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Why You Should Never Use Bleach to Clean Vinyl Floors

It goes without saying that proper care and maintenance is critical to ensuring a long and beautiful life with your flooring. Do your research, read the manufacturer’s recommendations, and understand that different flooring types will have different needs. Using the wrong cleaners can lead to real problems, which brings us to our first ever installment of… *drumroll*
We recently received this email from a customer:

Dear Floors To Your Home,

My sister uses bleach in her water to clean the floors. I have told her many times not to use bleach on the wood-look floors. Well, she used the same mop on all floors, so now my vinyl flooring has started shedding! It looks like black plastic stuff. I need something to put on the resilient plank floors to stop the shedding and protect it from further damage. Can you recommend something I can use??

Thankfully Yours,

A Woman In Floor Trouble

Dear A Woman In Floor Trouble,

Bleach is a nasty customer for flooring. With its antibacterial properties it’s easy to see why your sister would see it as an ideal floor cleaner. However, as you’ve learned the hard way, the chemical’s harsh properties can cause serious damage.

Unfortunately, it sounds as if the bleach has eroded the vinyl’s wear layer to the point where it’s begun to flake off. There’s good news and there’s bad news; let’s pull the bandage off and start with the bad news: this kind of damage is irreparable, and there are no coatings or sealers that will solve your problem.

So, what’s the good news? You’ve got plank flooring, which means you can replace individual damaged planks instead of having to tear up your entire floor. This can be a DIY job or a professional endeavor. Either way, we suggest letting your sister foot the bill.

Keep your chin up, A Woman In Floor Trouble. Better flooring days are just over the horizon.
Do you have questions about how to care for floors? This post from our blog covers care for vinyl floors, this post covers laminate maintenance, and this post covers how to care for your hardwood floors. And, of course, our trained flooring experts are standing by to help! Call 1-800-804-5251 or click on today.


Meredith Foster is a content writer at Floors To Your Home.

Posted in Customer Q & A, Vinyl Flooring
7 comments on “Why You Should Never Use Bleach to Clean Vinyl Floors
  1. In need of suggestions says:

    I am looking to open a daycare the current floor had dirty carpet on it. I pulled it up and have plywood floors! I need a easy, cheap and a easy to clean for children. Any suggestions?

  2. I agree with what you said. I am using bleach for cleaning our vinyl back then. It does damaged our flooring. I suggest not to use it too. Thanks for sharing these article.

  3. Charlie Palmer says:

    Hello, my wife owns a salon and we have vinyl flooring. She uses a carpet shampooer (rug Doctor) to clean the floors and I can’t help but think she is ruining the floors. I would hate to ruin the floors before we even have them paid off! Please let me know if she is ruining the floors!!? Thank You!

  4. Amanda says:

    I mopped my lenolium floors with bleach water and mr clean, a little while later two different areas turned a blackish grey color. Could their be mold under my floor or is it maybe a chemical reaction? Thanks

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