Care And Cleaning Tips: Vinyl And LVT Flooring

ProSource | 3/14/2016 | Product Information

Vinyl Floor Care

Because the adhesive under your floor needs time too thoroughly dry after installation, new vinyl floor care should be gentle. We recommend that you do not scrub or wash your floor for at least three days after it is installed.

For general vinyl floor care and cleaning, sweep your floor regularly (at least once a week) and be sure to wipe up spills promptly. Occasional mopping with the manufacturer's recommended cleaning solution may be needed when dirt builds up and sweeping alone is not sufficient. Please note that soap or detergent products are not recommended for resilient floors as they will leave a dulling film on the surface. The Flex Floor products, however, can be cleaned with a damp mop and mild detergent or soap. Caution: vinyl floors can be slippery when they become wet. Use extreme caution when walking on a wet floor.

Vinyl Floor Maintenance

A good vinyl floor maintenance program will help keep your floors in top condition. Use doormats outside each entrance to your home to prevent dirt, sand, grit, and other substances such as oil, asphalt, and driveway sealer from being tracked onto your floor. Use non-staining mats on your floor. Do not put rubber-backed, latex-backed, or coco fiber mats on your floor because they may stain or damage the surface. Close your curtains or blinds where extreme sunlight hits the floor. A combination of heat and sunlight causes most home furnishings, including vinyl floors, to fade or discolor. Protection is an important part of vinyl floor maintenance.

Support furniture with wide-bearing, non-staining floor protectors. Ideally, the protectors should be at least 1 inch in diameter, made of non-pigmented hard plastic, and rest flat on the floor.

Non-staining felt protectors are also acceptable. Casters with a minimum 3/4" flat surface width or greater are recommended for all moveable furniture. Make sure any floor protectors made of metal are rust proof. Replace your narrow dome furniture rests with wide-bearing ones.

Cleaning Stains And Other Problems

The overall stain resistance of vinyl is excellent and most spills will wipe off quickly and easily with a clean white cloth. Removing certain substances may take a little extra effort. Always use a clean, white cloth for wiping up stains and turn it frequently to avoid spreading the stain. Rinse with clean water and allow area to dry. Repeat if necessary.

Maintenance And Warranties

Please see your manufacturer’s warranty for more information and maintenance guidelines. Because vinyl floor care and maintenance is so easy with a resilient floor, there is no cause for concern when it comes to spots, spills, or scuffs left by shoes. By observing a few precautions, and with proper care and maintenance, you can ensure that your vinyl floor always looks its best. Performance and /or warranty can be sacrificed or voided if not installed to manufacturer’s instruction and industry standards.

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