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How to strip and polish vinyl floors (DIY Guide)

Vinyl floors are a popular trend finding application in all sectors be it offices, schools, or hospitals. What makes them outclass is their shiny glassy look, plus the durability of the floor that can last for years without having to spend thousands of dollars to renovate frequently.

Vinyl floors provide more warmth than regular tiles and hence finds application in all commercial and domestic buildings. With huge traffic of shoes, trolleys, or machinery movements these floorings may get ripped, scratched, or lose their gloss with time.

To keep your floor in proper shape, proper care and fixing any scratches or dents immediately will always make your flooring in perfect condition.

If your vinyl floor has started looking dull or old with time and you are finding a way to strip and polish to give it a new life then you have landed in the right place. Here we have jotted down easy steps and tricks so you can strip and polish your vinyl floor easily without hiring a professional.

These are easy to follow steps so you can strip and polish your vinyl floor like a pro without any hassle

1.    Clean the floor

The most important step is that before you apply stripping solution to your floor you clean it deeply, removing any kind of debris, dirt, stuck candies, or nail paint marks from the floor. Vacuum it to clean all particles from the floor.

2.    Apply the stripper solution

After deep cleaning, now prepare the stripper solution as directed by the manufacturer in the right ratio. After that, apply the solution on your vinyl floor and spread it with a mop. Leave the solution on for about 10 to 15 minutes. Store striper solutions are made from harsh chemicals so make sure you have a mask on and the room has proper ventilation.

3.    Rinse

Now use a wet vacuum to clean off this stripped floor and solution safely. It will be like a sludge now so will be difficult to be removed. Make sure to have safety PPE on while working with the stripper solution. After that, rinse the floor with water 3 to 4 times and remove with a wet vacuum to ensure that floor is completely cleaned and washed off from the chemicals.

4.    Clean up with a new mop

After the water is wet vacuumed now take a new clean mop and properly dry off the floor.

5.    Apple sealer

After mopping apply an even layer of sealer to the floor and smooth it out with a mop so that all the gaps and cracks in the floor are filled and the polish can be applied more properly and evenly.

6.    Polish the floor

Now, with a dry clean mop, apply a thin and even layer of polish, spreading it in semi-circle motion on the floor in the same direction. Once this coat dries, apply a second one similarly. 3 to 4 thin coats of polish will make it look brighter, and for the deep and lasting shine, it is advisable to apply very thin and even polish coats multiple times.


With frequent cleaning, doormats, and avoiding spillage of liquids on the floor you can increase the lifetime of your vinyl floor and its polish to lose shine late. Make sure you keep an eye on your floor condition so that you can fix the problem before it intensifies.

Easily strip and polish your vinyl floor with this DIY guide to make your place look newly built.

Harry Virk

Harry Virk is the director of CleaningPro Auckland. He has years of experience in the cleaning industry and his company is expert at providing exceptional cleaning services in Auckland. He has a passion for helping people and making sure that their homes are clean, tidy, and ready for visitors.

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