Care and Maintenance of Vinyl Flooring

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Many choose vinyl flooring not only because of the low cost, but also because they are the easiest to maintain. To keep your vinyl flooring looking good for years, it is still important to follow some simple guidelines.

Caring for Vinyl Floor

  1. Clean any spills near the seams of vinyl flooring. Though sealers can keep liquid away, it is still possible to seep under the vinyl and damage the subfloor. This is the reason it is important that seals are applied properly on your vinyl flooring. Avoid using rubber–backed mats, as they could alter the color or damage the floor. Check the tag to see if they are safe for vinyl floors.
  2. Use mats in entryways that trap dirt and stones to keep your vinyl floor safe from scratches from tracked dirt.
  3. Do not use a vacuum cleaner with a beater bar to avoid scratches.
  4. In rooms or areas that are exposed to extreme sunlight, make sure there are curtains or blinds that can protect your vinyl flooring. The sun can cause your vinyl floor to fade over time.
  5. Maintain your vinyl floors with coating recommended by the manufacturer. Over time, the seal and coats will wear and your vinyl floor will become vulnerable to various elements.
  6. Don't use abrasive cleaners or scrubbing tools, as they can scratch your floor.

Cleaning Vinyl Floors

  1. Keep your vinyl floor protected from dirt by regular vacuuming and sweeping.
  2. Use a damp mop to remove dirt that can’t be removed by a broom or vaccum.
  3. Clean spills immediately with a clean cloth. Rinse the area with water and wipe dry.
  4. Use the cleaner recommended by your manufacturer. Do not use wax which will accumulate residue and attract more dirt into the floor. Self-cleaning or rinse-free cleaners are the best for vinyl floors.
  5. Use a tablespoon of dishwashing soap or clear ammonia with a quart of water if there is no recommended cleaner.
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