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How to Fix Moisture Issues in Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring

LVP flooring is known for its water resistance but is still susceptible to moisture problems, if not cared for properly. This page will explore how to identify and address moisture issues in your LVP flooring and how to maintain its beauty and longevity.

Moisture Problems in LVP Flooring

LVP flooring is known for being tough and adaptable, but it does have one big enemy: moisture.  

Moisture can mess with the LVP floor in many ways:

  • Makes the  planks swell or shrink. Not only does that look bad, but it can also cause problems like gaps or buckling in the floor.
  • Moisture is a breeding ground for mold and mildew. That doesn’t just make your floor look unappealing to look at; it can also make you sick and hurt the air quality in your home. 
  • Moisture can also weaken the glue that holds the vinyl to the floor underneath, making it peel or lift up. 

How to Identify Moisture Issues in LVP Flooring?

Warping and Discoloration Around the Floor’s Seams

Some of the signs of trapped moisture between the planks include discoloration and warping/bucking in the floor. Moisture is caused by spills or when the floor isn’t cleaned properly. 

Discoloration

Dark or splotchy discolorations could indicate that dirt and moisture are getting trapped beneath the vinyl’s surface.

Yellowing or Browning 

Yellowing or browning on the LVP floor can be a sign of sun damage and exposure to moisture.   

Mildew or Mold Stains

The presence of black or greenish mildew or mold stains is one of the most common signs of moisture problems. Mold not only looks unpleasant but can cause health problems for you and your family. If you see mold or mildew, immediately clean the affected area to prevent further growth. 

How to Protect Your LVP Floor from Moisture

Install LVP Foor Properly

Make sure that the subfloor is completely dry and level before laying down LVP flooring. Use moisture barriers or underlayment specifically designed for LVP flooring to prevent moisture from seeping up from the subfloor. Proper sealing around the edges and at the joints can also prevent water from penetrating beneath the planks.

Routine Cleaning and Maintenance

Avoid using excessive water when mopping. Use a damp mop or a specially formulated LVP floor cleaner instead. Immediately clean up spills and avoid allowing standing water to sit on the floor for extended periods of time.

Climate Control

Maintain a stable indoor climate to minimize the expansion and contraction of the flooring. Use dehumidifiers in high humidity areas and avoid drastic temperature changes within the space.

Use Rugs and Mats to Protect the Floor from Water and Debris

The rugs shouldn’t have rubber or latex backings because they can trap moisture. Areas such as under the sink or around the dishwasher need extra protective layers like trays or mats to catch leaks or spills.

Regular Inspections

Periodically inspect your LVP flooring for signs of moisture damage, such as warping, buckling, or gaps between planks. Early detection can prevent more extensive damage and potentially costly repairs.

Get a Professional

When in doubt, consult with a professional. Whether it’s choosing the right underlayment, dealing with a tricky installation scenario, or addressing a moisture issue, professional flooring contractors can provide valuable insight and solutions.

Safeguarding Your Investment in LVP Flooring

LVP flooring offers a perfect blend of style, durability, and ease of maintenance. But neglecting moisture issues can compromise its beauty and functionality. 

For a worry-free LVP flooring experience, visit 50Floor today! Our wide selection of high-quality LVP flooring options, coupled with our expert advice on installation and maintenance, can help you find the perfect solution for your needs. 

We are committed to helping you create beautiful and long-lasting floors for your home. Give us a call at 1-877-503-5667. 

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