Want to keep your vinyl floor looking new for as long as possible? Read our blog filled with tips to keep your flooring looking brand new for years to come!
Use a Doormat
Keep a doormat at entrances into your home to protect your vinyl floors from dirt, moisture, and chemicals. Any dirt or grit that is brought in can act like sandpaper and remove the finish from the floors. It’s easy to see tracked-in dirt, but what you can’t see is chemicals from asphalt on shoes and tile. The chemicals can even cause your floors to start turning yellow!
The best part about using a doormat is the fun you can have! Choose a doormat with a quirky saying, seasonal pattern or even customize a monogram for your family.
Keep Your Floors Clean
Be proactive by keeping your floors clean! Sweep or vacuum regularly to make sure there is nothing on the floor to damage the finish. When needed, wash your floor using the appropriate cleanser—like a Carpetland USA cleaning product, available at your local store.
What Cleanser are You Using?
Pay attention to the cleanser you’re using and what type of floor you have. No-wax vinyl needs to be cleaned differently than older vinyl that does require waxing—and be sure to follow the directions on the cleaner for best results. Watch our YouTube video for more tips on properly cleaning and maintaining your floors!
Be Careful with Water!
When you do need to mop your floor, be careful not to soak your vinyl floors with water. Water can get into any crack or seam and destroy the glue holding down the tiles. It’s best to use a damp mop and remove as much water as possible when finished. This will protect your floors from coming loose and keep the corners from curling.
Keep your floors shiny and clean by removing all traces of soap when mopping. Any remaining soap will leave a film and soap scum on the floors and collects dirt faster. A great tip is to use two mops when cleanser is needed to clean your floors—one mop is used for washing, and the other is for rinsing.
Protect Your Floor from Scratches
From heavy furniture to rolling casters, there are many items in your home that can create scratches in your vinyl floors. Prevent your furniture and appliances from scratching the floor by using felt or floor protectors on the legs of those items. Floor protectors will also prevent dents in the tiles. Similarly, rolling casters can damage the floor as well. Avoid furniture with rolling casters, or replace them with felt tips.
If you’re about to move, or replace furniture or appliances, be careful with how you move the items. If you drag or push furniture you can easily scratch and scuff the floor. The best way to avoid this is to lay a sheet of plywood on the path you’ll take when moving your furniture or appliances.
Bonus Cleaning Tip!
Having trouble removing sticky hairspray residue from your floors? Mix shampoo into warm water and mop the stickiness away!
Keep your vinyl floors looking like new by taking care of them properly and keeping them clean. For more information on cleaning and maintaining your floors, watch our latest YouTube video!