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This post may contain affiliate links which won’t change your price but will share some commission, you can find our. Good luck Peggy! When I 1st tried it I only used paper towels rather then a mop or spònge and it really didn’t work all that great. Enjoy your clean shiny floor! We were first ones to rent this apt., and there only 2 adults here. Good luck! Baseboards generally cover the edges of flooring, so they will need to be removed before you remove vinyl flooring. It’s labour intensive though – especially the rinsing part. My friends bathroom … i used to know a Karen Watson in Tulsa, Ok are you her? Maybe I used too much? Great idea! Would like to say thanks for sharing. I have tried so many things but this really worked with a little help from a Mr. Clean Eraser. Anyhow- thank you! I will join the growing voice of appreciation about your tip! we use scrubbing bubbles for spot cleaning the carpet, also. Oh, I love posts like this–one that gives a simple solution to a common problem. The floor in our community center always looked disgusting. If you choose to vacuum the floor, make sure you have it on the right setting to remove the beater bar to protect against scratches unless you … Thanks for sharing cleaning tips. I used Scrubbing Bubbles and the amount of dirt that was there had made the floor look dull. This got the floor clean in minutes. Still do not like the floors, but at least now they are clean. It will make your floors really shine and put a protective finish on them. And I did not think of a picture, till all that was gone ! Thank you, thank you, thank you! So I have very similar black & white tile kitchen floor that is probably around 30 years old. Brilliant! (hallway & 2 rooms). Now, it is so pretty, I added my name to the RV Open House at the campground. I believe the last people that lived there didn’t clean it well. If you suspect your vinyl floor has asbestos, but do not want to remove it, it is possible to lay a new floor over the old floor as long as the vinyl is not damaged and will not be disturbed in any way that will release asbestos fibers. Thanks Jennifer, I am so glad it worked for you . Many thanks for sharing. I was ready to strip the church floor until I got to your sight . So glad it worked for you Joan! This guide will teach you how to remove vinyl flooring. I like that you let the cleaning product soak into the crevices before mopping. Who would have thought something I had for my shower could work on my ugly floor!! I cannot thank you enough for sharing this tip! I tried so many non-toxic options, including hot water and vinegar, but nothing was getting the grime off of the floor, especially the white squares. I thought I was going to have to replace it, but now I don’t have too. Blinds and woodwork! Then you’re ready to move on to a wet mop and a cleaning solution. And the other tips – the blinds, especially – are absolutely great. I looked up a lot of solutions to tracked in kitchen grime on vinyl flooring, and this is the only one that worked! Gently pry the trim away little by little. Thanks for this great tip. How to Clean Vinyl Floor Buildup. I spray on vinegar and water and use a mop bucket to rinse, but still wish there was an easier way to clean up the foam. I have used this product in the grimy shower pan (one piece unit) and found it worked amazingly well. I thought I’d have to replace it. Thanks Dona! Thanks Cheryl! Can’t wait to finish and apply the Holloway House Quick Shine to see the final results. P.S. Thank you for sharing this tip. Not sticky and looks new. Thanks for the tip but it did nothing for my vinyl floor. I am going to try this the next time my large floor area needs the crevices and faux grout areas cleaned. Lots of scrubbing required. This is actually the only thing I have tried from the net, that actually worked! You have saved me- Thank You! Good luck selling your house . I’m not sure Dana, but give it a try and see? Thanks Laura! I hate it the wife hates it. I was NOT paid to do this post and I bought my own cans of Scrubbing Bubbles, just wanted to share this awesome tip! I’m SO thrilled to have found your blog with this FABULOUS tip. I have the same problem with my vinyl flooring. Typically, vinyl flooring is perimeter installed, meaning there's no glue or adhesive in the middle of the floor. Two floors down and one to go. It worked like a charm! I mop it all the time and always looked the same. Well i have tried EVERYTHING from Industrail , to vinegar and baking soda ,to hand and knees with Mr eraser ,Javex I tried it all I am going out to buy 22 can of mr bubbles hope it works. I 1st tried Scrubbing Bubbles but not the foam. While I can’t say the floor looks like like new, after all it’s I don’t know how many years old, it definitely is sparkling clean. Yay!! Wipe the clean vinyl tiles with the saturated sponge. Always wipe up spills as soon as possible, and mop frequently with plain water. Wonderful. Thanks a million for posting this. We rent and have been in our apartment for a year. I let it set for several minutes and then used an Ocello scrub sponge….and it all came off! Local