Knowledge about Vinyl Maintenance
Flooring, no matter how new or beautiful, is meant to be walked
upon. Vinyl flooring is no exception. Time and the onslaught of
foot traffic will most certainly take its toll. But take heart,
keeping your vinyl flooring as beautiful and inviting as the day
it was installed just requires a little knowledge.
So check out the following advice and be a little smarter about
smart and stylish vinyl flooring.
Consistency is the key.
New vinyl floors are extremely durable and long lasting, but like
any floor covering they still need regular maintenance to stay
looking like new.
Follow these general guidelines for vinyl flooring. For more
detailed information always refer to the manufacturer's written
floor care procedures.
Know this about time and temperature.
For the first 24 hours after your new vinyl floor is installed,
protect all the seamed areas and don't walk on the seam sealer.
Keep the room at 68° F or greater for at least 2 days after
installation to allow the adhesives to setup properly.
Do not roll heavy objects directly on to a newly installed vinyl
floor for at least 5 days. This can cause the vinyl and adhesive
to become compressed, and once the adhesive sets up any
compressed marks will become permanent.
Allow 5 days before thoroughly washing your floor. This will give
the adhesive time to cure.
It’s smart to spread your weight around.
Before moving heavy objects across your vinyl floor, hold on!
Always lay plywood or underlayment sheets down to disperse the
Before placing chairs or furniture on your new vinyl floor check
the condition of all the casters or rollers before setting them
on your floor. Replace any worn casters or rollers.
Protect your vinyl floor by covering the legs of furniture with
Get down and dirty with dirt.
Remove dust, sand and grit particles frequently by sweeping or
vacuuming your vinyl floor.
Don’t use a vacuum with a beater bar as it may scratch your
The attachments that come with your vacuum are useful to clean
the edges or to get to hard to reach areas
When sweeping or vacuuming does not remove the dirt, mop the
floor with clean warm water.
Rinse the floor thoroughly with fresh water. If water alone does
not clean the surface, use cleaning products recommended by the
If you are unable to determine the manufacturer’s
recommendations, use one tablespoon of liquid dish washing
detergent to one quart of water.
Or use one tablespoon of clear ammonia to one quart of lukewarm
water. Make sure you rinse the surface to avoid leaving behind a
Finally, think prevention. Place non-staining, walk-off mats or
rugs at every outside entry to your room.
This will help keep sand and grit from being tracked on to your
floor in the first place.
Just be sure to avoid using rubber-backed mats or rugs as they
can damage and potentially discolor your floor.
Instead use mats or rugs made especially for vinyl floors and
remember to treat them accordingly. Shake, shake, shake!
Spills happen. Use these tips.
For spots or spills, wipe them up immediately and use a clean
cloth to wipe the cleaner onto the floor.
Make sure the floor’s manufacturer recommends the cleaner and
that the product label indicates “self-cleaning,” meaning you
will not get an accumulation of wax on your floor.
Rinse the spot or spill area thoroughly and wipe dry with a clean
Avoid using abrasive scrubbing tools as they will leave
Never use abrasive cleaners, soaps, paste waxes, or solvents on
your vinyl floor
How to get the old sparkle back.
If your floor becomes dull looking, first, try cleaning it with
lukewarm water and clear ammonia to see if there’s a film on your
floor causing the dullness. (Exact proportions of water to
ammonia are stated above.)
If that doesn’t work, use the manufacturer's recommended floor
polish to restore your vinyl floor to its original gloss level.
If you purchased a PVC vinyl floor you should consider placing
2-3 coats of the manufacturer’s recommended floor polish on the
Any vinyl floor with a PVC wearlayer will show scuffs, scratches
and other marks very easily. By adding the coats of floor polish
you will make the floor easier to maintain.
For serious damage, call on the pros.
If you have a seam open, cover it immediately, do not wash that
area, and contact us for a vinyl floor covering professional to
repair the seam.
If your floor gets a cut or gouge in it, cover the area
immediately and call us. A professional installer can repair the
area, but if the cut is filled with dirt it may be difficult to
For more maintenance information specific to your vinyl flooring,
remember to consult the manufacturers’ recommendations.
You can’t avoid wear on your vinyl flooring, but knowing how to
care for and maintain it can keep you floor in beautiful
condition and make it a source of pride for years to come.