Vinyl Floor Care – Caring for Your Vinyl Floors
With the easy maintenance of a resilient floor, there is no cause for concern when it comes to spots, spills and 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.
- The adhesive under your floor needs time to thoroughly dry after installation. Therefore, we recommend that you do not scrub or wash your floor for at least three days immediately after installation.
- For general cleaning, sweep your floor regularly (at least once a week) and be sure to wipe up spills promptly. Occasional mopping with the manufacturers recommended cleaning solution may be needed when dirt builds up and sweeping alone is not sufficient. Do not use soap or detergent products, as they will leave a dulling film.
- Caution: Vinyl floors can be slippery when they become wet. Use extreme caution when walking on a wet floor.
- 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.
- Support furniture with wide-bearing, non-staining floor protectors. Ideally, the protectors should be at least one 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 rustproof. Replace your narrow dome furniture rests with wide-bearing ones.
- 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.