store prices may vary from those displayed. We did the floors last night they look amazing almost brand new. You saved my kitchen floor! If it doesn't come off, you will need to use the prybar and hammer to chip at the hardened adhesive. floor in an old mill, vinyl beige tiles with grooves. Did this today on almost the exact same TYPE of floor with the same pattern. The shine is gone and can’t quit sticking to the floor. Anyway, I tried it on a small patch in my kitchen… WOW!!!! Once I was ready to clean the foam. I cannot thank you enough for this amazing tip. Know where else it works awesome? It’s embarrassing. ", Step 5: I spent my weekend working on my 23 year old vinyl strip wood look floor and I cannot stop staring at it. We have a fairly large kitchen, so it took about 3 cans to do the whole thing. and find this kind of thing an enjoyable read. Sheet vinyl “resilient” flooring is so easy to clean that it may never require anything beyond damp mopping with a cleaner intended for vinyl floors. Once again. OMG you are a life saver!! I’m halfway finished with the bathroom, hallway and kitchen and just had to write and THANK YOU for this amazing tip. It should be marbled gray and white but most look almost all dark gray. That’s great Donna, I love hearing that! Cut out the subfloor and linoleum or vinyl flooring as one piece. No scrubbing except the tough spots, super easy. The floor in the middle, was the color of cement. Sorry for the soapbox. I had just recently bought a double pack of Scrubbing Bubbles at the Family Dollar store so tried it right away. I’m so happy this worked for you and now you can just do it the easy way the next time, with out all of the scrubbing and steaming! You can even say that they are a fact of life. Everything I was looking at was much more expensive than I wanted to pay. Good luck Sydney! I found it quiet interesting ,Thank you for posting the great content about Secret Tip- How to Clean Vinyl Floors – Easily!I was looking for something like this. And the other ideas in the comments! Dona. Removing vinyl flooring from your home is great first-time DIY project for homeowners. I actually told him what buy and how to do it. Cleaning vinyl floors is not an overly complicated task. My husbands boots stuck to the floor, my flip flops did the same. Thank you so much for sharing this tip!!! I loved the black and white check pattern, and it has a subtle marble effect on it, that actually even fooled my Mother in Law into thinking that it was the real deal, when we first moved in! I will always keep srubbing bubbles in stock in my cleaning supplies. I’ve been using it for about 20 years on my floor and the answer to your question is, NO, it does’t harm the vinyl floor. I have a before and after pic but can’t figure out how to post it but trust me it is ridiculous the difference. I’ve tried everything as well, and I’m beyond excited to try this! I will definitely be doing this. we’re glad we kept our rules in place. I used SOS pads and magic erasers. I have scrubbed this floor with everything I could think of. So two hours later I Google “how to efficiently clean filthy vinyl floors” and here I am. It just takes a little time, … You have saved my sanity! Then use a wet mop to wipe up the grime. Spent Friday night doing my kitchen floor and then the master bathroom shower. Then you can just un-velcro and wash when done. It will collect dirt. Check with your local recycling center to see if they accept used vinyl flooring. Cutting in narrow strips makes the task more manageable. I’m glad you found it useful! I’ve been searching the internet for some suggestions and came across this post. I used a magic eraser for a little extra muscle and it worked great. But over the years it got harder and harder to keep it clean. Give it a try and see if it works for you. Now that we know what tools and products are safe, it’s time to see how to clean vinyl floors. Use of this site is subject to certain Terms Of Use. var sc_project=11744135; … of the vinyl, and it looked filthy and nasty, as you can see by the photos! I love this I can’t wait to try it the floor looks just like mine . My floor was vinyl. Wow! After reading your blog, I tried the scrubbing bubbles and it picked up everything to my ultimate satisfaction! Thank you Karen! Hi Wayne, No, I would NOT try it on wood!! Thanks for sharing the tips. Makes no sense to sell me a floor with an inadequate cleaner. I hope it works. I did put wax on the floor to make it easier to clean when I did clean it. There have been at least 5 or 6 different ladies from the service that have cleaned it, and each year it got worse, no matter how hard they tried! Also, if you don’t find it, you can ask a question there and many times professionals will answer with free advice! You might want to check out they have lots of tips on those kinds of things over there. I hope it works for you too, always did for me, good luck!! (Now I don’t have to rip up the kitchen floor… got a tip for cleaning carpets? I love the “look” but I’m not sure about the upkeep. Pretty sure it would destroy the factory finish, yes. The next day I just steel wool cleaning pad and ended up with