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. Thank you for clearing my blonde moment :)

    • Karen Watson says:

      No problem Stacy! Enjoy your nice clean floors!

      • Well i have tried EVERYTHING from Industrail , to vinegar and baking soda ,to hand and knees with Mr eraser ,Javex I tried it all I am going out to buy 22 can of mr bubbles hope it works.

        • Karen Watson says:

          Good luck Peggy! I think you’ll be surprised at how great it works!! And you don’t need 22 cans, probably 2 or 3 will be fine even if your floor is large.

          • cindy anderson says:

            Thanks for the great tip. I’ve tried scrubbing on my hands and knees so this will be great. Once your floor is clean apply something called Quick Shine Multi Surface Floor Finish by Holloway House. Use a soft flat mop duster (shaped like a Swiffer) to apply. Then you can just un-velcro and wash when done. Put a coat on and then let dry. I usually apply a couple of coats. You need to put on carefully so it doesn’t streak. Let it dry completely before walking on it. (About a hour). I use this on my hardwood too. It will make your floors really shine and put a protective finish on them. I live in an older home and the floors (hardwood) was really marred and dull. This really changed the way they look. People are always asking me how I keep my floors so nice and shiny. This is how. I found this product from an older gentleman that had a cleaning company for years. He used this an swore by it. Give it a try and see if it works for you.

          • Karen Watson says:

            Thanks for the tip Cindy!

  6. I looked up a lot of solutions to tracked in kitchen grime on vinyl flooring, and this is the only one that worked! Thanks a million for posting this.

  7. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’m selling my house and the vinyl floors have been the bane of my existence. This was so easy and made them look presentable. Once again. thank you!

  8. I have the exact same flooring! I will definitely be doing this. Thank you!!

  9. Oh………….my……….gawd!!!! This is the only thing that works! I am sooo tired of one my hands and knees (even with a shark steam mop) to really get these floors shined up. I AM SOOO EXCITED!! It isn’t even dry yet, and here I am posting results!! And I also got the Holloway House floor shine suggested above to try to maintain this beautiful clean!!!!

  10. I have a commercial use and of course the floor is filthy. I did put wax on the floor to make it easier to clean when I did clean it. Not so sure how that worked, but, my question is, will the scrubbing bubbles take the wax off also? Thanks for your response.

    • Hi Steve, I’m sorry but I have no idea. I’ve never had a waxed floor so I’ve not had the opportunity to test that out. You may want to test it out in a small inconspicuous spot before trying it on the whole floor.

  11. Anyone know if this is safe for pets once the floor is dry?

  12. Beth Hinson says:

    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..

    • Yay!! Thank you so much for the super nice comment Beth! I’m so happy this worked for you and now you can just do it the easy way the next time, with out all of the scrubbing and steaming! Enjoy your clean shiny floor!

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