Home Remedies to Shine a Vinyl Floor

Cleaning and polishing the vinyl floor does not require the use of chemical-based cleaners. In fact, many homeowners are using the same green cleaning recipes used by previous generations for a simpler, effective way to shine the floor.

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A homemade mopping solution made with vinegar brings out the shine on a vinyl floor.

Materials

One of the best solutions for shining a vinyl floor is household white vinegar. Adding baby oil to the vinegar solution removes grime and increases shine, according to the Earth Easy website.

Home Cleaning Recipe

To make a vinyl floor cleaning and shining solution at home, mix together 1 cup of white vinegar, 5 drops of baby oil and 1 gallon of warm water in a large bucket.

Effectiveness

The acidity in white vinegar helps break down any dirt, grime or buildup on the surface of vinyl flooring. This buildup often contributes to vinyl flooring looking dull. A small amount of baby oil acts as a natural floor polish.

Using Cleaning Solution

Mop the floors with the vinegar-based solution. Rinse with clean water to remove any excess solution and reduce the risk of slipping on freshly oiled floors. For heavily soiled floors, mop with a solution of warm water and liquid dish detergent, suggests the Care 2 Healthy Green Living website. Finish by using the vinegar solution to bring out the shine.