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Steps to Remove Stains from Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring

Luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring offers impressive durability and design flexibility. While it’s highly resistant to wear and tear, it’s  still susceptible to staining. With the right knowledge, removing stains from an LVP floor is easy. 

This page covers everything you need to know about how to get rid of stains in your LVP floor and how to protect it. 

Types of Stains

  • Organic stains, such as food, wine, or pet accidents, are from natural sources. They are easier to deal with and can be cleaned with common household cleaners.
  • Inorganic stains, such as ink, dye, or markers, originate from chemical-based products. These require a bit more work and specific cleaning agents to remove effectively without harming your flooring.
  • Tough stains, like oil, tar, or nail polish are more challenging. Because of their chemical make-up, they’re more stubborn to remove and pose a risk of damaging the LVP if not addressed with the right techniques and care.

Cleaning Organic Stains from LVP Floor

  • Use a natural cleaner that is gentle on the LVP floor, such as a mixture of water and white vinegar. The natural acidity of vinegar is excellent for breaking down organic substances without harming the floor’s surface.
  • For stubborn stains, such as wine, apply baking soda paste directly to the stain. Baking soda’s natural absorbing and bleaching properties help lift the stain from the floor. 

Cleaning Inorganic Stains from LVP Floor

  • Soak a cloth in alcohol. Wipe the ink and prevent it from spreading onto the surface by doing slow, gentle strokes until the stain is removed. 
  • If you’re dealing with stains from dyes or pen markers, a nail polish remover is your friend. Its strong dissolving abilities can break down the chemical makeup of the dye. 

How to Protect LVP Floor from Stains

Blot spills, don’t rub spills

Seeing spills on your floor will make you rub them immediately, but doing so can do more harm than good to your floor. Rubbing a spill can embed the liquid deeper into the flooring, increasing the risk of a permanent stain. Instead, blot to help lift the spill from the surface

Use protective mats under furniture and in high traffic areas

Mats can serve as a shield from spills and help maintain the floor’s appearance and longevity.

High-Quality LVP Floors from 50Floor

If you need to replace your LVP floor, our team at 50Floor can help. Durable, long-lasting, and affordable, LVP floors are a popular choice for homeowners who are looking to upgrade their space. 

No matter which style you have in mind, our luxury vinyl plank flooring installation process is designed to help you bring your vision to life. Our team will bring out several different LVP options so you can see how each looks with your lighting and decor. 

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