Get Vinyl Floors Squeaky Clean With A Popular Kitchen Item

Vinyl flooring is wonderful for busy, active households, but sometimes it can be almost too wonderful. The durable floor covering is made to withstand the rush of a lot of shoes clattering across it or things dropped on it and hastily wiped up. It frequently comes in designs that mask a multitude of messes or stains. Perhaps you even selected the right color of vinyl flooring for those high traffic areas (just like you selected the right color hardwood for your home, maybe in your less-chaotic living room or bedroom). Unfortunately, those sloppily sopped-up spills or moderately muddy shoes also have a tendency to leave the vinyl floor grimy and sticky because your wonderful vinyl floor is easily overlooked and doesn't get the attention that it should. Slosh a juice box or two, and before long, you'll be walking on something that's far from spotless. What you need is a popular kitchen item to get those vinyl floors squeaky clean, and a tiny bit of ordinary dish soap might do the trick, but be careful not to use too much; extra soap can make vinyl floors slippery and sticky if the soap residue builds up or there is inadequate rinsing.

The key is to find the formula that works best for you and your vinyl floors. After all, if the goal is to get floors so immaculate that they squeak, you'll need to experiment a little to see what works best on your own flooring.

A bit of dish soap cleans vinyl floors until they squeak

The solution to getting vinyl floors squeaky clean is using an ordinary household cleaning product, and you probably have the item next to your kitchen sink (or under it). You can easily mix up this concoction on your own for jobs as small as a powder room or as large as an eat-in kitchen.

All you need to clean your vinyl floors is a bucket, mop, hot water, and Dawn dish soap. For most cleaning jobs, add 3 to 5 gallons of hot water to a bucket and just add a couple of drops of blue Dawn dish soap. If you have greasy floors, fill the bucket with hot water, add a cup of white vinegar, and a few drops of the dish soap.

Using dish soap on vinyl floors might cause you to hesitate. It seems like a pretty sudsy choice at first glance. But dish soap plays a very important role in getting floors (and other surfaces) squeaky clean. The dish soap is a detergent, but more importantly, it's a surfactant, which in the simplest terms, is a compound that releases surface tension of water and attracts other substances to the water, such as dirt or grease or stain molecules. Mop your floor clean, then get a second bucket of plain, hot water and mop the floor again to rinse it. Let it dry, and you'll have a squeaky clean vinyl floor again!