Vinyl floors are remarkably durable and can withstand scratches, stains, and impacts, but they still require proper care and maintenance.
Fortunately, as anyone who’s seen Toronto’s vinyl flooring can attest, the material is low-maintenance and can be easily cared for with a few simple steps and tips. Take a look at the best ways to keep your floors in peak condition.
Keep Dust Under Control
A soft bristle broom or dust mop is the best tool to use when sweeping. Regular sweep the room at least once or twice a week to keep dust under control and prevent debris from building up. If part of the room connects outside, it may be worth sweeping on a more daily basis to better control any dirt and grit that gets tracked inside.
Some sources will advise against vacuuming a vinyl floor in Toronto because of the high risk of scratching the surface. This is an issue that can arise with larger, heavy vacuums but you can negate it by simply removing the beater bar beforehand. Without the bar, you can vacuum to your heart’s content without risk of scrapes or scratches. Some vacuum models also have a “bare floor mode” that you can engage beforehand.
There are a few things to keep in mind when mopping the floor. The first is to use two mops—one for soap and one for rinsing. This will give you the best result and clean up any soap scum that the first pass may have left behind. The second point to note is that you should avoid using more water than needed. These floors are waterproof but liquid can still slip in through the space between tiles if you aren’t careful. Third, don’t use hot water. Warm is fine, but hot water can damage the surface layer. This also means that you should avoid methods or tools, such as steam mops, that rely on high-temperature cleaning.
Abrasive cleaners or tools like wire wool are commonly used for dealing with sticky buildups and grime but these methods need to be avoided when cleaning vinyl flooring in Toronto. The reason is because abrasive tools can damage the outer layer of the floor and abrasive cleaners can leave behind a dull film that simply make the surface look dirtier than when you started. Incidentally, some detergents also fall into the abrasive category—avoid products that offer acidic “fast shine” results. As the saying goes, prevention is the best cure, and doormats are one of the easiest ways to protect your flooring from outdoor hazards. Not only does grit act like sandpaper against your floor but asphalt particles and the like will come with chemicals that can further wear away at the floor and cause yellowing over time.
Here’s a handy tip to keep in your back pocket. If you ever find yourself trying to clean up scuffs that won’t go away with a standard mopping, spray some WD-40 on a soft cloth and you can rub those marks right off.