Great tips for how to clean Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring (LVP) – has mop, robot vacuum, and floor cleaner recommendations! These cleaning ideas include the best way to keep up daily and weekly maintenance.
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So many of you found my little blog through this blog post that I originally published a few years ago – who knew how popular it would become? And then, in a move that pretty much fated me to be a mopping blogger 😂, a Tik Tok I made about the results of a new mop I bought went viral in late 2021. As of publish date, we're at over 14 million combined views on two versions of that video! Tik Tok has driven even more people to the blog. Since lots of you are looking for floor cleaning advice on the blog now, I thought it might be time to update this blog post with some of the new methods I'm using to keep my Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring clean!
The flooring in our custom build is something I was a little particular about choosing correctly. We've lived in quite a few homes (with quite a few different types of flooring) over the years, so I've gotten a pretty good idea of what I did and didn't want. I definitely didn't want something that was too glossy (impossible to keep streak-free), too dark (shows every piece of dirt), too light (shows every stain), or that was susceptible to water damage. With a dog and two kids, we needed something incredibly durable and stain-resistant.
When we lived in an apartment after moving to Mississippi, we fell in love with the luxury vinyl plank flooring that was throughout the common areas. It was so durable, water-resistant, barely showed stains/dirt, and had a gorgeous matte finish that was super streak-resistant. LVP was the obvious choice for our home, and as soon as our builder presented me with the Majestic Oak color by Artisan Mills, I fell in love. The color was deep enough to match our color scheme, but not too dark.
We've lived in our house for 4 years now and still absolutely love our flooring. It's soft underfoot and incredibly water-resistant. But, with kids and a dog in the house, there are constantly going to be spills/stains/shedding on the floor, so it's been really important to have a game plan for keeping our LVP clean. I've been using the following method for months now and it's worked fantastically well. Let's see what I've been doing!
How to Clean Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring
I have this robotic vacuum that runs every afternoon at 2pm, on a timer, to keep the pet shedding and dirt to a minimum. I love it – it only requires emptying every few weeks, runs on a timer (so I literally don't even have to think about it), and even shows me specifically where it vacuumed each day in our home via a map in the app. It is really a low-maintenance way to reduce everyday dirt and dust. During my 10 minute clean-up sessions from my cleaning schedule, I also spot clean inevitable spills with e-cloth's Deep Clean Mop. It's great to have around for quick clean-ups and general maintenance. I don't really have a dedicated cleaning task daily for mopping…instead, I just spot clean as needed and try to hit the problem areas during my 10 minute clean-up.
I can typically go over a spot once or twice with this mop (with very little elbow grease) and remove any spots on the floor. If it's a really stubborn spot that won't quite come out with a few scrubs, I've found it effective to put my foot on top of the e-cloth cleaning pad and really press down into the stain. I haven't met a stain yet that didn't come up with that little bit of effort! It uses water (yes, just water!) to clean germs from the floor. With that water, e-cloth has been shown to remove over 99% of bacteria from flooring. And, once I'm through with mopping, I can simply throw the e-cloth fiber pad in the washer.
In my cleaning system, Journey to Clean, I detail the need to vacuum once a week…that's still something I do occasionally, even though my robot vacuum has almost eliminated the need to do it on a consistent basis. On Thursdays, if needed, I usually vacuum the whole house (yes, even the LVP). If I see the need to vacuum on Thursday, I spend 20-30 minutes vacuuming every floor in our home. This is the vacuum I use for those tasks. It's probably the longest any cleaning task takes me during the week, but it's necessary. I'm not huge on sweeping, but I do get underneath cabinets and furniture with a broom first. With any kind of harder flooring, dust has a tendency to settle in those places.
This is where my routine has totally changed lately. Once I'm through vacuuming on Thursdays, I use the OCedar Spin Mop on the hard surfaces in our home, including the tile in our upstairs bathrooms and the LVP that runs throughout our first floor. Unlike the spot cleaning I do throughout the week, I get everywhere possible during this run.
As far as what cleaning formulas I use to clean my floor – that's where it gets a little complicated. 🙂 I've spent months researching the best mopping formulas over on Tik Tok – you can check those videos out for at that link, or click here to see the full results!
(NOTE: many of you are coming here through the Ocedar hack video where I separated clean and dirty water with a cheap bucket. If you need the link to that exact bucket, click here! They're also readily available in Dollar Tree stores.)
Now, let me make a confession: I don't mop the entire house on Thursday floor days. That would take forever. Instead, I have zones I complete every other week. Every week, I mop the common living area (including the kitchen and living room), downstairs hall, mudroom, and laundry room. Those are the areas I've found need it weekly. Every other week, I rotate out: one week I'll mop the dining room, office, and bedroom, and the other I'll mop the bathrooms.
I'm sure this will vary for every house. I recommend not mopping anywhere for a full week to see what gets the most dirty. Those should be the rooms you hit weekly. Then, take the remaining areas and divide them into 2 zones to do bi-weekly.
And that's it! It's not a super complicated method for keeping floors clean, but it's shown to be incredibly effective, especially when you stay on a schedule (hint hint: you can get a free schedule here).
Any other tips or tricks for how to clean luxury vinyl plank? I'd love to hear them – leave a comment and let me know!
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