How to Clean Your Luxury Vinyl Flooring

So you’ve checked out the pros and cons. And like so many other homeowners and businesses, you’ve made the switch to vinyl flooring. But now that it’s installed, how do you take care of it?

Vinyl flooring is waterproof, kidproof, and petproof — so it’s already well protected and made to last. But if you take really great care of it, your flooring can last almost indefinitely. And whether you’ve chosen luxury vinyl for your kitchen, bathroom, dining room, or basement: cleaning and maintaining that beautiful shine is easy. Just as long as you follow a few simple rules.

And fortunately, we’ve got some great tips to help you do just that.

  • Everyday Use: Always clean up spills immediately; the longer those spills sit, the harder they are to remove. And to avoid scuffs and scratches, always remember to equip your heavy furniture and appliances with flat, non-staining floor protectors. Never drag, push, or pull your furniture across the vinyl. Even furniture equipped with rollers can damage your floors; so, whenever possible, always lift furniture to move it.

  • Everyday Sweeping: Keeping dust and debris from collecting on vinyl floors is your first line of defense. Small particles of dirt act like sandpaper across the vinyl, especially with increased foot traffic, and it can ruin your floor’s finish quickly. Simply sweep or vacuum once a day, every single day, to avoid this sandpaper effect. It’s even a good idea to purchase one decent broom that is dedicated to this single purpose: sweeping your vinyl.

  • Recommended Cleaners: Your primary option would be to use the vinyl specific cleaners that are recommended by the manufacturer. An alternative option, would be pure, apple cider vinegar. It removes all of the dirt and grime without leaving a buildup or residue. And although the scent of vinegar is not particularly pleasant, it evaporates very quickly. Using vinegar is easy: Mix one cup with a gallon of hot water. Use a damp mop in the solution and wipe down your floors. Rinse the mop frequently throughout the process. And you can always add a capful of dishwashing liquid to the mixture if your floors are really dirty. Use a plain and simple sponge or string mop. Never use scrubbing tools, hard brushes, or steel wool, as they can be too abrasive on your vinyl.

  • Some Final Tips: Mats and throw-rugs are a great way to add another layer of protection for your vinyl. Especially around entrances and other high-traffic areas. Also avoid bleaches and ammonia, as they can break down the vinyl materials and cause cracks. And never use a “beater bar” attachment on a vacuum, as this might damage your vinyl.

Contact the SMART Carpet and Flooring Expert

If you’re looking to try luxury vinyl for your next flooring job, or any other flooring choice, it’s always a good idea to call an expert if you have questions. We have years of experience, and we can offer tips to save you extra time and money.

If you’re in the Tri-State area, call SMART Carpet and Flooring at 1-800-526-RUGS (7847) for more information or advice. Our highly qualified specialists can bring our mobile showroom right to your house, at a time that is most convenient for you.

Call now to schedule an appointment!