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Can You Use Mr Clean to Clean Vinyl Floors?

Vinyl floors have a unique finish, and it’s important to only use specific cleaners to avoid damaging them. Mr Clean makes a multi-purpose cleaner that works very well. So, today I will explain if Mr Clean can be used to clean vinyl floors.

As a general rule, Mr Clean multi-surface cleaner can be used to clean vinyl floors. Bleach, ammonia, and acidic cleaners should not be used to clean vinyl floors. Mr Clean Multi-purpose cleaner does not contain bleach, or ammonia, and has an alkaline pH (10.35).

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There are a few different types of vinyl floors, vinyl sheet flooring, vinyl plank flooring, and luxury vinyl flooring. Therefore, it’s also important to know if Mr Clean is safe to use on these. There are also a few different Mr Clean liquid cleaners, so below I will cover if Mr Clean is safe to use for each of the different types of vinyl flooring, and if you can use any of the Mr Clean cleaners on vinyl floors.

Can You Use Mr Clean to Clean Vinyl Floors? (How To)

Cleaning vinyl floors is very simple. But, it’s important to use a method that works well, and one that won’t damage your vinyl floors.

In general, you can use Mr Clean to clean vinyl floors. However, only use Mr Clean Multi-surface cleaner to clean vinyl floors. Cleaners that are not safe to use on vinyl floors contain bleach, and ammonia. Mr Clean multi-surface does not contain any bleach or ammonia.

According to CoverTec, a vinyl flooring manufacturer, there are few things which SHOULD NOT be used on vinyl floors. They are:

  • Acidic cleaners
  • Cleaners with ammonia or bleach
  • Hot water

Mr Clean ticks all of these boxes. It does not contain any ammonia or bleach, and it has an alkaline pH of 10.35. Therefore, provided you use only warm or cold water with Mr Clean it’s perfectly fine to use on vinyl flooring.

The reason you should not use bleach, ammonia, acidic cleaners, or hot water on vinyl floors is they will partly remove the urethane finish. Urethane is also commonly called polyurethane. But, they are the same thing.

Is Mr Clean Safe To Clean Vinyl Flooring?

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Vinyl is a specialist type of plastic that is used for a range of different things. Some cleaners are too harsh for vinyl and will damage them. Mr Clean makes a multi-surface cleaner that is good for different parts of a home, but here’s whether it’s safe to use it on vinyl flooring.

Overall, Mr Clean is safe to clean vinyl flooring. However, the vinyl flooring needs to be finished. Products that are not safe to use on vinyl flooring are bleach, and ammonia. But, Mr Clean does not contain any of these, and is therefore perfectly safe for vinyl floors.

To test your vinyl flooring to see if it is finished, you need to apply a few drops of water to an area of your vinyl flooring that won’t be seen. If it is finished then the water will not soak into your vinyl flooring at all.

However, if it is not finished the water will soak into your vinyl flooring. Provided your vinyl flooring is finished then Mr Clean is fine to use. Otherwise, it should not be used.

Will Mr Clean Disinfect the Vinyl Flooring?

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Any bacteria in the air, and on surfaces will settle on vinyl flooring. It can also accumulate on the soles of your shoes and feet. Disinfecting floors is a good idea to remove any bacteria on your vinyl flooring, so this is whether Mr Clean will disinfect vinyl flooring.

Overall, Mr Clean will disinfect vinyl flooring. However, only the Antibacterial Summer Citrus Mr Clean multi-surface liquid cleaner. The other Mr Clean multi-surface liquids are not antibacterial and therefore will not disinfect vinyl flooring.

To disinfect your vinyl floors using Antibacterial Summer Citrus Mr Clean multi-surface cleaner mix it with water, and mop your vinyl flooring with it. Leave it on the floors so that it remains wet for about 15 minutes. This will ensure it disinfects your vinyl flooring.

If it dries before 15 minutes it will not disinfect your vinyl flooring, and the mop should be wetter when you use it on the floor. Bleach is a commonly used disinfectant for vinyl flooring. But, it is too harsh to use on vinyl flooring.

Can You Use Mr Clean to Clean Vinyl Plank Floors?

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Vinyl plank floors are a special type of vinyl flooring that is much easier to install. If you use cleaners that are too harsh on vinyl plank floors it will remove the urethane finish they have. Here’s a summary of whether Mr Clean can be used to clean vinyl plank floors.

