Vinyl is a popular and highly durable type of flooring surface that is becoming more common than ever before in today's world.  
In fact, vinyl flooring is one of the most affordable, resilient and long-lasting types of flooring available today. It looks great and resists staining, cracking and is easy to clean.  
Here are a few useful tips and tricks on cleaning vinyl in an effective and affordable way. First, always make full use of doormats wherever possible. 

Grime And Grit Can All Work Like Sandpaper 

This helps to keep chemicals and dirt out of your home and off of floors. As a first line of defense, doormats trap dirt, grit, grime and chemicals before they make their way into the inner sanctum of your home.  
This is an important strategy because dirt, grime and grit can all work like sandpaper to wear down the surface of a vinyl floor.  
Even asphalt that is tracked in from outside can cause a vinyl floor to become dull and yellow. Inexpensive doormats will pay for themselves many times over. 

Always Clean Up Overspray As Quickly As Possible 

Equally important is to ensure that your vinyl floors remain clean at all times. Sweeping with a broom frequently is one of the best ways to maintain a vinyl surface over the long term.  
As with hardwood floors, vinyl floors can become damaged from overspray of hairspray or furniture polish. Always clean up overspray as quickly as possible. As an added note, homeowners should get into the habit of using mild cleaning solutions as opposed to harsh toxic chemicals.  
This not only protects a floor but also helps to make a house healthier and greener or environmentally friendlier. 

Follow The Manufacturer's Recommendations And Instructions 

Even something as simple as mopping with warm water can help to keep a vinyl surface looking great. When using a commercial cleaner it is best to use products that are made specifically for no wax floors.  
Follow the manufacturer's recommendations and instructions when using commercial cleaners. In addition, when using these types of products always perform a thorough rinse after cleaning. Soap scum and cleaning solution residue can leave film and can cause vinyl flooring to become sticky and dull.  
When mopping do not use too much water as excessive water can seep into the seams and edges of a vinyl surface causing damage. 

Fit Appliances And Furniture With Floor Protectors 

Finally, furniture and large appliances can cause damage to vinyl floors. When possible, configure your furniture and bigger appliances with foot protectors.  
This will reduce the imprinting of heavy items into vinyl. Once vinyl has become dented or imprinted it is difficult to repair. Best of all, it is easy and inexpensive to fit appliances and furniture with floor protectors.  
These items are readily available in most hardware stores and home improvement centers. Consider these simple yet very useful tips and tricks for protecting your valued vinyl floors. 

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