How To Make Vinyl Floors Shine Naturally?

How To Make Vinyl Floors Shine Naturally?

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Vinyl flooring is an excellent choice for high traffic areas. Vinyl flooring is easy to clean and maintain than any traditional floors. Your floor looks like new if you regularly vacuum and mop your floor. Occasional polishing and deep cleaning sparkle your floor. You can naturally shine your surface using some elements.

My friend is vinyl floor user and recently his floor become dull for some reason. He asked me how to make vinyl floors shine naturally without damaging the surface. I suggested to him the below tips to make the vinyl floor shiny.

Why Does Your Vinyl Floor Look Dull?

There are some reasons for the dullness of the vinyl floor. Cleaning is not enough to make your vinyl floor look fresh and shiny. Let’s see some specific reasons:


Dust and grime are the main reasons of vinyl floorings dullness. Dust and grime come from daily household work and shoes are messy. Removing dust and dirt is not enough to make your floor shine. You should deep clean your floor to make it look new.

Food spills:

Food spills are another reason for vinyl flooring dullness. If you don’t clean food spills immediately, they will damage your flooring. Some food spills leave a permanent stain on the surface and after some days floor become fades. Sometimes heat and steam will cause a dark-stained over the floor.

Weathering impact:

If the vinyl subfloor does not seal properly vinyl floor becomes warped in wet weather. Mold and mildew also grow if the subfloor does not seal properly. UV rays and sunlight are also responsible for flooring dullness.


Different types of marks like door marks, shoe marks, pencil marks also scratch surfaces. If the floor is not cleaned properly invisible dust scratches the surface.

Using harsh cleaner:

The vinyl flooring is sensitive to harsh cleaners. If you use harsh cleaner floor will permanently damage. The harsh chemical is also responsible for the dullness of the floor.

Importance tools need to make the vinyl floor shine:

  • Soft-bristled brush
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Baby oil
  • Clean water
  • Clean cloth or sponge

How to make vinyl floors shine naturally?

Choose the right cleaner:

The vinyl surface is enough tough and durable but becomes damaged if not sealed properly. Excess dust, grime, shoe messy, tear and tear damage vinyl floors. Remove such messy using gentle cleaning solutions. You can choose commercial products for cleaning surfaces but make sure this product is specifically made for vinyl floors. Manufacturers recommend some commercial vinyl floor cleaners to make the floor shiny.

Remove wax:

If your floor seal with wax or commercial finish removes those for better cleaning result. If you do not seal your floor skip this step. Clean floor fine dust using a vacuum cleaner without a beater bar. After that use mop for removing the rest of the messy, not require a wet-cleaning floor. Make sure your stripper is safe for vinyl flooring. Spread stripping solution over the floor using a dry cotton mop. Wait for 5 to 10 minutes to dry the coating and then clean with a damp mop.

Clean the floor:

Before polishing the vinyl floor you should properly clean the floor. Remove paper, room plants, toys, and dirt from the floor. Now vacuum the floor to remove fine dust. Care of tights space, a corner area, and under furniture area. If any stain is visible over the floor remove it with a damp mop. If the stain is still visible apply vinegar and water solution over the stain. Prepare a solution with one cup of vinegar and a half bucket of tape water. If your floor requires a deep clean then add a few drops of dishwashing soap to this solution. apply this excellent cleaning solution with a mop. For a sparkling look on your floor make a solution with vinegar, a few drops of baby oil, and water.

Remove different scratches from the vinyl floor by applying rubbing (WD-40)  lubricant. After removing the scratch from the floor clean floor with water and vinegar solution. Remove tough food stains applying baking soda paste. Wait a few minutes to sit paste and then scrub the stain with a bristles brush.

Apply commercial polish:

Sparkle your floor commercial vinyl polishing products. Follow manufacture guidelines for best results. But if you don’t like commercial products use baking soda or vinegar solution with water. This homemade solution is also better for vinyl floors.

Apply baking powder solution:

You can also apply baking powder solution to make your floor sparkle. Make a solution using three tablespoons of baking soda and a half bucket of warm water.

Apply this solution over the stain and wait a few minutes. After that clean floor with clean tape water.

Apply vinegar:

Vinegar is a cleaning solution to remove grime and clean vinyl floor. Prepare a solution with white vinegar, one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing soap, one tablespoon of mineral oil, and one bucket of water. Apply this homemade solution over the floor and wait a few minutes. Now clean the floor with clean water and enjoy a shiny floor.

Household alcohol:

Sometimes experts recommend using household alcohol over the floor. It works excellent without ruining the vinyl surface.


Vinyl flooring is hard and durable but becomes fade for some simple mistakes. But with proper caring, it’s possible to make the floor shiny again. Now you know how to make vinyl floors shine naturally without damaging the surface. It’s suitable for every type of vinyl flooring. So take care of your floor and enjoy sparkle floors.

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