As a general rule, you can use Mr Clean to clean vinyl plank floors. But, only if they are finished. Vinyl plank floors should be tested using a few drops of water to see if they are finished. If they are not finished the drops of water will absorb into your vinyl plank floors after a few minutes.

It’s also important to not mix Mr Clean with hot water, and instead only use clean or warm water. Below is how to clean vinyl plank flooring using Mr Clean.

How To Clean Vinyl Plank Flooring Using Mr Clean

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There are a few different cleaners that work to clean vinyl plank flooring. Mr Clean multi-purpose cleaner works well, and there is also an antibacterial version which will disinfect your floors. But, here’s how to clean vinyl plank flooring using Mr Clean.

In general, mop your vinyl plank flooring using a ratio of ¼ a cup of Mr Clean multi-surface cleaner to 1 gallon (3.8 liters) of water. If you want to also disinfect your vinyl plank floors use Mr Clean antibacterial multi-surface cleaner instead using the same water to cleaner ratio.

The standard method to mop floors should be done using the Mr Clean and water mixture described above. If there are small areas that are dirty such as from food or drink these can be spot cleaned.

This is done using a sponge. Wet a sponge and apply a few drops of Mr Clean to it. Then wipe the dirty area using the sponge.

Can You Use Mr Clean to Clean Luxury Vinyl Tile Floors?

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Luxury vinyl tile floors have a different finish to regular vinyl tile floors and other types of vinyl. Mr Clean is fine to use on many types of vinyl. But, here’s if Mr Clean can be used to clean luxury vinyl tile floors.

As a general rule, you can use Mr Clean to clean luxury vinyl tile floors. Luxury vinyl tile floors have a urethane protective finish. Bleach, and ammonia are not suitable for luxury vinyl tile floors. But, Mr Clean multiple surface cleaner does not contain bleach or ammonia.

The other main things to not use on luxury vinyl tile floors is hot water, and acidic cleaners. Mr Clean is not acidic at all and has an alkaline pH. Therefore, you should mix it with warm water and cold water.

How To Clean Vinyl Luxury Tile Flooring Using Mr Clean

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Mr Clean is reasonably strong on its own and should be mixed with water. There are a few different methods that can be used to clean luxury vinyl tile floors using Mr Clean. Here’s what they are.

In general, mix ¼ of a cup of Mr Clean multi surface cleaner with 1 gallon of water (3.8 liters). Then use this solution to mop your luxury vinyl tile floors. Mr Clean multi-surface cleaner can also be used to spot clean luxury vinyl tile floors, by adding a few drops of it to a wet sponge.

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You can then take the wet sponge and wipe any areas that are visibly dirty. Or, if you spill something on your luxury tile floors.

Can You Use Mr Clean to Clean Vinyl Sheet Floors?

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Vinyl sheet flooring is installed on floors in large pieces, and comes in a range of different patterns and colors. Cleaning vinyl sheet floors need to be cleaned regularly, and there are a range of cleaners that can be used to clean them. This is a summary of whether Mr Clean can be used to clean vinyl sheet floors.

In general, you can use Mr Clean to clean vinyl sheet floors. But, only if the vinyl sheet floors are finished. They need to be tested first using a few drops of water. Mr Clean contains no bleach, or ammonia which will damage vinyl sheet floors. So, it’s perfectly safe to use.

The main thing to be aware of when using Mr Clean is not to use hot water. Hot water will remove some of the urethane finish that vinyl floors have. So, instead use warm or cold water.

How To Clean Vinyl Sheet Flooring Using Mr Clean

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Mr Clean is quite concentrated therefore you only need to use a small amount mixed with water to clean vinyl sheet flooring. The method that Mr Clean recommends to clean floors such as vinyl sheet flooring is outlined below.

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Overall, mix together ¼ of a cup of Mr Clean floor cleaner with 1 gallon of water (3.8 liters) in a bucket and use this to mop your vinyl sheet flooring. Always use warm or cold water, and never use hot water. Mop the floor using any type of wet mop you like.

You can also apply a few drops of Mr Clean to a wet sponge to spot clean vinyl sheet flooring. This method works best for small spills or small amounts of dirt that get on your vinyl floors. Such as, a few drops of drink, or a small amount of food gets on your floor.

In general, Mr Clean can be used to clean vinyl floors. Bleach, and ammonia can not be used on vinyl floors. Mr Clean multi-surface cleaner does not contain bleach or ammonia so is perfectly safe to use. Only use warm or cold water with Mr Clean, and do not use hot water.

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