Tips for Cleaning Resilient Flooring

Resilient flooring, also known as vinyl, continues to grow in popularity due to its fresh look and low cost price tag. Although it requires less maintenance than hardwood or tile flooring, it is important to properly clean your resilient floors on a regular basis. Consistent and proper cleaning will keep your resilient floors looking like new for as long as possible.

Here are our best tips for cleaning your resilient floors:


Simply placing a doormat in your entryway can prevent dirt and chemicals from damaging your resilient floors. You should also adequately pad the bottom of furniture legs, and never drag furniture across the floor when moving it. Instead, lift the furniture or put something underneath it before dragging.

Consistent Cleaning

You should move fast to clean spills on your resilient flooring instead of letting the spill sink in and potentially stain the floor. Once you’ve wiped up the spill, rise the area with water to prevent any residue left behind. Believe it or not, most shoe scuffs can be easily removed with a tennis ball! The more often you practice these cleaning habits, as well as regular sweeping and mopping, the better condition your floors will be in overtime.

Sweep First

Sweeping regularly & especially prior to mopping will pick up any particles that could scratch or damage your resilient floors. Frequent sweeping also prevents dirt and grit from being ground into the floor. You should not use a vacuum with a brush in it to clean your resilient floors.

Use the Proper Cleaning Solution

Certain harsh chemicals can break down the sealant layer on your resilient flooring. Wax free resilient floors should not be cleaned or sealed with wax cleaners. Aside from breaking down the layers of your floor, an improper cleaner will leave them looking dull or coated. To best clean your resilient flooring, use a cleaner specially formulated for the material. If your resilient flooring loses its shine, you can use a sealant specially made for your type of flooring.

Avoid Over Using Water

Although it might be your first instinct that water is a gentle cleanser, oversaturating your vinyl floors can cause water to seep into any miniscule cracks or scratches and eventually damage the adhesive holding your floor down. Hot water can also break down this adhesive layer. While mopping with a warm damp (not drenched) cloth is suitable, avoid steam cleaning your resilient floors.