Vinyl Plank Flooring Considerations and Cleaning

Vinyl Plank Flooring

A few things you DO NOT ever want to do with vinyl plank flooring:

  • DO NOT use the beater bar on your vacuum because it can visibly damage the floor surface.
  • DO NOT "mop and shine" products, abrasive cleaners or detergents. They create a dull film on your floor.
  • DO NOT use bleach-based detergents or everyday home cleaners as they can cause discoloration and make the floor slippery.
  • DO NOT use highly abrasive scrubbing tools.
  • DO NOT use solvent-based or paste wax polishes.
  • DO NOT use a steam mop as it may damage the surface of the floor.
  • DO NOT use of stiletto heels on your floor. They can cause permanent damage.
  • DO NOT use vinegar, one-step cleaner, one-step polishes or oil soaps.
  • DO NOT flood clean or subject the floor to frequent standing water. This can loosen the adhesive.

There are three critical areas in cleaning and maintaining your vinyl plank flooring:

1.) Preventive Maintenance:

  • Use mats at entrances to absorb moisture and collect soil. However, make sure area rugs and mats are free from latex or rubber backings to avoid possible discoloration.
  • Before entering the room, make sure to remove embedded particles from shoes.
  • Avoid tracking asphalt or tar in from driveways.
  • Lay down a layer of protection like a sheet of plywood or heavy cardboard to prevent scratches and tears when moving heavy furniture or other objects.
  • Use floor protectors under chairs, tables and any other bulky home furnishing to help avoid permanent damage. 

2.) Routine Maintenance:

  • Avoid scratches and worn appearances by daily sweeping, dust mopping and vacuuming. In addition, do NOT use vacuums with beater bars. 
  • Of course, make sure to follow the manufacturer's cleaning instructions for damp mopping. Don't use any abrasive cleaners. Only use a neutral pH cleaner like Mr. Clean. In fact, we also have cleaning products at our stores in Mokena, IL and Highland, IN. If you need to rinse, make sure to use clean water and expedite drying with fans. Also, make sure to pre-vacuum or dust mop before wet cleaning. 

3.) Spot and Spill Removal:

  • Clean up any spill immediately. The longer spills are left, the better chance of staining the floor permanently. Soak-up wet spills right away by blotting with plain white cotton or paper towels. Rinse with water and blot dry afterward. Contact us at 888-910-6585 if you need help with a specific stain.
  • Dried older spots should be removed with gentle agitation and rinse with water. Also, blot dry afterward, as explained above.
  • Do not use detergents or abrasive cleaners. With this in mind, use only neutral pH cleaning products or products formulated for vinyl floor cleaning. 
  • Above all, don't use anything like rubbing alcohol or mineral spirits. In contrast, these items might be recommended by others; however, these cleaners can destroy the floor's finish! In fact, the best thing you can do for scuffs is a tennis ball and some elbow grease.

In conclusion, the best thing you can do for ANY flooring maintenance is merely sweeping, dust mopping or vacuuming your floor daily.

Michelle CressMichelle Cress (Flooring Consultant)

Michelle specializes in residential flooring and prides herself on being patient with a passion for helping people in general. Drawing on her experience managing kitchen and bath remodel projects, cabinetry, countertops and flooring, Michelle now focuses mainly on flooring. She enjoys helping clients select colors and styles utilizing her design background. Michelle is a qualified Interior Designer and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Harrington College of Design. Come visit our Mokena, Illinois showroom to have Michelle help you design your flooring project today!

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