How To Care For & Clean Vinyl Floors

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Vinyl flooring has come a long way in the past few decades. Long gone are the roll-on stickers that your grandparents used to cover up problem areas in their home. Modern vinyl flooring is not only durable, but it is one of the best alternatives to traditionally expensive flooring materials like hardwood. If you have vinyl flooring installed in your home, there are a few simple things that you can do to not only keep your flooring clean and beautiful but to help extend the lifespan of your vinyl floors. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of vinyl flooring or are interested in replacing your floors, contact the elite team here at Edwards Carpet & Flooring today. Here are three tips to help you keep your vinyl flooring looking beautiful for years to come.

Cleaning Scuffs & Stains

No matter how careful you are with your floors, they will inevitably pick up some dings, scratches, scuffs, and stains. Luckily, with vinyl flooring, minor damage like scuffs and stains are no major issue as long as you follow a few simple steps. For tough stains like paint, ink, or any other tough stain, you can use a small amount of rubbing alcohol and a soft-bristle brush. You can also use alcohol-based cleaners or any other vinyl flooring cleaning solution to treat these areas. Scratches can be treated in a similar manner, using WD-40 on a towel and rub the area until the scuff or scratch can’t be seen.  Alternatively, there are vinyl fillers that you can use to match the color of your flooring if the cut is deep enough to merit major filling.

Weekly Cleaning Routine

As with any other flooring material, vinyl planks will require a basic weekly cleaning routine to help keep your floors looking great and free of debris. It may not seem like dirt and grime would cause any issues, but small pebbles and other abrasive materials that you bring in can easily cause extensive damage to your floors, especially in high-traffic areas like entryways. You can easily reduce the risk to your flooring by vacuuming or mopping every other day. If you notice any small pebbles or other potentially damaging debris, pick them up and clear them away immediately. As a tip, always start cleaning from high to low, dusting areas like shelves and cleaning off tables first so that you can clean the floor in one quick trip. If you think this sounds like too much work for you make sure that you clean any areas that you travel through regularly to reduce the damage from foot traffic.

Maintenance Tips

As we said earlier, one of the biggest threats to your vinyl flooring is the debris and dirt you bring in from outside. Try to keep any doormats free from dirt, as debris can easily get trapped under these mats and cause damage underneath them. Make sure that you never use paste or wax polishes on your vinyl flooring, as it will leave a film on the floor that will build up over time. If you are looking to add a bit of shine to your floor you can add a mixture of baby oil and vinegar into the water you use to mop.

If you are interested in learning more about vinyl flooring or want to upgrade your space, come into Edwards Carpets & Flooring today or contact us today for a free consultation