Many homeowners opt for vinyl flooring because it is easy to care for, it stands up to heavy use, and it comes in a variety of beautiful styles. Vinyl flooring is a great choice for any room, but it is especially popular for kitchens and bathrooms because of its resiliency. However, this doesn’t mean that you can install it and not do any maintenance. If you want beautiful vinyl flooring that retains its luster, follow these do’s and don’ts.
Do’s for Cleaning
Even though vinyl flooring is low-maintenance, it isn’t no-maintenance. Sweep, vacuum, or dust your floors at least once a week, but if they seem to attract a lot of dirt, consider doing it daily. You should also wash your floors occasionally with a gentle cleaner. Avoid really harsh cleaning products. If you spill something on your vinyl flooring, clean it up as soon as possible. Spills that are left to sit for a long time risk staining the flooring. Finally, add a doormat at each of the entrances to your house. When you track in dirt on your shoes, it acts like sandpaper, scuffing up the surface of your floors, so be sure to wipe them off before you walk inside.
Do’s About Furniture
Dirt isn’t the only thing that can damage your flooring. Heavy furniture can also cause dents and scratches. Put floor protectors under your furniture. Generally, the heavier the piece, the bigger the floor protectors should be. If you have to move any furniture that is too heavy to lift across the floor, make a plywood path to drag the furniture along.
Don’ts for Cleaning
Never use detergents or cleaning tools that are abrasive. They can cause scratches and scuffs in the flooring. You should also not use vinegar, “mop and shine” type cleaning products, or waxes on vinyl flooring because it can leave a residue that dulls the natural shine of the flooring. If you’re vacuuming the floor, don’t use a beater bar since it can damage the floor. Finally, never drench your vinyl flooring, even with an overly wet mop, because the excess water can get under the flooring and loosen the glue.
Don’ts About Furniture
Never drag heavy furniture across your vinyl flooring, since it could scratch the surface or even leave a big gouge. Rolling casters can also cause damage, so don’t use them on furniture that will be on vinyl flooring. Opt for felt tips instead, whenever possible.
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