If you have vinyl tile as your flooring, you need to spend some extra time getting it clean. This type of tile tends to look dirty quite easily. Dirt hides in the joints between the tiles. Vinyl tile is subject to scuff marks. And what makes it worse is the tile is prone to scratching. Sure, there are many commercial cleaning products that you can buy in the market, but you also need to know how to clean your vinyl tile to effectively use these cleaning products. There is no hurt in trying several cleaning products and just go with what works best for you. Here are the basic things you need to do to clean vinyl tiles.
First off, use a vacuum cleaner to get rid of dust and dirt on your floor tiles. Make sure that you clean the grout lines too. Use a toothbrush to loosen tough dirt in the lines.
Start with the mildest cleaning solution. If that doesn’t get your floors clean increase the power of the solution. A quick mopping with plain water and drying with a towel may be all you need. If that does not leave your floors sparkly clean, you can mix a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid into a gallon of water. Use this cleaning solution and with a rag or mop, wipe your tiles.
Next, mix a tablespoon of ammonia product with water and soap mixture and use this solution to wash your vinyl floors. Leave it for a couple of minutes to allow the solution to loosen up the dirt on the tiles. Start on the corner farthest away from the entry to the door and work your way out of the room. Turn on the fan or open the windows so the ammonia fumes don’t bother you.
Don’t scour the tile with a rough pad. That tends to scratch the tile. Scratches can’t be repaired so the tile will have to be replaced. When moving appliances over tiles place the appliance on a cardboard sheet so the legs don’t rip the tile.
Make sure to rinse off the ammonia, soap, and water solution because it can leave an unsightly residue. Drying the tiles with an old towel helps prevent slips on wet tiles.
If you are not satisfied with the result, your last resort is to use a self-cleaning cleanser that you can buy at your local DIY or home improvement store. Apply the cleaning product using a fresh, damp cloth. Unlike other home products, self-cleaning cleansers do not leave any wax build-up or residue.
Clean your vinyl tile every week and the dirt won’t have a chance to build up. You’ll avoid a major cleaning job.