Vinyl Care Guide
You’ve purchased your brand new vinyl flooring, therefore you want it to look as good as the day you had it installed for years to come. Regular vacuuming and mopping will help to keep it in a sound condition, as well as preventing any nasty odours, allergens or bacteria.
Floors are an important part of our homes and can be considered an expensive purchase so it goes without saying that you will want to maintain their good condition and prolong their lifespan. In a busy family home it wouldn't take long for rooms to look untidy if the floors were not regularly vacuumed and cleaned in order to remove dirt and dust. With regular cleaning you can continue to achieve the best appearance and feel of your floors and be happy and able to relax.
We have put together a simple guide full of helpful tips and and expert advice. So if you're wondering how to remove spilt red wine or advice on general maintenance you should find the information useful.
How to clean vinyl floors
Vinyl flooring is fuss-free and low-maintenance. However, to keep it looking great there’s a few things you’ll need to know.
Vinyl flooring requires a small amount of regular upkeep and is easy to maintain. In this section, we break down a few areas of how to clean vinyl! These hints and tips will keep your floor looking its best:
● Use a soft brush or a vacuum to remove any dirt or debris that build up through the day.
● Stains should be easily removed with warm water and soap. If not use Bicarbonate of soda to help.
● Liquids will sit on the surface in puddles. Due to vinyl flooring being non-absorbent it can damage the floor if left, so it’s best to use a well wrung out mop to clean up the spillage.
Which cleaning products are safe to use with vinyl flooring?
● With so many chemicals in cleaning products we can only suggest that you check the labels to make sure they are suitable.
● Natural ingredients would be best but if you have children and pets just make sure they are suitable for home environment.
● Don’t use any sharp or abrasive on vinyl flooring as it will cause permanent damage.
How do you treat stains on vinyl flooring?
● Start with warm water and a damp cloth to clean the surface.
● Use vinyl flooring cleaner applied to a cloth and remove the mark.
Other options can be used but we recommend that you check that these products are safe, you can use the following chemicals to remove stains:
● Bleach and water for food and drink stains.
● Alcohol – for tougher stains
Vinyl flooring has so many benefits one of them being it’s quality or function will never be damaged by water. Whereas homeowners with wood or oak flooring are limited to the amount of water they can use to maintain it. This is why vinyl flooring is a more practical alternative to most flooring options.
Vinyl flooring maintenance
Vinyl flooring should be resistant to most marks and indentations caused by heavy furniture, but still to proceed with caution. Here are a few maintenance tips.
● Before you begin moving your furniture into the room, make sure you remove all debris, then sweep and vacuum the floor to get rid of any dust leftover from the installation as this is when vinyl flooring is most likely to get damaged.
● Make sure the surface is cleaned regularly to avoid any build up and damaging the flooring. Make sure that you don’t slide or drag any furniture to avoid damage to the vinyl.
● You can always add some form of cushioning that will protect the surface of your vinyl.
● Avoid prolonged periods of contact with rubber and vinyl as it causes a chemical reaction leaving a permanent yellow stain which cannot be removed. We advise to check everything you put in the area such as shoes, rugs, mats and anything to avoid that type of stain.
• Wipe up household spills as soon as possible. Vinyl flooring is resilient; however, spills should still be cleaned up immediately. If the spill is left on the floor for a long period of time, you risk permanently staining the floor.
•Use a doormat to keep out dirt. Grit and dirt that is tracked in from your shoes can act like sandpaper, removing the finish from your vinyl floor.
• Protect your flooring from heavy furniture by using floor protectors. A good rule of thumb is that the heavier the item, the wider the floor protector is required.
• Wash your floor occasionally with a floor cleaner. Look for a neutral cleaner that isn't too harsh.
• Sweep, dust, or vacuum your floor daily if needed.
•When moving heavy appliances or furniture it is a good idea to use a plywood sheeting path. If the item is too heavy you can use the plywood path to drag it over. This will protect your flooring and make your move easier.
• Never use a detergent that is abrasive. Vinegar or "mop and shine" products may leave a film on your floor, rather than give you that shiny floor that you seek.
• Never use a wax polish
• Never use an abrasive scrubbing tool on your floor. This can cause scratches and harm your flooring.
• Never use a beater bar when vacuuming. This can cause damage to the floor surface.
• Never drench your vinyl with water. Water from an overly wet mop can destroy the glue bond that holds down the vinyl. This can cause corners to curl and the floor to become loose.
• Never use rolling castors. Rolling castors can damage the surface on your floor. Instead, use chairs with felt pads, which won't harm your vinyl.
Vinyl flooring is cost effective, hard wearing and looks great on the floor.
If you are unsure on what type is best for you then we have a helpful Buying Guide to help you choose the perfect vinyl floor for your room.