At Floor Coverings Local, we love installing Vinyl Flooring as it is known to be the fuss-free and low-maintenance flooring option around. However, when it comes to Vinyl Flooring, there are still a few things you’ll need to do to keep it looking great.
This care guide is filled with expert and friendly advice to help ensure you get the best from your vinyl floor over time.
The best tip when it comes to cleaning and maintaining your vinyl floors requires a small amount of regular maintenance. Floor Coverings Local will show you how exactly to clean with our expert advice thrown in for good measure! Follow these hints and tips to keep your floor looking its best:
- Loose debris, dust and dirt should be removed from vinyl flooring regularly. This can be done using a soft brush or with gentle vacuuming.
- The flooring is non-absorbent which means any liquids will sit on the surface in puddles. This can damage the floor if left for long periods of time and also presents potential slip hazards to you and your family. Wipe spillages immediately and use a well wrung out mop or damp cloth to wash the surface; ensuring it dries out completely before walking on it again.
- Warm water and a light soap will usually be enough to remove stains but products like bicarbonate of soda can also be handy on a tough stain.
Be careful, as not all chemicals are suitable to use on the floor and you should always read the instructions before applying to your floors, also make sure that products are pet and child-safe while using in family homes, and always opt for natural ingredients whenever possible. Never use abrasive scorers on vinyl floors as this could cause permanent damage to the surface.
How do you clean it?
Depending on the colour and design of your flooring, you can use the following chemicals to remove stains, begin by using the damp white cloth or towel to clean the surface, then use a special cleaner which can be purchased from any specialist stores across the UK.
One of the main benefits of the flooring is that water will never damage the quality or function of it. Unlike wood or oak flooring, homeowners are not limited to the amount of water they can use on their flooring to maintain its stunning appearance. This is just one reason why it is a more practical alternative to many other flooring options currently in the market.
When installing the flooring, you’ll soon realise how much low maintenance there is. However, Floor Coverings Local have put together some expert care tips to help you maintain your flooring.
While it should be resistant to most of the marks and indentations caused by heavy furniture, you still need to proceed with caution. For example:
- Vinyl flooring is most likely to get damaged just after installation. Before you begin moving your furniture into the room, make sure you remove all debris, then sweep and vacuum the flooring to get rid of any dust leftover from the installation.
- Keep sharp objects away from the surface and avoid sliding or dragging anything across it. Messy floors and debris can cause damage to vinyl over long periods of time, so make sure the surface is cleaned regularly.
- Ensure all furniture legs are smooth and won’t mark your vinyl and replace any narrow, glass or dome shaped glides with smooth protectors to ensure your vinyl remains intact when it comes into contact with the furniture.
- Fit felt covers to casters and feet for added cushioning that will protect the surface of your vinyl.
- Never push, pull or drag heavy furniture across your vinyl flooring as this can mark, scratch and damage the surface. Instead, always lift or wheel in any sofas, tables or chairs, as this will prevent scuffing and other marks from occurring.
- When Vinyl comes into contact with rubber for prolonged periods it causes a chemical reaction that leaves a permanent yellow stain at the point of contact. Such stains cannot be removed through cleaning and it is important therefore that your vinyl floor does not come into sustained contact with Rubber. Be aware that common household items such as bicycle and pram wheels, latex or rubber backed mats and rugs, the soles of shoes and slippers may contain rubber and should not be left standing on a vinyl floor for prolonged periods.