Vinyl flooring has become more popular in recent years, especially since the latest real estate market boom. Vinyl flooring is a great, cost-effective way to enhance a space without sacrificing durability and aesthetic. Vinyl comes in many different colors, patterns, and textures, making it easy for home renovators to find an affordable solution to flooring dilemmas that will add charm and value to a home while maintaining a budget. Depending on the type of flooring you choose, ongoing maintenance and care is critical in order to retain the original shine. It is important to know how to care for your vinyl floor so that it lasts for an extended period of time. Here are some tips on how you can best maintain your vinyl flooring:
Limit water use
It can be tempting for those of us who are used to other types of flooring to simply fill up a bucket with soap and water and mop our floors as usual. However, excessive amounts of water can be highly damaging to vinyl flooring. The potential for the water to leak under the flooring is great, and the after effects are not pleasant: moisture can become trapped under the floor, causing it to warp from beneath, or even grow mold in severe cases. Using water to clean your vinyl flooring isn’t a total taboo; in fact, water can help rinse off harmful chemicals after cleaning—but water usage should be done in extreme moderation, and the floor should be dried immediately after cleaning. Water buildup is one of the quickest ways to ruin your vinyl flooring, so make sure you keep it dry!
Find the right cleaning products
Not all floor-cleaning materials are the best for vinyl flooring. Cleaning tools like mops can gather and spread dirt, grinding debris into a fine paste that causes etching and dullness over time. One of the most attractive elements of vinyl flooring is its shiny surface—some products can strip that shine right away. Abrasive chemical cleaners can strip vinyl coatings that keep the floor shiny and new looking, making them appear dull and worn out. Sometimes cutting your cleaner with water can help, but it is best to find the right cleaning solution for your vinyl flooring that was designed specifically for it. Consulting with your trusted flooring provider can help eliminate some of the guesswork.
Protect it from scratches
Furniture, shoes, dirt and debris, and animal nails can do a real number on any type of flooring, including vinyl. It is important to protect your flooring from the daily elements of life that can cause significant damage over time. Furniture legs should have protective grips beneath them, creating a cushiony barrier to prevent scratches, and you can make use of large area rugs beneath larger furniture. Rugs themselves tend to shift and move when walked on, grinding dirt and dust into the flooring; look for rug pads or grips that do not leave a sticky residue on your floor. Another way to protect your floor from scratches is to keep a doormat at every entrance—inside and out; this can significantly reduce the amount of debris that is tracked in from shoes. Some people may go so far as to request that everyone remove their shoes before entering. Lastly, if you have pets, keep their nails short and well filed. If you need help finding furniture leg padding or rug grips, consult your flooring provider for the most highly recommended products.
Since 1993, the flooring experts here at Hardwooderia have earned us the reputation of Conejo Valley’s number one flooring source. We offer discount pricing for Moorpark, Chatsworth, Thousand Oaks, and Westlake Village areas, just to name a few. If you have questions about vinyl flooring options, or would like to know more about how to maintain your flooring, contact us for more information. Our goal is to make sure that our clients are satisfied with their flooring for years to come, and proper ongoing maintenance is the best way to ensure its longevity. Vinyl flooring is one of our best sellers, and we are familiar with the most effective care methods. Before attempting to clean your new vinyl flooring, give us a call for some more suggestions.