Using a damp cloth to clean vinyl does the trick for most cases. Vinyl is used as a basic material for a lot of things, such as plastic, because it is strong and not affected by most chemicals. When it has accumulated a thin layer of dust, the best way to clean vinyl is by using a damp cloth or baby wipes. Just try to use as little amount of water as possible because water can cause vinyl to crack. Gently rub the soft cloth on the surface and it will be superficially cleaned. Adding suds from a mild natural soap can also do wonders.
If the soiling cannot be removed by damp cloth and mild soap, the next best thing is baking soda. Its mild abrasive texture helps remove scuffs and stains. This is most effective for cleaning old vinyl that has accumulated dust, stains, and scratches and needs a more thorough cleaning. This method should not be overused because it has a tendency to permanently dull the vinyl’s shine.
When the situation gets tougher and stains don’t just come from dust but also from cosmetics, oil paint, ink, and shoe marks, an alternative solution is to clean it with synthetic turpentine, mineral spirits, or hydrogen peroxide. Vinyl cleaners sold in auto stores or furniture stores can also help clean vinyl. These solvents are made from mild chemicals that can work on tough stains without damaging the vinyl.