Keep Your Vinyl Floors Looking Fresh And Fade-Free With These Helpful Tips

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How you’re mopping your floors could be contributing to the damage to the vinyl, even if you’re careful and thorough during the process. First, know what types of cleaning agents you should avoid using on vinyl floors. Most often, you should not use bleach-based products. You should also avoid any type of ammonia-based cleaning product. Both will break down the exterior finish of the vinyl floors, causing dullness and creating areas of potential damage to the material itself. Additionally, avoid using any type of scrubber or abrasive material (this is not where you want to pull out the old-school cleanser or scouring pad).

Why is that? While many of today’s vinyl products are waterproof or water-resistant, they are still impacted by the pH in the water you use to clean them. The pH level of water is a measurement of how acidic or alkaline the water is, with distilled water being considered a neutral product. If the water is too acidic, which is generally below five, or too alkaline, which is above nine, it can cause damage to the adhesive on the surface of the floor. It also may distort the shape and may cause a dulling of the material. While the water is important, so are the cleaning agents you put into it, which can shift the overall pH level too.

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