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Old 09-22-2013, 03:40 PM   #1
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How to clean vinyl floor?

My 2012 International 25' FB has the faux wood vinyl floor. Most of the walking area is covered by rugs, but some gets a bit of foot traffic. The dirt has become ingrained in the vinyl, or at least in the coating. Normal cleaners will not take it up. I assume that I need to strip the Mop n Glow-type product off the vinyl. I would appreciate it if anyone has any ideas on homemade or commercial products that might do the job.

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Old 09-29-2013, 03:31 PM   #2
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We have vinyl floor that is most likely the same. And, it is a bad choice for an RV. It gets dirty very quickly. So far we have found the best way to clean it is by down on your knees with mild soap and water. I have considered removing it and installing hardwood flooring. I know it will be a difficult job, but I can do it. It is just a matter of time before I bite the bullet.

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Old 09-29-2013, 03:36 PM   #3
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Same problem here. Thinking about a different floor option. Not the best flooring choice by Airstream.
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Old 09-29-2013, 07:22 PM   #4
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I think A/S uses this type vinyl because it has a little texture to it...safer than smooth. To get the ingrained dirt out use 409 in one hand, heavy duty scrub brush in the other. Make sure to wipe with clean wet towel to get off the 409...or you can use Once N Done which is probably safer...available at Home Depot or any flooring store...been around forever..safe on all vinyl...highly recommended for vinyl floors...I think it as an Armstrong product.

In between deep cleanings use a Swifter for a quick clean. We had the same problem until we had the trailer at the dealer and decided to have it detailed. We were surprised that they also cleaned the floor...all the embed dirt was gone. We use bound area rugs under the table, entry, and in the hallway during the winter...shoes off during the summer...but the floor still seems to get dirty. We also have a sisal floor mat outside and the factory Airstream floor mat inside the door.

I work in the flooring industry and people are always amazed that their flooring gets dirty and sometimes stains...we forget the fact that we walk on it with dirty feet. Hope this helps. Gene
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Old 09-29-2013, 09:10 PM   #5
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Pinesol, on my hands and knees with a potato brush. Works well....only do it once a season.
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Old 09-29-2013, 09:59 PM   #6
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Armstrong makes a very very good cleaner. Follow it up with their shine keeper! Try the Mr. Clean magic erasers too, they are amazing on ingrained dirt, although they can dull glossy surfaces.


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Old 09-30-2013, 05:38 PM   #7
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We just use a mild cleaner solution ... we use Fabuloso & warm water ... and scrubber sponge .... on our hands and knees...(thank goodness it's a Bambi!) ... Fabuloso leaves it pretty clean and fresh-smelling. The texture in the vinyl catches dirt ... scrub with the "grain" for the best results and wipe up with a clean paper towel or cloth. We do not use wax to avoid a build-up. We wash the floor after every trip, and sometimes wipe it down during a trip if we're in a particularly dusty/dirty location.
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:28 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the information and hints. I bought a gallon container of Zep floor stripper at Home Depot. You mix a small amount of it with hot water. Lots of elbow grease with a plastic scrubber and a scrub brush. The floor looks good now. Won't be using any kind of wax product going forward. Will use your hints to clean. Also I tried a little Murphy Oil Soap which seems to do well.
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O BOY, you people are just not lazy enough. My knees protest after too much up and down. I was wandering through Home Depot one day and saw a bunch of brushes and mops that fit a single handle. Just screw them on and off. The idea of having a scrub brush on the end of a 5 foot handle got my money out. I got a broom base and a tire scrubbing base brush.

1 use an outside wooly mat to scrub off much gravel, grass clippings, etc.
2 shoes off at the door, dropped in a box. Comfy slippers or flip flops inside.
3 vacuum or broom every other day - especially around the door, kitchen.
4 Q&D damp mop once a week(ish). I use long handled scrub brush wrapped in microfiber work cloth.

Major Clean - ( before going to a rally where I'll be judged) or once every six months or so.

Clorox bathroom cleaner with bleach. It will clean anything including burned on coffee in the bottom of a pot - but for gods sake rinse WELL! I spray a small area, then run over it with a moderately wet microfiber work cloth - pushed by the scrub brush on a handle. Pick up, dump in sink, hit remaining dirt with scrub brush, then using a clean barely damp microfiber work cloth, wipe up remaining moisture. Repeat working your way out to the door. When done, have a cold hard cider.

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Fabuloso works great. Put it on and let it sit a minute or two, then wipe off.
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I work in the flooring industry and people are always amazed that their flooring gets dirty and sometimes stains...we forget the fact that we walk on it with dirty feet. Hope this helps. Gene
I believe in the Japanese custom of removing your shoes before coming in the house; or trailer for that matter. Is that rude?
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I believe in the Japanese custom of removing your shoes before coming in the house; or trailer for that matter. Is that rude?
I don't think so. My shoes stay at the front door. Some actually get to come inside, but there are a couple of pair that never make it past the threshold.
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I don't think so. My shoes stay at the front door. Some actually get to come inside, but there are a couple of pair that never make it past the threshold.
Maybe it's a Hoosier thing.
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Hi, we also take our shoes off just inside of the door. Other than a small broom and a small vacuum cleaner I just use a paper towel and/or a scrub sponge with Windex to clean my floor.
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