Homemade Heavy Duty Vinyl Floor Cleaner

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Homemade Heavy Duty Vinyl Floor Cleaner
Vinyl floors are available in various colours, designs and patterns. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Durable and typically easy to care for, vinyl floors will become dirty and dull with constant use. Heavy duty vinyl floor cleaner does not require expensive or toxic chemicals. Instead, make your own homemade heavy duty cleaner that will remove tough, build-up grime, grease and dirt from vinyl floors without breaking your budget.

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White Vinegar

You can toss many commercial cleaning products in the trash and replace them with all-natural white vinegar. To clean and deodoriser vinyl floors, mix equal parts white vinegar with lukewarm water and mop as you normally would. Do not rinse the vinegar off the vinyl and instead let the floor air-dry for several hours. Along with removing build-up dirt and grime, white vinegar will kill any lingering fungus on the floor such as mould and mildew.

Oxygen Bleach

Using millions of tiny oxygenated bubbles, oxygen bleach cleans vinyl like chlorine bleach without the downfalls associated with it. Pour 1 gallon of lukewarm water in a bucket and add 1 cup of oxygen bleach. Mix the bleach and water with a spoon until the oxygen bleach dissolves. Clean the vinyl floors as you normally would. Rinse the floors clean with water to remove the oxygen bleach-mixture residue.

Ammonia

Another option for non-toxic cleaning solution, ammonia will cut through grease and grime to clean the vinyl floors without expensive chemicals. Fill a bucket with 1 qt. of cool water and 1 tbsp of clear ammonia. Using cool water will help reduce the amount of fumes the ammonia gives off when cleaning vinyl floors. Wash the floors as you normally would and rinse with cool water. If you do not rinse the ammonia mixture off the vinyl, a slippery film may remain.

Borax

Cleaning, deodorising and killing fungus, borax is a heavy duty powder that contains natural sodium borate. Pour 1/4 cup of borax in 1 gallon of water and stir until dissolved. Mop the floors in a back-and-forth motion as you normally would to remove dirt, grime and clean the vinyl floors. To remove the gritty residue left behind from the borax-mixture; rinse the vinyl floors with water.

Considerations

Before beginning the deep cleaning process, use a dust mop to remove dust, hair and other debris. Furthermore, use a dust mop on the vinyl floors regularly to keep them looking their best.

When using ammonia, never mix it with bleach or products containing bleach. The fumes the mixture produces are toxic.

Test the cleaning solution on an inconspicuous area of the vinyl and wait 24 hours. If damage or discolouration occurs, discontinue use.

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