How to Make Vinyl Plank Floors Shine

Vinyl plank flooring gets popular for its glittering look and durability. Besides, it is affordable and easy to install.

But the heck is- over time, it starts losing its shiny look for cleaning it day by day using abrasive detergent. On top of that, due to inappropriate cleaning methods, your LVP flooring gets dull.

So, is there any way to restore the bright look like the first day you installed the LifeProof vinyl flooring?

If yes, how to make vinyl plank floors shine?

Fortunately, we are going to introduce three methods that help to bring back the sparkling appearance of your floor.

As the cleaning process is DIY, they don’t have any side effects and cause no damage to your delicate surface.

In the end, we also cover some cleaning tips and processes for brushing up the LVP surface appropriately.

So, let’s dive into this DIY cleaning guide right here.

Method 1. Use the Apple Cider Vinegar

Firstly, make a DIY cleaning solution using apple cider vinegar, baby oil, a gallon of water. The vinegar breaks the dirt or dust down of the floor that may give a dull look to your surface. In this case, the baby oil is a natural remedy to make the LVP flooring shine.

To make a cleaning formula at home, blend a cup of apple cider vinegar, a few drops of baby oil, and a gallon of warm water in a bucket.

Secondly, vacuum the entire room thoroughly to get the best output.  When brushing up with a Vac, make sure the Vac you have don’t come with a rotary brush.

Otherwise, it damages your delicate floor by scratching. We recommend a vac that comes with soft bristles, which will be the best vacuum for vinyl plank floors.

Thirdly, start mopping with the DIY solution you made. Continue this cleaning process until you finish washing the entire room.

To eliminate excess formula and reduce the risk of slipping, rinse the floor with clean water.

For cleaning a muddy floor, add dish detergent with the solution and mop the floor.

Finally, use a soft towel to let the vinyl floor dry immediately to remove and prevent detergent residue.

Method 2. Use isopropyl alcohol

Firstly, prepare a cleaning solution by mixing three tablespoons of isopropyl and a liter of distilled water in a bucket.

Keep in mind, the ratio of water and isopropyl alcohol will be 90% and 10%.

The DIY cleaning solution is excellent to remove fingerprints from your luxury vinyl surface.

Secondly, mop the entire floor with the formula. If there is left the fingerprint still, add detergent to break down the grease & oil from the fingerprints.

However, you can also use the most recommended surfactants like Triton-X in the water to remove the sticky stains.

Finally, dry the floor with a soft microfiber pad. The benefit of using a soft microfiber cloth is it doesn’t cause any scratches.

Method 3. Use Egg Yolk

At first, mix two egg yolks in a liter of water to make a DIY cleaning solution.

The best part of this natural solution is- it has no side effects. On the other hand, you don’t need to spend a lot of bucks as other ingredients are required to buy.

Now, take a broom in your hand and brush up the entire room with the homemade solution.

Make sure the broom you are going to use comes with microfiber pads.

Otherwise, it damages the delicate flooring by getting it scratched.

Finally, use a dry cloth (soft) to wipe down the floor.

Tips to fix scratches and scuffs on your vinyl floor

As a homeowner, you know how delicate the LVP flooring is. Most of the time, the scratches on the vinyl surface occur when you are moving the furniture.

For light scratches, you can use a magic eraser that you can find on Amazon. Though it can’t remove the scuff permanently, it improves its appearance.

The best way to repair light scuff is using the colored scratch crayons. When choosing the crayons, make sure you choose the color patterns according to your surface.

Therefore, you can also try out wax sticks to repair moving furniture scratches on your vinyl floor.

For slightly larger scratches, you can apply a vinyl sealer to hide the affected spot.

On the other hand, for deep or severe damages, we recommend you to replace the vinyl flooring.


Can you polish vinyl plank flooring? 

Flooring repair experts recommend not to use full-strength vinegar as it destroys and dull the finish of vinyl flooring. Otherwise, you fail to polish the LVP surface to restore the shine.

Is white vinegar safe for vinyl floors?

White vinegar is natural and non-toxic. It doesn’t leave any residue like other cleaners and removes the stain or dust from hard surfaces like vinyl. So, we recommend you to use white vinegar to clean the LVP floor safely.

Is Murphy oil soap good for vinyl floors? 

Murphy oil soap is good for other types of hard floors except vinyl. As it leaves residue, we recommend you not to use Murphy oil soap on your LifeProof vinyl surfaces.

Can you use Mop and Glo on vinyl plank flooring? 

Mop and Glo are specially designed to clean vinyl flooring. So, undoubtedly, you can use these floor cleaners on your LVP surface.

What should you not use on vinyl plank flooring?

Never use abrasive detergents, full-strength vinegar, a vacuum comes with a rotary brush and too hot water on your vinyl plank flooring.


We hope you get the solution to this question: how to make vinyl plank floors shine?

We covered the three best methods to bring back the glittering appearance of your vinyl floor.

Among them, using apple cider vinegar and a few drops of baby oil is the best option to restore the shine of the LVP surface.

Apple cider vinegar breaks the stain and grime down and helps to remove them. On the other hand, a few drops of baby oil naturally bring back the shine.