Caring for your flooring
Vinyl flooring care guide
Vinyl flooring is a favourite choice for flooring in the home, as it is durable, water-resistant, and available in a fantastic choice of patterns and colours. With proper care and regular maintenance, your new vinyl flooring can stay looking at its best for many years to come.
It starts at installation
When your vinyl flooring has been fitted, try to avoid walking on it for the first 24 hours, to allow any adhesive used to dry and for everything to ‘settle’. If this isn’t possible, at least try to keep away from any seams or edges. We’d recommend that you wait at least three days after your vinyl flooring has been fitted before cleaning it with water or any type of cleaning product, to ensure the flooring adhesive is completely dry.
One of the great benefits of vinyl flooring is that it handles dust and dirt much better than many other flooring surfaces, but regular maintenance is still required to keep your vinyl looking at its best.
Sweep or vacuum your vinyl flooring regularly to remove any loose dirt and dust, and follow this with a ‘once-over’ with a damp mop. Please do not use harsh scrubbing tools or strong cleaning products as they can cause damage to vinyl and dull the colour.
Cleaning up spills
It is important to wipe up any spills as soon as they happen with a clean cloth or paper towel, and then rinse the area with a little water. The longer a spill is left, the more chance it has to permanently stain your flooring, so tackle them as quickly as you can. For more stubborn spills, use a gentle vinyl floor cleaner, combined with a non-abrasive scrubbing pad. Our favourite tip is using a little lemon juice added to warm water – an excellent natural way of getting rid of stains!
As with carpets, vinyl flooring can be damaged or faded by overexposure to natural light. This can be kept to a minimum by using curtains or blinds to reduce the amount of sunlight that enters your room.
Protect your floor
We’d recommend using floor protectors on the legs and wheels of your furniture to help reduce dents and scratches. Floor protectors will also help you to move your furniture around more easily. We’d also advise using mats in front of doors to help trap dirt and stop it from being spread over your floor. Rugs are also great to protect your vinyl flooring in high-traffic areas, but when using mats or rugs we’d advise that you use anti-slip underlay to stop them slipping around when they are stepped on.