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5 Essential Tips to Prolong Your Luxury Vinyl Flooring

Luxury vinyl flooring is practical and affordable. And it is by far the most popular choice for homeowners. But just like any floor, it needs care and maintenance to last a long time.

The Basics: Pre-installation Tips

Proper Subfloor Preparation

The subfloor should be clean, level to prevent warping, uneven surfaces, or the creation of gaps between planks. This is important for a smooth installation process and the long-term stability of the flooring.

Choose High-Quality Underlayment

The right underlayment acts as a cushion for the LVP or LVT floor, and can also  improve comfort underfoot, provide sound insulation, and add an additional layer of moisture protection.

Key Features of Luxury Vinyl Floors

No matter where you decide to install it, luxury vinyl flooring offers several benefits:

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Realistic look and feel

Because of its design, luxury vinyl flooring can recreate the look and feel of other types of flooring, like wood or tiles.

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Vinyl is one of the hardiest flooring options available, making it a great choice for high-traffic areas of your home. Some options are even stain-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about spill damage.

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Luxury vinyl flooring holds up to splashes, spills, accidents or leaks for 24 to 72 hours, making it a great waterproof flooring choice in bathrooms or kitchens.

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Vinyl can emulate more expensive options like hardwood, letting you experience similar wood coloring, textures, grain patterns and more for less money.

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Regular Maintenance Tips

Maintaining your LVP/LVT  floor is the first step to making it last a long time. Below are some easy ways to maintain your LVP or LVT flooring.

Clean Spills Immediately

Cleaning spills immediately helps prevent potential staining while preserving the floor’s aesthetic appeal. This simple practice plays a significant role in maintaining the floor’s appearance over time.

Use Manufacturer-Recommended Cleaning Products

Manufacturer-recommended cleaning products  are specifically formulated to be gentle on the flooring. These products also protect the LVP/LVT floor against damage that harsh chemicals can cause.

Implement a No-Shoe Policy

Adopting a no-shoe policy in your home can reduce the wear on LVP/LVT flooring. Shoes can bring in dirt, grit, and small particles that may scratch or dull the surface. A no-shoe policy can also decrease the amount of debris on the floor, maintaining its pristine condition and extending its lifespan.

Use Furniture Pads

Furniture pads are a simple yet effective solution for protecting LVP and LVT flooring from scratches and scuffs. These pads not only safeguard the floor but also facilitate easier movement of items without risking damage.

Avoid Dragging Heavy Objects Across the Floor

Lift heavy items carefully instead of dragging them. This practice protects the flooring’s surface, preserving its aesthetic appeal and structural integrity. See the furniture pad section above.

Place Protective Mats in High-Traffic Areas

Mats act as a barrier, significantly reducing wear and tear on the floor from constant foot traffic. Strategically placing mats at entrances and other high-use zones can greatly minimize damage, ensuring the floor remains in top condition for longer.

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Addressing and Repairing Damage

Even with meticulous care, luxury vinyl flooring will eventually show signs of wear or sustain damage. It’s important to address them as soon as possible.

Identify the Type of Damage (Scratches, Dents)

Whether you’re dealing with scratches, dents, or other forms of wear, understanding the nature of the damage is essential for choosing the correct repair approach. This initial assessment ensures that the repair method aligns with the specific issue, facilitating a more effective and precise restoration.

Consider Professional Repair Services for Severe Damage

Professionals have the tools, knowledge, and experience necessary to restore LVP/LVT flooring to its original condition, especially when the damage is beyond the scope of DIY repair methods.

Going for professional services can ultimately save time, ensure the longevity of the flooring, and maintain its aesthetic appeal.

If you need your luxury vinyl floor replaced, 50Floor can help. We sell and install quality luxury vinyl flooring with a backing, a top design layer and two protective layers. This structure offers exceptional durability and resistance against scratches and scuffs, and it won’t shrink, crack, or warp.

The Role of Environmental Factors in Longevity

The longevity of luxury vinyl flooring is also influenced by environmental factors.

Maintain Stable Indoor Humidity Levels of at Least 30–50%

A humidity range of 30%–50% helps prevent the planks from warping or swelling. Using tools such as humidifiers or dehumidifiers (depending on the environmental need) can help keep these levels consistent.

Protect Luxury Vinyl Flooring from Prolonged Direct Sunlight Exposure

Continuous exposure to sunlight can cause the colors in the vinyl to fade over time, significantly diminishing the floor’s aesthetic appeal.

Installing UV-blocking window treatments or using area rugs in areas where sunlight always hits can greatly reduce the impact of sunlight. This can help preserve the floor’s vibrant appearance and extend its longevity.

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Ensuring the Lasting Beauty of Your Luxury Vinyl Flooring with 50Floor

At 50Floor, we don’t just supply top-tier luxury vinyl flooring; we ensure you’re equipped with all the knowledge and support to maintain its beauty and durability for years to come.

Opting for LVP and LVT flooring from us means more than just a purchase—it’s a long-term investment in your space’s aesthetics and functionality. Our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction ensures that your flooring not only looks luxurious but stands the test of time against the daily demands of life.

Why wait to transform your home into a haven of style and durability? With 50Floor, you gain access to a wide selection of luxury vinyl flooring options. Make the choice today to elevate your home with the lasting beauty of LVP and LVT flooring from us.

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