How do I clean my vinyl floor?
Vinyl flooring is an attractive, durable and easy to maintain solution for your home or office flooring requirements. Vinyl tiles can handle a fair amount of foot traffic, and they need to be kept clean in order to preserve their appeal and to extend their lifespan. With the proper care and maintenance, your vinyl tiles can continue to improve the appearance and hygiene of your environment for many years to come.
A daily programme of dusting and sweeping is recommended to keep your floors in tip-top condition. Once a week, we recommend that you clean your floors with a damp cloth or mop. A vacuum cleaner using the brush attachment/application can be used to remove grit from the floor surface, before moving on to wet cleaning. Keep the amount of water you use on your floors to a minimum to avoid pooling which could damage your floor and bear in mind that lighter floors will need to be cleaned more often.
An economical and effective spot remover for vinyl flooring is apple cider vinegar, which removes dirt and grime without leaving any traces of soapy buildup. Most day to day food stains can be removed with a damp cloth any stubborn stains you can use a paste of baking soda and water.
Do not use floor polish, floor cleaning wax or oil soaps as these products could leave an unattractive residue on the floor surface, or worse, damage your flooring.
How can I protect my vinyl flooring?
The best way to protect your vinyl flooring is to keep up a daily and weekly maintenance and care routine. This will minimise the amount of dirt and grit on the floor which could lead to scratching and degradation of the floor surface. Avoid abrasions of the floor surface by utilising, where possible walk on/off mats, especially from outdoor areas. DO NOT use rubber backed mats on top of the vinyl surface, these can cause the vinyl to discolour or turn yellow.
When cleaning your floor, avoid excessive use of water which could result in pooling on and damage of the floor surface. Wipe up spills immediately with plain water which will also prevent stains. Spot treat stains as soon as possible using a nylon pad and a neutral detergent, which must be rinsed off the surface with clean water.
By adhering to a sensible care and maintenance routine, you can extend the life and attractiveness of your vinyl flooring and it will continue to add value to your home, and to your living space.
Tips for preventing damage
- Use felt tip protectors underneath your furniture. The heavier the item, the wider the felt protectors will need to be to avoid permanent indentations to your vinyl tiles. Clean the felt protectors often to ensure that embedded grit cannot damage the surface of your vinyl flooring.
- Use doormats to trap dirt before it comes into your house or office. 80% of dirt can be stopped from ever entering the room by the use of dirt-trapping mats at all the entrances to the vinyl floored area.
- Never slide furniture across the floor. Instead, lay down a sheet of plywood or a blanket when moving heavy objects or furniture across the surface of the floor.
- Keep floors clean. Dust and mop your floor regularly in order to preserve the overall appearance of your floors and increase the frequency of cleaning in high-trafficked areas.
- Use rugs in busy areas of your home or office. Do not opt for rubber-backed or latex-backed mats as these will cause discolouration of your floor, rather choose non-staining polypropylene rugs, colourfast woven rugs, Persian rugs or vinyl-backed rugs.
- In order to prevent damage of the floor surface, avoid using a beater-bar attachment when vacuuming. Do not use abrasive detergents and do not let pets with untrimmed nails walk on the floor. Be aware of the damage that is caused by stiletto heels and avoid ammonia-based cleaners as these will lead to cracking.
- Extreme heat will have an adverse effect on your vinyl flooring, so keep heaters, ashes or coals at a safe distance away from your vinyl floor.