The Ultimate Guide To Vinyl Flooring Maintenance
Vinyl flooring is easy to clean and maintain, without a long list of precautions and special requirements as you may see with other materials. Most days you can keep his client favourite clean with a sweep and light mop. However, follow these recommendations for both basic and in-depth care to keep it looking its best.
It is best to clean your vinyl flooring at least once per week
If you have a spill or other mess that is out of the ordinary, it should be tidied up as soon as possible to avoid stains or stuck-on grime. That will protect your floors and make your regular maintenance much more manageable. Begin your cleaning routine with a vacuum or dry mop to remove dirt, dust, and hair. That will prepare the area for wet mopping with a cleaning solution. You may have seen commercial cleaners that are designed for use on vinyl flooring. These will work, but you can easily make your own mixture that will effectively remove dirt without leaving any soapy residue behind.
Start with four litres of hot water and add one cup of apple cider vinegar. Use a damp mop to apply the cleaner, and frequently rinse the mop with clean, warm water. Adding vinegar helps the water cut through dirt and lift it away without leaving a film. If you need a stronger solution, then adding just a few drops of liquid dishwashing soap to the hot water and vinegar mixture will do the trick. Pass the mop one time with the soap solution, and then do a second mopping with just water and vinegar for gleaming floors.
Use a Doormat
Grit, dirt, and pebbles can wear away at the finish on your vinyl floor and asphalt contains chemicals that can contribute to yellowing over time. A door mat will help to contain both of these hazards and reduces the likelihood of these materials being tracked through the home.
Put Protection Under Furniture
Heavy-duty, permanent appliances like refrigerators are a lot of weight for any surface to take and, although durable, vinyl does have its limits. You can find floor protectors at any hardware store and using them on your large items will go a long way to avoiding dents.
Avoid or Soften Rollers
Rolling chairs are convenient but they can cause damage over time. Apply felt tips to the wheels to keep them from causing scratches.
When moving furniture, it’s better to lift than to drag or push. If the item is too large or heavy to lift, consider a tarp or plywood sheeting to serve as a pathway.
Damp mopping will work magic
If you are new to vinyl flooring, then this may sound like an overstatement, but one of the easiest ways to keep your floors consistently clean is simplyto do a light mop on a regular basis. Doing so will prevent grime from accumulating. Don’t worry about overcomplicating this tip; for general maintenance, just dampening your mop with clean water can provide excellent results.
Avoid excessive water
Notice the recommendation for only adamp mop – there is no need to slop a bucket of water around or to drench your floors. You will also want to ensure that you clean away any wet spills right away. Not only can some substances get sticky when left to sit, but excessive moisture can permeate tile seams and edges. That could lead to damage if the liquid seeps through and destroys the glue that holds your vinyl to the floor, causing loose tiles or curled up corners.
Steam hurts more than helps
If your floors are looking dull, it may be tempting to try a deep steam clean to remove any grime and restore your shiny finish. However, the combination of excessive heat, pressure, and moisture can damage the glue that holds down your vinyl tiles and may even warp or destroy the vinyl itself. Read on for our top tip to keep your vinyl gleaming.
You can do your best to avoid scuffs, but if they happen, there’s no need to be discouraged. Take a can of WD-40 and spray a towel or scrap rag with some oil. Rub and buff the scuff marks vigorously with the towel until they disappear. You can clean away the WD-40 with hot water and cider vinegar.
Add brilliant shine with vinegar and baby oil
As is so often the case with cleaning vinyl flooring, less is more. When you want to put an extra shine on your floors, just add a cup of vinegar and a few drops of baby oil to four litres of warm water and dampen your mop with the solution. The vinegar will lift dirt without leaving a residue like so many soapy cleaning products tend to do. The baby oil will lend a beautiful shine without clouding your finish. The real trick to maintaining beautiful vinyl floors is keeping your approach consistent and straightforward. With these tricks up your sleeve, you can enjoy a no-fuss cleaning routine.
Removing rust from vinyl
You might assume that a strong, chemical cleaning product is required to remove something like rust, but a simple mixture of lemon juice and cream of tartar can easily lift away all traces. Mix the solution in a small container and apply a small amount then rub gently with a cloth. Rinse away the cleaner when you’re finished.
Rubbing alcohol can remove many stains and marks
Isopropyl alcohol can be found at most pharmacies as it is a first aid product, but it does wonders for stain removal too. Pen ink, markers, even nail polish and hair dye stains can be lifted with the application of rubbing alcohol. Try dipping a cloth and rubbing the area for a few seconds then rinse away.
Close the curtains
In rooms with extreme sunlight, it is recommended to close the curtains or blinds since a combination of heat and sunlight can cause even the most resilient of floors to fade and discolour.
Stay away from bleach or ammonia
The caustic nature of these corrosive types of cleaner mean that the surface layers of your floor could be damaged by their direct application. As well, harsh fumes and chemicals aren’t necessary to keep vinyl flooring sparkling clean. PH neutral cleaners make a gentler choice for you and your floors.
Ideally, any spills that happen will be cleaned up before they have a chance to set or stain
However, if you’re faced with stains from anything acidic (common examples will be ketchup, fruit juice, wine, or tomato sauce), baking soda paste can work like magic. Mix a ratio of 2:1 baking soda and water, and rub the mixture onto the stained area with a soft towel. Once the stain has lifted, rinse the baking soda off the floor with a vinegar and water mixture. For marks that are non-acidic, such as crayons, ink, lipstick or paint, you can brush the spot with a toothbrush dipped in rubbing alcohol. Use a steady but gentle pressure, and restrain yourself from scrubbing with anything harsher like steel wool because this can damage the flooring with scratches.
When cleaning, learn to use low-impact techniques to prevent damages to your vinyl floors
Although it can be very tempting to blast away the dirt, chemicals and grit with heavy-duty cleaners, we recommend cleaning with the mildest possible method to preserve its beauty and aesthetics. Try to sweep or vacuum the floors everyday and to wipe up spills promptly to avoid the need for heavy-duty cleaning. If sweeping or vacuuming is insufficient, you can use a damp cloth with warm water, soap or a cleanser. Be careful not to drench your vinyl floors as excess water can get into the seams and destroy the glue bond. If you are choosing to use soap, make sure to rinse well and remove all the soap because a film left behind can collect dirt. If you are using a cleanser, be certain to check that it is the right cleanser for no-wax vinyl floors and rinse thoroughly.
Preserve the sheen of vinyl without the need for waxing
Vinyl flooring has a clear, protective polyurethane coating that gives it shine and gleam, there it does not need wax to maintain a clean and new appearance. If you do attempt to wax your floors, you will find that wax does not adhere well to the polyurethane coating and leaves behind a mess that must be strip away. If your flooring does lose its shine, simply restore it with a polish or sealant made for this purpose. Fit your furniture and large appliances with protective feet. The heavy weight of furniture and appliances can dent the vinyl. The best method to prevent such damages is to fit the legs of these with floor protectors, which can be found in hardware stores or home-improvement centres.
Don’t waste your money on paste wax polishes for your vinyl flooring. If you want extra shine, just add a few drops of baby oil to your bucket of hot water and vinegar when you’re doing a regular clean, and you’ll be amazed by the perfectly shiny results you achieve.
If you have any other questions regarding the care and maintenance of your vinyl floors, please do not hesitate to contact Chestnut Flooring for more information. We are happy to help provide tips and instructions on how to keep your vinyl beautiful and long-lasting.
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