Knowledge about Vinyl Maintenance
Flooring, no matter how new or beautiful, is meant to be walked upon. Vinyl flooring is no exception. Time and the onslaught of foot traffic will most certainly take its toll. But take heart, keeping your vinyl flooring as beautiful and inviting as the day it was installed just requires a little knowledge.
So check out the following advice and be a little smarter about smart and stylish vinyl flooring.
Consistency is the key.
New vinyl floors are extremely durable and long lasting, but like any floor covering they still need regular maintenance to stay looking like new.
Follow these general guidelines for vinyl flooring. For more detailed information always refer to the manufacturer’s written floor care procedures.
Know this about time and temperature.
For the first 24 hours after your new vinyl floor is installed, protect all the seamed areas and don’t walk on the seam sealer.
Keep the room at 68° F or greater for at least 2 days after installation to allow the adhesives to setup properly.
Do not roll heavy objects directly on to a newly installed vinyl floor for at least 5 days. This can cause the vinyl and adhesive to become compressed, and once the adhesive sets up any compressed marks will become permanent.
Allow 5 days before thoroughly washing your floor. This will give the adhesive time to cure.
How to clean vinyl flooring
Cleaning vinyl floors requires a straightforward cleaning routine. Wiping or vacuuming is sufficient for cleaning your vinyl floor on a daily basis. Removing dust with a broom or vacuum cleaner avoids the build-up of dust and dirt and makes it easier to maintain your floors.
Every week, or more often if necessary, it’s enough to wipe the floor with a damp mop or a cloth moistened with warm water and a neutral detergent. This helps to remove dirt and keep the floor in top condition. Keep in mind that you don’t need a large amount of water to clean your floor.
How to clean up stains on your vinyl floor
Cleaning tougher scuffs and stains from your vinyl flooring is also relatively simple. Treat stains immediately, for example, by spot cleaning with a nylon pad and neutral detergent. Clean from the outside of the stain towards its centre, then rinse and wipe with fresh water. Here are some tips for cleaning different types of stains:
- Oil, vinegar or lemon stains should be removed right away as they may cause discolouration on the surface of your vinyl flooring. You can use a mixture of warm water and a neutral detergent to remove these stains.
- Ink, tomato or blood stains can be removed by putting very diluted alcohol directly on the stain for a few minutes without scrubbing, then rinse off with water
- Pen and marker stains are easily cleaned by rubbing with a little white spirit on a cloth and rinsing well with water
- Rust should be cleaned with an anti-rust sponge and rinsed off with water
Reusing vinyl flooring and linoleum flooring
Although vinyl floor is a petroleum product and linoleum is made from natural linseed oil, they are both similar flooring products in both look and finish. One of the best qualities about this type of flooring is that it can be easily cleaned, even when soiled by liquids. The best parts can be reused as a lining for shelves, cupboards and bathroom areas. They could even be cut to make play mats for children or to sit under pet food bowls.
No matter the type of flooring needing to be replaced, always consider the environment. Flooring is not damaged equally, so the best parts can be saved as new. Many flooring materials can also be reused by others or recycled into new products.
Additional cleaning and care tips for maintaining and prolonging the beauty of your vinyl floor
- Place protective pads (like felt) under heavy furniture, chair and table legs
- Avoid rubber bottoms on objects resting on your vinyl floor – it may cause staining
- Use doormats at entrance ways to prevent dirt or dust from being brought inside and make cleaning easier. You can stop about 80% of dirt right there!
- Clean your floors with natural, soft or neutral detergents
- Keep hot items like heaters, ashes or coals at a safe distance/height from your vinyl floor
Don’t clean vinyl floors with:
- Abrasive powders
- Black soap
- Acetone or solvents
- Wax or varnish
- Oil-based products
- Steam cleaners