Vinyl flooring is a smart choice for homes and businesses because it is durable, but budget friendly. Even though vinyl flooring is tough, it still needs care to maintain its appearance.
1. Protect your Vinyl Flooring
There are many ways to protect your vinyl flooring from wear and tear. Start by investing in a doormat, which will reduce the amount of dirt tracked in. Then, place floor protectors on the bottoms of your furniture and large appliances. Doing this will prevent dents and scratches in your vinyl flooring. You can also place felt tips on the bottoms of chair legs. Avoid using rolling casters, which can damage the surface of your vinyl flooring.
2. Keep Your Floors Clean
Dirt and chemicals can be damaging to your vinyl floors. Any substance like dirt or food crumbs, can be abrasive, possibly scratching the finish from your floor. Certain chemicals, including those you track in from outside, can discolor your floor. Care for your vinyl floors with preventative efforts to regularly remove dirt and chemicals. Clean vinyl floors frequently, perhaps sweeping each evening as part of your kitchen or bathroom tidy-up routine.
3. Use the Best Cleaning Techniques
While you want to keep your vinyl floors clean to prevent excess wear and tear, you do not want to cause damage with harsh cleaning techniques. Care for your vinyl floor by using the mildest possible cleaning methods. To mop, use warm (not hot) water, with mild cleaning products designed for vinyl flooring. Use a damp (not a soaking wet) mop, because excess water can get between the seams of vinyl flooring, which can cause damage. Make sure to then gently rinse floors with clean water, to remove soap residue.
4. Preserve the finish
Some vinyl floors may require wax, while others may not. No-wax vinyl has a clear polyurethane coating to give it a shine. Wax will not adhere to no-wax floors, so an attempt to wax them will create a mess, and possibly even damage the vinyl. If you want to restore shine to your no-wax vinyl flooring, use specially designed polish or sealant (be sure to first clean the floor and then follow the directions on the product). Older vinyl floors may require waxing, which you can accomplish with specially designed wax products. Make sure you also use the right cleaning products for your wax versus no-wax vinyl floors.
5. Move Carefully
If you need to move your large appliances for deep cleaning, a fresh paint job, or during a move, be careful to protect your vinyl flooring. Anytime you might be moving heavy appliances some distance, create a path to move items across, rather than directly on the vinyl.
If you have selected vinyl flooring for your home or business, these tips will keep it looking great for years to come. If you are considering purchasing vinyl flooring for your home or have questions about your existing vinyl flooring, consult with our flooring specialists at Dublin Carpet for the most up to date and advanced vinyl flooring to suit your needs.