Cleaning Restrictions: Do not use bleach, strong detergents, or abrasive cleaners when cleaning a vinyl kitchen floor. You should also avoid the use of scouring pads as they can scratch the surface of the material.
Punctures: Vinyl will yield when most objects are dropped on it, but if a knife or a sharply pointed piece is pressed down into it, the surface of the floor can puncture. To avoid this make sure that you use furniture pads under the legs of all furnishings in the kitchen. You should also strive to keep high heels well maintained and pet nails properly clipped.
Rubber Mats: These are popular in kitchens because they can easily catch and hold drop spills and splatters, protecting the floor below. However, if the rubber is allowed to be in contact with vinyl for a prolonged period of time a chemical reaction can occur which may cause discoloration on your floor.
Dirt and Oil: Since the kitchen is a messy place, dirt and oils often build up on a vinyl floor over time. This can lead to a grimy yellowish film appearing over the surface of the material. This can be handled to some extent through regular cleaning, and or stripping of the floor.