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Vinyl Flooring Care


How to Clean and Care for Vinyl Floors


Vinyl flooring is an excellent choice for almost any home because of its durability, long-lasting strength, and beautiful looks. While these features are beneficial for many, vinyl is also known for its easy maintenance.


Properly caring for your vinyl floor can help extend its life and preserve its appearance, so it’s an excellent idea to get ahead of it. Whether you have a home full of pets or children, you’ll be able to keep your home looking its best with our tips and tricks for cleaning and maintaining luxury vinyl floors.


From the best tools to clean vinyl planks, everyday cleaning tips, how often to clean vinyl, and ideas on how to prevent damages and dirt, our guide is full of ways to ensure that your home is ready to handle any accident, spill, or pile of dirt that happens.


How to Clean & Take Care of Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring


The best way to clean vinyl floors is to start by picking up loose dirt. While it may not seem like dirt can cause issues on your vinyl, small rocks or pieces of dirt that are stuck in your shoes can be sharp. Over time, they can scratch the surface, which is why picking up dirt is an excellent place to start.

To remove dirt, you can sweep or vacuum. Be sure to turn your beater bar off on your vacuum to prevent damages. We recommend that you do this at least once a week. If you have a dirt driveway, pets, or kids, you may need to sweep or vacuum more often.


For the next step, it’s best to consult your flooring manufacturer for an approved vinyl floor cleaner. If you don’t have access to the manufacturer’s guidelines, we recommend our Resista Resilient Cleaner.  This cleaner is approved for Carpet One luxury vinyl floors as well as most luxury vinyl planks, tiles, or resilient floors.

When using this cleaner, be sure to use a mop that does not have tough bristles. These bristles can damage the protective layer on your vinyl floors. Mops that are not abrasive are the best option to use when cleaning and caring for vinyl.


Vinyl Floor Tips for Maintenance & Care


There are a few things that you can do to prevent spills, mud, dirt, and accidents from damaging your vinyl floors. After all, keeping dirt and dust outside means less frequent cleaning inside! One of the easiest additions you can add to your home is an outdoor mat. Placed just outside the front or back door, you and your guests will have a space to wipe your feet before coming inside. The mat will reduce the amount of dirt and debris that is tracked inside. If you want to take it a step farther, you can also invest in an indoor mat for inside and leave shoes by the door.


Investing in area rugs in high traffic areas is another great idea. Hallways and staircases are high traffic areas that see plenty of foot traffic. Use a runner for a hallway, or a custom stair runner on staircases to limit the amount of dirt on vinyl floors.


You should also wipe or pick up spills as soon as they occur to prevent future damages to your floors. Standing liquid of any type can seep into the seams of the floors or planks and cause them to buckle.


Whether you are investing in brand-new luxury vinyl floors or you’re moving into a home with vinyl, it’s easy to maintain and care for luxury vinyl flooring with our tips and tricks. 


10 handy tips for vinyl floor maintenance


Vinyl flooring has long been a favorite for high traffic areas and areas prone to spills like kitchens and utility rooms. You can help your floor stay beautiful by taking some simple steps.







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Keep those floors clean - Sheet vinyl is no exception when it comes to the need for consistent cleaning. Getting the dirt off before it gets ground in is the key to ensuring your vinyl flooring stays in good shape. 


Use a doormat - A doormat helps to avoid a vinyl floor’s two greatest enemies: chemicals and dirt. Grit works like sandpaper and removes the finish from your floor. Chemicals from asphalt that stick to your shoes, though unseen, causing floors to yellow. 


Use the Proper Cleaner - When needed, be sure and use a cleaner specially made for no-wax floors. No matter what the label says about there being no need to rinse, ignore it and rinse with clean, cool water. Unless your floor needs a serious cleaning, damp mop with warm water only. 


Remove all Soap - Soap scum leaves a film that actually collects dirt. 


Preserve the Sheen - If your vinyl flooring is labeled “no wax” and loses its shine, don’t use any mop-and-wax products! This will leave a mess to be stripped off later. 


Put Appliances on a Plywood path before Moving 

Use Protective Feet on Furniture and Appliances - Prevent dents from items that are seldom moved by fitting them with floor protectors.

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Avoid Drenching the Floor – Excess water from a mop works its way into the seams, edges, and cracks where it can destroy the glue that holds down the vinyl, causing it to loosen and curl at the corners. 



Resist aggressive cleaning - Clean your vinyl floor with the mildest method possible and its shine will last far longer. Wipe up spills right away and vacuum, dry mop, or sweep frequently. To get dirt that a broom cannot, use a mop and warm - never hot - water. 



Forget Rolling Casters - Fit chairs with felt tips that won’t harm your vinyl 



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