Tips for Cleaning & Maintaining Vinyl Floors

One of the biggest concerns for homeowners & renters alike is preserving the life of their home’s flooring. Each flooring material calls for different specified cleaning needs, and vinyl flooring has it’s own set of requirements to ensure they stay new looking for as long as possible. Using incorrect methods for maintaining your vinyl floors will cause them to look dirty & worn out much faster. To preserve the life of your vinyl flooring, check out these tips:

Sweep Frequently

Sweeping on a regular basis is essential to keeping a clean home & maintaining your vinyl floors. If not swept on a regular basis, dirt particles from regular wear can get ground into vinyl floors and cause a look of premature aging. This is especially important for homes with pets or general high foot traffic – Regardless of flooring material, you might even consider instating a no shoes policy past a certain point in the home.

Remove Product Films

Vinyl flooring is a popular choice for bathrooms, which is the room where the most hair & beauty products are sprayed and can build up on the surrounding areas. Regular removal of product build up is imperative to keeping up your floor’s appearance (and cabinets & counters, too!). Use soap or shampoo remove product residue from your vinyl flooring, and then thoroughly rinse away any remaining soap with a damp mop.

Use Proper Cleaning Solutions

Vinyl floors should not be cleaned with any harsh cleaning solutions, as certain chemicals can quickly break down the important top sealant layer. Instead, use cleaning solutions specially formulated for your floors. It is also important to keep in mind to avoid wax cleaners for floors that don’t call for a wax coating. Using the wrong cleaner can result in a film buildup & dull look. If you notice your floors looking dull even when correctly cleaned, you may use an extra sealant layer to restore their shine.

Avoid Saturation

Water should be used in moderation to clean vinyl flooring. If vinyl floors are over saturated, moisture can get into small cracks and corners and into the glue bonding underneath. This will essentially unstick a layer of your floor, causing bubbling and peeling that will end up a major issue. To avoid soaking through a layer of your floors, avoid steam cleaning and only use damp – not soaked – mops. This may involve rinsing soap off more than once with a damp mop.

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