Taking care of your vinyl flooring

By Joanne Loos Posted in: ImproveThe Fix is In

My family and I moved into our home about a year and a half ago. Although it’s an older home, the previous owners updated several areas before putting it on the market. Luckily for us, these updates included big things like new roofing, gutters, kitchen cabinetry, counter-tops and flooring.

With the look and feel of hardwood, our vinyl plank flooring has been a fan favorite. Friends or family members always comment on how much they love the flooring. Not only does it look and feel good, but vinyl flooring has the added benefit of being easy to maintain. Still, there are some basics to keep in mind.

APPLY PROTECTION

Vinyl flooring is very durable, but it is not indestructible. The team at H & C Flooring and Stone recommends applying felt protectors to the bottoms of chairs and other pieces of furniture to prevent scratching.

SWEEP UP

Even if you remove your shoes, dust, crumbs and other tiny particles are bound to make their way to your floors. The small particles can create tiny scratches on the floor when they are tracked across the room, according to the H & C Flooring and Stone team. Make a habit of sweeping and/or vacuuming regularly to keep them at bay.

GO EASY

Harsh chemicals can damage the flooring and dull it over time. Use only gentle cleansers instead. H & C Flooring and Stone recommends diluting one cup of apple cider vinegar in one gallon of water for mopping. You should also stay away from hard bristles with the potential for scratching whenever possible and opt for a soft cloth instead. If you have a steam mop or a Swiffer, those are fine choices as well, said Wen Cao, of H & C. Just remember not to saturate your floors.

LOOK IT UP

Chances are, your flooring manufacturer has a guide posted online for how to best maintain your specific flooring. Find it with an online search or consult your local flooring experts for advice. Some manufacturers have specific product recommendations for maintenance and offer suggestions that may counter the tips above, such as using vinegar or steam mops. Double-check before proceeding.

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