If you have recently installed vinyl flooring in your home or are thinking of adding it then read on to learn how to look after it properly.

1. Vinyl flooring maintenance

kitchen vinyl

Vinyl flooring is known for being fuss-free and low-maintenance. However, there are still a few things you’ll need to do to keep it looking great.

How should you prepare newly laid vinyl flooring?

Upon installation and before you begin moving your furniture into the room, make sure you remove all debris and sweep and hoover the flooring to get rid of dust leftover from the installation.

Will my furniture damage vinyl flooring?

Vinyl flooring tends to get damaged most just after installation – when furniture is placed back into a room. Although it should be resistant to most dents and indentations caused by heavy furniture, you still need to proceed with caution.

Ensure all furniture legs are smooth and won’t mar your vinyl and replace any narrow, glass or dome shaped glides with smooth protectors to ensure your vinyl remains intact when it comes into contact with this furniture. Fit felt or rubber covers to casters and feet for added cushioning that will protect the surface of your vinyl.

It is also important to never push, pull or drag heavy furniture across your vinyl flooring as this can mark, scratch and damage the surface. Instead, you should always lift or wheel in any sofas, tables or chairs as this will prevent scuffing and other marks from occurring.

Does vinyl flooring need underlay?

Underlay isn’t needed for sheet vinyl flooring.

How can you prevent damage to vinyl flooring?

It is important to keep sharp objects away from the surface and avoiding sliding or dragging anything across it. Messy floors and debris can cause damage to vinyl over long periods of time so make sure the surface is cleaned regularly.

2. Cleaning and repairing vinyl flooring

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Just like maintenance, cleaning and repairing vinyl flooring is relatively hassle-free and requires just a small amount of regular upkeep.

How do you clean vinyl flooring?

Loose debris, dust and dirt should be removed from vinyl flooring regularly. This can be done using a soft brush or with gentle vacuuming.

Vinyl floor is non-absorbent which means any liquids will sit on the surface in puddles. This can damage the floor if left for long periods of time and also presents potential slip hazards to you and your family.

Wipe spillages immediately and use a well wrung out mop or damp cloth to wash the surface; ensuring it dries out completely before walking on it again. Warm water and a light soap will usually be enough to remove stains but products like bicarbonate of soda can also be handy on a tough stain.

What cleaning chemicals are safe to use with vinyl flooring?

Not all chemicals will be suitable for use on vinyl floors and you should always read the label before applying to your floors. You should also make sure products are pet and child-safe if using in family homes and always opt for natural ingredients wherever possible.

Never use abrasive scourers on vinyl floors as this can cause permanent damage to the surface.

How do you treat stains on vinyl flooring?

Begin by using a white damp cloth or towel to clean the surface with warm water. Once you have done this you, use a vinyl flooring cleaner which can be purchased from specialist stores and rub the mark with a non-abrasive cloth to remove the mark or stain.

Depending on the colour and design of your vinyl flooring, you can use the following chemicals to remove stains:

  • Bleach (diluted with water) – for stubborn stains caused by food or drink
  • Alcohol – for tougher stains

One of the main benefits of vinyl flooring is that water will never damage the quality of function of it. Unlike wood or oak flooring, homeowners are not limited to the amount of water they can use on their flooring to maintain its stunning appearance. This is just one reason why vinyl flooring is a more practical alternative to many other flooring options currently in the market.

Safety precautions of vinyl flooring

All products from Carpetright are safety tested however, it is important to keep vinyl flooring away from fire and naked flames to maintain maximum safety.

If you need after care or buying guides for any other types of flooring then visit our guides section!