How to care for vinyl flooring

Vinyl flooring is a popular choice for both kitchens and bathrooms, largely because it’s cost effective and extremely stylish. But now, thanks to the array of stylish designs available, vinyl is making its way into other rooms too.

One of the greatest things about vinyl flooring is that it doesn’t only look beautiful, it’s also easy to maintain; so your floors will look newer for longer. However, there are a few things that all homeowners should keep in mind when it comes to keeping their vinyl flooring in tip top condition for years to come.

Mardi Gras 75 Striped Vinyl Flooring

How to: Clean your vinyl flooring

When it comes to cleaning your vinyl it’s important to begin by removing any loose dirt with a soft bristle broom and then clean with a damp mop. Mopping should take place on a daily basis in order to maintain that newly-laid shine.

Sweeping vinyl floor

However, you should only wash your flooring with a gentle floor cleaner occasionally and always follow the instructions on the bottle. It’s also important to steer clear of abrasive cleaners, sometimes known as “mop and shine” products as these may dull the natural shine of your vinyl.

Due to the high temperatures of steam mops, they are not recommended to be used on vinyl flooring at all as they can cause damage to the overall finish.

How to: Prevent scuffs when moving furniture

Moving furniture can cause damage to your vinyl flooring and therefore it’s important to be careful. To begin with, it’s worth ensuring your furniture legs are smooth so they won’t mark your vinyl, if they’re not, simply replace any dome-shaped or metal glides with protectors so they’re not directly in contact with the vinyl.

It’s vital that you never pull, push or drag any furniture or appliances across your flooring – always lift and carry as this will prevent any marks being made.

Couple moving sofa

How to: Remove scuffs and smudges

Whether you have these marks from the rubber heels of shoes or shoe polish, scuffs and smudges are unsightly on vinyl flooring so it’s important to remove them as soon as you see them.

The best way to do this is to scrub the area with floor cleaner and a non-abrasive scrubbing pad, while being sure to follow the instructions on the label of the product.

How to: Combat spillages and stains

If you have a busy family home you can guarantee that you’ll get at least one spillage or stain from time to time, so it’s essential that you find a safe way to treat them.

First things first, always use a clean, white cloth or towel when cleaning vinyl flooring and rinse the floor with water once you’ve finished.

Cleaning vinyl floor

To remove the most common stains, which include food, juices, grass and pet accidents, use the following methods:

1. Use a vinyl flooring cleaner for the area
2. Scrub with a non-abrasive scrubbing pad
3. Treat with lemon juice or cream of tartar (especially for rust stains)
4. For ink or hair dye, always rub with isopropyl alcohol

By following these simple tips, there’s no reason why your stylish vinyl flooring won’t keep its shine and fantastic appearance for many years to come.

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