shiny copper penny clean. Stubborn stains may need a little scrubbing with a scrub brush, but it does come off. I’m glad it worked for you too! I am so glad it worked for you, it’s so exciting to finally get it to look good again! Thanks. We’ve been desperate for a solution for grimy old kitchen vinyl, in the house we rent, that regular mopping, even steam cleaning, hasn’t addressed. What a difference! I tried rinsing it 3 times. Enjoy your nice clean floors! A mix of 1 part vinegar to 2 parts warm water can get a linoleum floor clean on a daily or weekly basis. When learning how to remove vinyl flooring, the first step is emptying the room. haha! I have practically put us into bankruptcy buying “vinyl floor cleaners”. I can’t stand it. Awesome Rachel, good luck…with the floors and the rowdy pup , Wonderful! Vacuum it all up with a floor attachment and go back over with a your mop and rinse. I think you’ll be surprised at how great it works!! Maybe I used to much? My floor changed from dark and dirty-looking to like new. I didn’t use any elbow grease either. I like your idea of the Apple Cider Vinegar rinse, it is worth a try. And I also got the Holloway House floor shine suggested above to try to maintain this beautiful clean!!!! var sc_invisible=1; Thanks Anita! Looks great Karen. I was absolutely floored (no pun intended) when I saw how well, and how easily it lifted that grime right up! I hope it works for you the way it did for me! Steps To Clean The Stained Linoleum Floors The steps to clean stained linoleum floors … I usually never go on the net. AMAZING! Our vinyl floors need help also. Getting ready to sell my house, and my vinyl grooved floor looks awesome. I will do the kitchen next, but first I want to make sure the floor isnt sticky like the one gal said above. My body is really sore. Good for you Trish, I hope it takes care of that pesky hairspray , Scrubbing Bubbles also works pretty good on drip pans. ALL WE HAD TO DO WAS SPRAY AND MOP AND OUR FLOORS LOOKED BRAND NEW, Karen, Your floors look marvelous, darling!! Works great on car tires too, but avoid spraying the paint on your car. I rinsed and rinsed and still had product in the mop each time I rinsed. You’re welcome Nancy! I live solo in an RV full time. I inherited some nasty vinyl bathroom floors, and you changed my life. I had no idea until I ready your website. Do u think I could use my steam mop to mop up the scrubbing bubbles, or do u think it would ruin it? How to Remove Vinyl flooring from Concrete TRULY AMAZING!!! I live in a 1936 charming apartment – love my hardwood floors and tile Black & Tan bathroom, however, the linoleum kitchen area, never looks clean…. Sprayed, waited 5 min, wiped with a sponge, and scrubbed with a hard bristle brush to get the crevices and its like NEW! Hi Kathy, I’ve never used this method with a steam cleaner, that was not part of my instructions I’m afraid! It’s like a brand new floor again! Great idea! Please call us at: 1-800-HOME-DEPOT (1-800-466-3337), Please enter in your email address in the following format: Here you can see how disgusting it was! Haha. Laura. Thanks Karen! Thanks Kia, I’m so glad my little tip helped you too!! While it kind of worked initially, this trick resulted vinyl floor coming apart a little. Place the wider end of the prybar where the trim and wall meet. Maybe make a speacl trip??? Hi Karen, Excellent idea! Giving this trick a whirl. Prior to the 1980s, asbestos vinyl sheet flooring was very popular in homes. Once your floor is clean apply something called Quick Shine Multi Surface Floor Finish by Holloway House. I mean, really clean. Thank you so much. Thank you a million times over!!! If you plan to reuse the trim, mark the back of the trim with its location for easier installation later. I really liked this floor in the beginning. It sounds like adding the steam is what caused the issue on the floor. How many times do you rince it? I tried to steam again thinking I needed to rinse the soap off. I just ordered a steam mop for $60. baby shampoo; mild detergents. I will try this for sure! Just used it and the floor hasn’t looked this good in years! Screens! I wish I could think of something extraordinary to say……., OMG!!!! Thanks so much for the tip Debbie:). Thanks…to everyone!! I will do the kitchen next, but first I want to make sure the floor isnt sticky like the one gal said above. the foaming action lifts dirt from carpet as well. I will be trying this. I was sceptical but knew I had nothing to lose. Scrubby Bubbles is AWESOME for cleaning window screens and aluminum blinds too. A light spitz with sccrubbling bubbles restored the desirable patina and now I use that to keep it clean. Yes, give it a try Carol! I’ve tried scrubbing on my hands and knees so this will be great. My floors are disgusting. so this does not harm the finish in any way? You can then use a damp mop to clean your floor. We had a build up of the strangest grey on our floor. 