“Step 1: Sweep often
Your plank vinyl floors will keep their appearance longer if you regularly sweep them. In fact, you can sweep at the end of every day to remove crumbs that have built up from cooking or dust. This doesn’t have to be a long process, just a quick sweep to get rid of particles that could scratch your floors.
Step 2: Vacuum
On a day when you plan to do a deep clean, start by vacuuming. Set your vacuum to “bare floor” or turn off the beater bar. Doing this ensures the vacuum will gently glide over your vinyl flooring. You can also do a thorough sweep before mopping.
Step 3: Get the correct cleaning solution
While simple soap and water is OK for vinyl flooring, using a vinyl floor cleaner designed for the material will help it last longer and keep its beautiful appearance. As such, you should purchase the right cleaner. Many brands manufacture floor cleaners, so just look for a product that indicates it’s safe for use on vinyl. The bottle should say nonabrasive, or carry a similar label. Eco-friendly options are a great choice as well. Remember to check whether the cleaner is a concentrate – if it is, you’ll have to dilute it before use. National Flooring Products recommends using Bona Laminate/Vinyl Flooring Cleaner.
Step 4: Check your mop
Make sure the mop you use is in good shape. The sponge should still have its rectangular form and look clean. If you purchase a new sponge for your mop, rinse it thoroughly before use. A dirty sponge can also be cleaned or replaced.
Step 5: Mop
Mop as you normally would using your cleaning solution. Make sure you don’t dump too much liquid on the floor by wringing out the sponge first. Avoid scrubbing too hard to prevent damage.
Step 6: Rinse and dry
Depending on which cleaning solution you use, you may or may not need this step. You can leave some vinyl-safe cleaners on the floor to air dry, while others will instruct you to rinse the floor first. Make sure to read the instructions on your cleaner before reaching this step.”