Frequently Asked Questions

VINYL FLOORS

Cleaning vinyl floors

Remove dust and grit particles frequently with light dusting or vacuuming. When dusting does not remove dirt, mop the floor with clean warm water. Rinse the floor thoroughly with fresh water. If water alone does not clean the surface, use cleaning products recommended by the manufacturer of the flooring. Flooring manufacturers' recommendations for particular cleaning products vary. If you are unable to determine the manufacturer's recommendations, use one tablespoon liquid dish washing detergent to one quart of water. Another alternative is to use one tablespoon ammonia and one quart warm water. Make sure you rinse the surface to avoid leaving behind a film. To bring back the shine of a no-wax floor, buff the floor with a mechanical buffer or soft wool cloth. If you use a commercial product, make sure the floor manufacturer recommends the product and that the product label indicates "self-cleaning" meaning you will not get an accumulation of wax on your floor.

Removing wax from floors

After removing the wax, you may want to use floor cleaning products that do not accumulate on the floor. If the brand of wax presently on the floor is known, check the label of the container for recommendations for removal. If the brand of wax is unknown, you can try the following procedure: mix together 3/4 cup dry detergent, 1/3 cup household ammonia, and one gallon of very warm water. Apply the cleaner on a small area of the floor. Let the cleaner stand on the floor for three to five minutes. Then rub the floor with a coarse-textured cloth or a natural bristle scrub brush. Rinse with clear warm water. Go to the next area of the floor, until all the floor is clean. If a heavy wax coating does not come off the first time, use the treatment again. You can also buy commercial wax removers. Make sure they are recommended by the manufacturer of your flooring and follow the directions on the label.