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Vinyl Flooring Care

Vinyl Flooring Care & Maintenance

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Keeping your vinyl floors clean will make them look great and last for many years to come. Thoroughly clean your vinyl floors once a week using a vacuum, broom, or dry mop to remove dirt, dust, or any buildup of hair.

How to Clean Vinyl Flooring

Avoid using a beater brush vacuum attachment as it may damage the finish of your floors. Instead, opt for an attachment specified for hard floors. Next, use a vinyl-specific cleaning solution with a damp mop. Clean your floors, rinsing frequently with hot water.

Alternatively, an apple cider vinegar and water mixture can be used to effectively clean your floors. Use a cup of apple cider vinegar per one gallon of water. Because of the shiny polyurethane coating, polishing is not necessary for vinyl.

To prevent stains, spills should be wiped up from vinyl flooring as soon as possible using a damp cloth. Oil and grime can be removed with a resilient floor cleaner such as Mannington® Rinse-Free Cleaner for Vinyl Floors or Armstrong Once ‘N Done® Floor Cleaner. A baking soda and water combination can also be used to remove deeper food stains including wine, juice, and tomato sauce. Create a thick paste with baking soda and water and rub it into the stain with a cloth until the color lifts.

Rinse your floors clean.

To remove denser substances such as ink, lipstick, crayons, or paint, scrub rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover onto the material using a soft cleaning brush. Avoid abrasive cleaning brushes, steel wool, and scouring pads as they can scratch vinyl flooring. Bleach, ammonia, chlorine, and other harsh cleaning solutions should also not be used.

How to Maintain Vinyl Flooring

In addition to cleaning, vinyl floors must be regularly maintained and protected from damage. Avoid moving heavy appliances, furniture, or wheeled objects across your vinyl flooring. Dirt, rocks, asphalt, and other outdoor particles can scratch and discolor vinyl. Prevent dirt and debris from tracking on your floors by placing doormats or area rugs both inside and outside entrances. This will also help to minimize scratches. In addition, you can minimize dents and scuffs by putting felt pads or vinyl coasters underneath all furniture.

Well-maintained vinyl flooring can last for up to 20 years. Vinyl flooring is an ideal choice for high-traffic areas as long as it is well-maintained and cleaned frequently. Over time, dirt and other particles can wear down its finish. For best results, sweep your floors every one to two days. This will eliminate buildup of dust and debris, making your weekly cleaning regime much more manageable.

Recommended floor cleaners and polishes are available in our showroom. For more detailed information about cleaning and maintaining the flooring or carpet material in your home or business, contact us at Floor Factors or the manufacturer of your floor covering product.


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