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Maintaining Your Vinyl Flooring

October 30, 20233 min read

Vinyl flooring has become a popular choice for homeowners due to its durability, versatility, and easy maintenance. To ensure your vinyl floor planks remain in pristine condition, it's crucial to implement a regular cleaning and care routine. In this guide, we'll explore preventive measures, effective cleaning techniques, and additional maintenance tips to keep your vinyl flooring looking as good as new.

Preventive Care:

  • Doorway Mats: Placing non-rubber mats at all entry points helps prevent sand and grit from being tracked onto the vinyl floor. This simple step can significantly reduce the risk of scratches and abrasions.

  • Furniture Protection: Install floor protectors, such as felt pads, on the legs of all furniture items. For wheeled office chairs, opt for rubber wheels to avoid potential damage. If your chairs come with nylon wheels, consider switching them out or use a chair mat to protect the floor.

  • UV Protection: Shield your vinyl floor from UV damage by ensuring that sun-facing glass doors have a patio roof or a shaded pergola. Apply clear UV protection film to large sun-facing windows. Avoid using vinyl flooring in areas with intense sun exposure, such as sunrooms or exterior patios.

  • Ventilation for Closed Spaces: In closed holiday homes, ensure natural ventilation to prevent heat buildup. Adequate airflow helps maintain normal moisture levels, preventing potential issues associated with excessive humidity.

Cleaning:

  • Regular Sweeping or Vacuuming: Keep your vinyl floor free from dust and debris by sweeping or vacuuming as needed. This basic maintenance step prevents small particles from causing scratches during regular foot traffic.

  • Vinegar Mop Solution: When the floor shows signs of dirt, use a mop with a solution of white vinegar and water. Avoid excess moisture by squeezing the mop well, ensuring it is damp but not dripping.

  • Use of Biodegradable Cleaners: If opting for store-bought cleaners, choose a biodegradable option that leaves no residue and requires no rinsing. Products like TFC Easy Clean or Quick Clean are recommended for effective cleaning without harming your vinyl flooring.

  • Handling Tough Spots or Spills: For stubborn stains, use a Scotchbrite foam pad with white vinegar. Wipe off the vinegar with a damp cloth to ensure a residue-free finish.

  • Dealing with Very Dirty Floors: In the case of exceptionally dirty floors, switch to a medium-stiffness bristle broom instead of a mop for more effective cleaning.

Other Maintenance:

  • Water Spills and Flooding: While vinyl floors are waterproof, it's essential to clean up water spills promptly. In the event of flooding, ensure thorough cleaning and ventilation to restore normal moisture levels.

  • Restoring Fine Scratches: Normal wear and tear may result in fine scratches. Restore the vinyl surface by rubbing with a Scotchbrite pad and mineral spirits.

  • Removing Gum, Crayon, or Wax: Apply ice to chewing gum, crayon, or candle wax until it becomes brittle enough to crumble off. Remove any residue with mineral spirits for a clean finish.

By incorporating these preventive care measures, effective cleaning techniques, and additional maintenance tips into your routine, you can extend the lifespan of your vinyl flooring and keep it looking beautiful for years to come. Regular attention and the right cleaning practices will ensure that your vinyl floor remains a durable and attractive part of your home.




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