Vinyl Flooring: Best Ways to Maintain Your Vinyl Floor

Vinyl Flooring: Best Ways to Maintain Your Vinyl Floor

Almost any home can benefit from vinyl flooring because of its durability, long-lasting strength, and beautiful appearance. While these features are beneficial for many, vinyl floor is also known for their easy maintenance. It is certainly a good idea to take proper care of your vinyl floor so as to prolong its lifespan and preserve its appearance. The following tips and tricks will help you maintain luxury vinyl floors in your home, whether there are pets or children in the home. There are many ways to ensure that your home is ready to handle any accident, spill, or pile of dirt that may occur, including the best tools to clean vinyl floors, everyday cleaning tips, and tips on how to take care of vinyl floors.

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How to Clean Vinyl Flooring?

Pick-Up The Visible Dirt - The first step should be the pickup. It is a good idea to start by picking up any loose dirt from the vinyl floors. While dirt may not appear to be a problem for your vinyl, small rocks and pieces of dirt that are caught in your shoes can cause damage to the surface. The surface can be scratched over time, so picking up dirt is a good place to start.

Sweep or Vacuum Your Vinyl Flooring - Dirt can be removed by sweeping or vacuuming your vinyl floor. It is important to turn off the beater bar on your vacuum in order to prevent damage. It is recommended that you perform this task at least once per week. You may need to sweep or vacuum more frequently if you have a dirt driveway, pets, or children.

What Are The Best Ways To Maintain Vinyl Floors?

  1. Spills should not be left to air dry on the floor.
  2. It is important to wipe up spills immediately in order to prevent any damage.
  3. The beater bar of your vacuum should not be turned on when you are vacuuming. Ensure that the beater bar is turned off at all times.
  4. It is not recommended to scrub vinyl floors with steel wool in order to remove stains.
  5. Avoid dragging heavy furniture across the floor when moving it.
  6. Avoid scratches and dents by using furniture pads, and lift furniture rather than slide it, which can result in scuff marks.
  7. Avoid using excessive amounts of water when cleaning vinyl floors. It is not advisable to use soaps or detergents on vinyl floors since they will leave a dulling film on the surface.
  8. In order to maintain your product's warranty, you should follow the manufacturer's instructions when cleaning.
  9. No matter whether your vinyl floors are waterproof or not, do not steam clean them.

Vinyl Floor Care and Maintenance Tips

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Vinyl floors can be protected against damage from spills, mud, dirt, and accidents by following a few steps. Keep dirt and dust outside and you will have to clean your home less frequently.

Put a welcome mat on your doorstep - Adding an outdoor mat to your vinyl flooring is one of the easiest things you can do. You and your guests can wipe your feet at the foot of the door before entering the house if it is installed just outside the front or back door. By using a mat, dirt and debris will be reduced from being tracked into the house. It is also possible to invest in an indoor mat for the inside and leave shoes outside the door if you wish to take the idea a step further.

Put area rugs to good use - It is also a good idea to invest in area rugs in areas with high traffic. There is considerable foot traffic in hallways and staircases. You can limit the amount of dirt on vinyl floors by using a runner in a hallway or a custom stair runner on stairs.

Spills should be cleaned up right away - To prevent future damage to your floors, you should also wipe up spills immediately. The presence of standing liquid can cause the floors or planks to buckle when it seeps into the seams of the floor or planks.

Clean your home in a low-impact manner - Make sure that you do not use heavy-duty cleaners to blast dirt away. You should instead learn how to clean vinyl floors in the gentlest manner possible. Make sure that you sweep or vacuum vinyl floors every evening, and clean up spills as soon as possible. You can use a mop dampened with warm water (not hot) to clean dirt that cannot be reached by a broom or vacuum. In the event that all else fails, you may turn to soap, but make sure that the soap is designed specifically for your flooring.

Make sure you use the right cleanser - Cleaning vinyl floors made with no-wax vinyl can be accomplished in the following way: Use a cleaner designed specifically for no-wax floors and follow the instructions on the container.  In the case of older vinyl floors that require waxing, you should clean them with warm water and mild detergent. The mixture should be applied to the floor with a damp mop or sponge and rubbed gently to loosen the dirt. Ensure that you do not rub off the wax or you will have to reapply it. The floor should be rinsed with clean, cool water, regardless of whether the soap label indicates that rinsing is not necessary. Otherwise, you will leave a residue on the floor. Take care not to make these other cleaning mistakes which will merely increase the level of dirt in your home.

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In our tips and tricks, you will learn how to care for and maintain luxury vinyl flooring, whether you buy brand new luxury vinyl floors or move into a home that already has vinyl floors.

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