2. Hi Steve, I’m sorry but I have no idea. This was so easy and made them look presentable. This is a very simple and cool idea to keep the vinyl floor clean. Here in Romania we don’t have the Scrubbing Bubbles product, but I think I know a similar one. We cleaned our vinyl floor with some dish soap and a cup of Borax in a bucket of water. The mats can be washed, but they trap particles that can wear down the finish of your … I’m selling my house and the vinyl floors have been the bane of my existence. Thanks! im glad I saw this im going straight to the cleaning aisle and pick up a few these cans. Seriously, I wish I had known about this years ago. Now to the kitchen. 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. I did use a magic eraser sponge to wipe off the cleaner. Talk about timing. Start by getting the rag or washcloth wet and ringing it out. Also, I have tried the Generic version of Scrubbing Bubbles before and that worked too, so if that’s what you have on hand, go ahead and give that a try. We’ve been in our home for close to 9 years, we bought the house new, from the builder, and didn’t have the budget for expensive flooring in the kitchen, like wood or tile. Wow. It really is wonderful! Awesome product. I needed a process to clean some extremely dirty floors. want to cry tears of joy! I am so happy to hear about your success Nancy! So glad I was finally able to get the dirt out of the crevices in our kitchen floor. Now we leave foot prints wherever we walk on it. I will try it on the floor! I didn’t try it on ceramic so I am not sure . Thank you so much! Yay!! Once it's cut, gently lift the strip of vinyl until you encounter resistance from the glue near the perimeter. Thank you for finding the perfect solution. So the best we could do was to get an upgraded vinyl. Visit your local The Home Depot for all the supplies you will need to remove vinyl flooring and for all the latest styles in laminate, wood and other flooring for your home. But a few cans of scrubbing bubbles and adding an extra step of scrubbing the heck out of it with a brush, you would not believe the difference! I am.not a person who posts either but I wanted to validate and share. Could not believe how clean it came . This post has changed my life! Before I just tried not to look! Thoroughly sweep or vacuum your vinyl floors. thanks. For more intensive cleaning, here are a few tips and techniques: 1. It’s my kitchen floor. Perfectly clean !! I live in an older home and the floors (hardwood) was really marred and dull. I’m trying to find a simple yet productive cleaner because the area I have to clean is huge. Remove scuffs with oil or WD-40. If there is still adhesive on the subfloor, use warm water and soap to soak the glue, then wipe away the excess. I didn’t know you can use it on Windows! Clear the Area Use the flat end of the pry bar to chip away at the glue underneath the vinyl. Since the flooring is made up of the natural material it is an environmentally friendly option too. We did the “tough love” route a time or two also. There are many ways to clean your vinyl floor… I doubt that the scrubbing bubbles will get the paint up but the filth I’m anxious to see how well it will clean it up. Your apartment sounds charming . Do you have a tip for painting a linoleum floor, preferably white. I am preparing the house to sell and my past renters did not take care of the newly installed floors. Thank you! Still having the same issue. I AM SOOO EXCITED!! … Continue dampening the sponge with lemon juice and wiping the tiles until you have treated all the tiles. Start in the Middle Then the floor would get more dirty faster after the treatment. Thank you!! Picked up a bit more dirt but doesn’t disinfect. Absolutely love Scrubbing Bubbles. Can you use it on tile floors? Now we won’t have to replace the floor. But, I just learned that Apple cider vinegar is great for cleaning vinyl floors. Wow! Allow the lemon juice to dry on the tiles. And I wonder if the cheaper off brand works the same, I have not tried this product in years. Thank you so much for the super nice comment Beth! We might try Scrubbing Bubbles next time. Thank you so much for this suggestion. I would try mopping it, with water, and NO steam and see if that corrects it.. Other than that I don’t know what to tell you, I can only vouch for the process the way that I did it and wrote about it. Karen, I’m going to try using the Scrubbing Bubbles on my rental property vinyl floors. Some areas offer vinyl recycling. You may want to test it out in a small inconspicuous spot before trying it on the whole floor. He used this an swore by it. I hate cleaning too, but this was pretty cool to see! Use the utility knife to cut straight down the middle of your vinyl floor. Six years of trying to get it clean. Put a coat on and then let dry. Really a great blog with a best thoughts and ideas are shared thanks for sharing such an interesting article. I wonder, though, if the chemical would eat up the vinyl surface, creating pits in the vinyl. I don’t know anything about those steam cleaners. Anyway, back to the floor! Clutter under the bathroom sink became so unbearable today I organized and emptied. No stripping necessary Felix, good luck!! Good luck to you! Woohoo! I would think so given that you can use it on tile in your bathroom but want to be sure!

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