Lifeproof is one of the most popular brands in the world of vinyl flooring and for good reason – their floors are attractive, easy to maintain, and as the name suggests, long-lasting. But to keep these floors looking high-end and serving you well, you must take good care of them.
One way to do this is by cleaning them regularly, and fortunately, cleaning Lifeproof vinyl floors is an easy and inexpensive undertaking.
In this article, we share 6 tips to clean Lifeproof vinyl flooring properly so you can maintain its eye-catching appearance and original sparkle for many years. Let’s start!
How to Clean Lifeproof Vinyl Flooring
1. Wipe Off Spills Immediately
It’s easy to get frustrated when drinks spill on your vinyl flooring, but you really don’t have to. As long as you clean the mess right away, you should be able to retain the floor’s beautiful and majestic look.
The problem occurs when you let the spill sit for days, as by doing so, the spill becomes this pesky stuck-on stain that may require time and expensive equipment to get rid of. Sugary drinks, especially, can be more difficult to clean if left to dry on the floor.
To maintain the pristine vinyl look of your Lifeproof flooring, make sure to wipe any spills off while they are still fresh. And you can simply do this with a sponge or soft piece of cloth.
2. Use the Right Cleanser
A useful rule of thumb in picking vinyl floor cleansers is going for the mildest cleaner possible. Cleansers like vinegar, for instance, are totally harmless and will go a long way in keeping your flooring in good shape.
To make a simple vinegar solution, pour one cup of apple cider vinegar into a cleaning bucket and add about a gallon of warm water. Then mop your floor.
The apple cider vinegar has a high concentration of acid, and will gently clean your vinyl flooring without leaving a residue. This is important, as it helps increase the lifespan of your floor.
And don’t worry about the not-so-pleasant smell of vinegar lingering on the floor. As your floor dries up, the smell of the cleanser will fade away.
If you are looking for a little bit of shine, add a tablespoon of jojoba oil to the solution.
But what if you are not a vinegar person? Don’t fret! You can always buy cleaners designed for vinyl floors.
Using a wax cleanser makes the surface sticky, and as a result, stains, grime, dust, and other elements build up easily. It can also increase the floor’s resistance to cleaning, meaning, you will spend more product and time to get the job done.
3. Get the Right Mop
As with cleansers, the type of mop you use on your Lifeproof vinyl floors can enhance the look of your flooring or kill it completely. That said, it’s imperative that you invest in mops that don’t contain a built-in scrub brush.
A microfiber mop would be the best option for cleaning your vinyl floor. It is soft and will protect the surface from unnecessary scrapes and abrasions.
How about steam mops, you may ask?
Well, steam mops are quite popular these days, for sure, but these are the last thing you want to use on your Lifeproof vinyl flooring if you hope to maintain the elegant appearance of your floor.
A steam mop releases too much moisture and this extra dampness can damage the floor’s lamination. Not just that. The excess heat emitted by the steam can melt the glue that adheres the vinyl to the floor underneath, making it weaker.
4. Scrub Gently
No matter how difficult it may seem to get rid of a stain or dried substances on your Lifeproof vinyl flooring, always resist the urge to scrub too hard.
Sure, you may get the job done quickly, but this much aggressiveness will only take the shine off the floor and if you do it consistently, the vinyl finish will start wearing out.
While at it, never try to remove dried materials off your vinyl floor with a knife or any sharp objects, as this will scar the flooring permanently.
Instead, soak the areas in solutions suitable for the stick-ons and try to remove them with a mop or a soft piece of cloth once the stains have saturated.
5. Rub Away Scuffs Marks
Scuff marks can be worrisome, especially if you just installed your vinyl floor. Fortunately, they are not permanent and you can easily fix them using the following:
- Tennis ball
That’s right! Just roll the ball over the scuff in a circular motion and it will erase the mark in just a few minutes.
- Rubber eraser
If the scuff doesn’t seem to feel the tennis ball vibe, try a rubber eraser. Rub the mark back and forth until it is completely invisible.
- Oil-based solution
Some scuff marks can be too stubborn for a tennis ball or rubber eraser. If that’s the case, you may want to consider an oil-based solution.
Simply wet a soft washcloth with jojoba oil and gently rub the spot until all the marks are gone. Just don’t forget to rinse the area with water and vinegar; it will help remove any residue oil.
If the scuffs will still not come out, this short video shows you more products you could use to remove these marks. Check it out.
6. Rinse Well
If you are using detergent or other vinyl floor cleansers for your cleaning, make sure to rinse properly when mopping. Have a bucket of clean water standby for rinsing the floor’s surface after mopping.
Neglecting this simple step can leave the cleanser stuck on the floor and over time, it can accumulate and start trapping dirt, which can be difficult to clean.
While at it, make sure the floor is completely dry before walking on it. You don’t want dirty footprints drying up and staining the floor after spending hours cleaning it.
How to Guard Your Lifeproof Vinyl Floor Against Dirt
While the above tips will help keep your Lifeproof vinyl floor clean, the best and easiest way to actually clean this type of flooring is to prevent dirt from getting to it in the first place. Here are a few things you could do to achieve this:
1. Use Doormats
Dirt, chemicals, and tiny gravel particles can get trapped on your shoes’ outsoles and find their way onto your vinyl flooring, which can be damaging to the floor.
Over time, these objects will not only cause yellowing of the floor but due to their abrasive nature, they may also cause the floor to get scratches.
You can solve this problem by having a doormat and wiping your shoes on it before entering your house. If you can take them off, even better; it will keep the floor clean, longer and further minimize the chances of scratching it.
2. Sweep Daily
Make a habit of cleaning up dirt as it comes, because if you leave it to accumulate on your vinyl floor, it may end up sticking onto the floor as people step on it. Sweep your floor every day to prevent elements from building up and robbing it of its sheen.
Use a vacuum, broom, or dry mop to remove everyday dirt and debris, and avoid beater bars at all costs. While beater bars are great for collecting dirt, they are not vinyl flooring-friendly as they scrub the floor too harshly. Use soft attachments only.
3. Place Throw Rugs in High Traffic Spots
Areas that have high foot traffic tend to get dirty quickly, meaning, you will need to mop them more frequently to keep them clean.
If you are like most homeowners, you certainly don’t want to spend all your weekends cleaning your vinyl floor, and this is where throw rugs come in.
Strategically placing them in areas of high foot traffic like near the sink where you stand when doing the dishes can help ensure your floor stays clean at all times. This extra padding also helps improve the durability of your floor.
4. Use Furniture Pads
Heavy furniture can cause dents and scratches on your Lifeproof vinyl floor, which is why it is always a good idea to have foam pads under the furniture feet.
It is also important that you avoid dragging furniture on the floor when moving it across the room, as this can leave scuff marks that can be difficult to clean. Simply lift the furniture or use a sheet of plywood in such instances.
While Lifeproof vinyl floorings are already built to stand the test of time, regular cleaning helps them serve their purpose even better.
If you recently installed a Lifeproof vinyl floor in your home, follow these tips to keep it clean and fresh:
- Get rid of spills as soon as they occur
- Use the right mop and cleaner
- Remove scuffs
- Scrub the floor gently and rinse well
- Prevent the floor from getting dirty in the first place
Still got questions on how to clean Lifeproof vinyl flooring? Leave us a comment below.