Polishing Vinyl Flooring

A gray vinyl floor with square pattern.
  • 2-4 hours
  • Beginner
  • 60-100
What You'll Need
Vinyl stripping solution
Vinyl refinisher
Felt pads

Vinyl flooring may be the most resilient kind of flooring, but that doesn't mean you shouldn’t give your vinyl floors a little TLC every now and then. Vinyl floors are extremely durable and can be renewed to an almost brand new state with just a little polish and some elbow grease.

Initial Prepping

It’s very important to sweep your vinyl floors before you start polishing. Be very careful to remove as much dirt, dust or lint as possible.

Removing Stubborn Stains

If there are stains on your vinyl flooring that you cannot remove by simply sweeping, don’t worry. With a detergent solution, mop the entire area that you wish to polish and concentrate on those deep-seated stains. To make the detergent solution, simply dilute any mild detergent with water. After you’re done mopping; rinse off the detergent solution by mopping the entire area this time using only water. This will prevent any sticky residue from forming on the surface of your vinyl floor. This residue will only make dirt easily stick to it.

Stripping of the Vinyl Flooring

Stripping your vinyl will allow you to remove the build-up of dirt and cleaning residues that are hiding underneath your floor. To do this, you will need to use a stripping solution that comes with the installation of your vinyl flooring. Pour the stripping solution over your vinyl flooring, spread around with the use of a rag and let the solution set for 15 minutes. When you’re done waiting; start scrubbing vigorously with a nylon brush until you’re satisfied with the results. Rinse off the stripping solution with water.

If you run out of stripping solution, you can always purchase more from your vinyl manufacturer. You should not strip your vinyl floor more than twice in any given year.

Applying a Refinisher

Unless your vinyl flooring has been severely worn out and scratched, refrain from using a refinisher. Vinyl refinishers will seal up a tear on your vinyl floor and bring back luster and shine. However, refinishers should not be used as a polisher.

Protection from Scratches

Vinyl floors may be tough but they are also vulnerable to cuts and tears if sharp objects come in contact with it. To prevent compromising the surface of your vinyl floor, stick felt pads on the base of your furniture legs. This will prevent any scratching when you’re moving a chair or table. Instructing the kids to lift and not drag also helps to preserve your vinyl flooring.