Luxury vinyl floors are made from various synthetic materials like polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and manufactured to look like natural wood or stone. Vinyl floors can be a solid sheet or cut into tiles or planks. Luxury vinyl is an effective flooring material, especially when properly cared for. Learn the best ways to clean and care for luxury vinyl flooring.
Best Practices for Luxury Vinyl Floor Maintenance
Knowing how to care for luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring ensures you’re properly cleaning and maintaining your floors. Each type of flooring needs different maintenance, so here are a few best practices to keep in mind when caring for luxury vinyl floors. Always remember to check your floor manufacturer’s instructions before cleaning to ensure you don’t accidentally damage it.
Sweep or Vacuum Daily
Dirt and loose debris can scratch your LVP or luxury vinyl tile (LVT) floors, especially as people walk on it and grind the dirt into the floor. To prevent small scratches and knicks in your flooring, sweep, dry mop or vacuum daily, especially in high-traffic areas like doorways and kitchens. If vacuuming daily would be difficult to fit into your schedule, consider implementing a robot vacuum.
Clean Spills Immediately
Our vinyl flooring is waterproof with 24 to 72 hour guaranteed protection, though spills and leaks should be wiped up promptly. If liquid is allowed to sit on LVP or LVT floors, it can seep into the seams, causing the flooring to buckle and lift. Additionally, mold can form under the vinyl, which can cause serious issues in the future.
Avoid Abrasive Cleaners
While you may think abrasive cleaners are deep cleaning your LVP or LVT floors, they actually do more damage than good. Abrasive cleaners and cleaning materials like bristle brushes will scratch your flooring and cause significant damage. Opt for non-abrasive cleaners and soft materials such as microfiber.
Limit Direct Sunlight and Extreme Heat
Extreme and direct sunlight and heat can discolor and damage most home surfaces, including LVP and LVT flooring. Filter direct sunlight to reduce fading and control where hot air and heat are aimed to prevent discoloration of your floors.
How to Care for Luxury Vinyl Floors With Pets
While LVP and LVT flooring offers great traction for pets and is easy to clean, there are a few specific things you can do to help take care of your vinyl floors and prevent pet damage:
How to Care for Luxury Vinyl Floors With Children
Kids are naturally messy, making LVP or LVT floor maintenance even more critical in households with children. Here are some tips for caring for your vinyl floors when you have kids:
Luxury Vinyl Flooring Maintenance FAQs
If you’re considering LVP or LVT floors for your home, you may have more questions. Find the answers here.
What Should You Avoid Cleaning Luxury Vinyl With?
Always avoid using ammonia, wax and solvent-based polishes. Ammonia breaks down the synthetic coating on LVP, causing significant damage to the floors. Since LVP and LVT floors are coated in a protective topcoat, these floors don’t need to be waxed or polished. Doing so can also damage the topcoat and dull the floors.
Can You Put Heavy Appliances and Furniture on Vinyl Plank Flooring?
Yes, with caution. LVP and LVT floors are strong and durable, though moving heavy furniture and appliances can damage the floors. Consider using furniture sliders and protectors on the feet of your heavy appliances and furniture to help protect the floors.
Can You Use Rubber-Backed Mats on Luxury Vinyl Planks?
Rubber-backed mats should be avoided on LVP and LVT floors. The rubber and latex materials in these products can stain the surface of your floor.
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