When you invest in a new car, you try to take good care of it, right? You clean and condition your good hiking boots? Why wouldn’t you take good care of your vinyl laminate flooring? Many people now have vinyl plank flooring in their homes. With the increase in quality and variety, vinyl kitchen flooring or vinyl floors for bathrooms are becoming more popular. The appeal? Vinyl laminate flooring suits our modern busy lifestyles. Really, who has the time to waste waxing a floor? It’s just a floor; we tramp all over it, drop things on it, including food or drinks. The kids play out in the garden, and then run through to grab a snack without kicking off their muddy shoes first? Bonus number one of vinyl laminate flooring - Easy Cleaning! The most important thing with your vinyl laminate flooring is a quick sweep on a regular basis, to prevent dirt and grit grinding into the protective surface. Vinyl floors and the one-step cleaning products on the market are not a good combination. “But they’re so quick and easy,” I hear you cry.
These cleaners are harsh and abrasive causing damage to that shiny finish that helps to make it look good. Want to save time (and a few bucks on cleaning products?) Dilute regular dish soap in warm water. Voila! Use a sponge or one of those old-school cotton string mops and job done! Although part of the appeal of vinyl laminate flooring is the water resistant qualities, avoid getting it too wet. Gently wring out mops prior to use, and clean up spills immediately. If the area is very wet, wipe it dry with a soft, non-abrasive cloth.
New vinyl laminate flooring products are developed for increased durability. There are still some guidelines to preserve its long-lasting quality. For the first 24 hours after installing your vinyl plank flooring, protect the seamed areas. Avoid too much foot traffic across the seamed areas. You should maintain a temperature of 68° Fahrenheit or higher for the first two days; this will allow the adhesive to bond securely. If possible, wait five days or more before rolling heavy items across your vinyl laminate flooring, and even then lift them rather than drag if possible. A sheet of hardwood between appliances and vinyl floors will also add protection. Check the casters on chairs and other furniture for wear and tear, replacing them where necessary. It’s a good idea to add felt protectors to the legs of furniture to preserve the finish on your vinyl laminate flooring. Rubber backed mats or rugs could damage your flooring, and cause discoloration. There is a wide range of products designed specifically for use with vinyl floors that are cheap to buy.
Some cuts and dents are easy to repair yourself with transparent seam sealant, and others will require professional advice or assistance. Restore minor cuts in vinyl laminate flooring by lightly sanding loose pieces of the protective surface away, then covering the area with sealant. Once it’s dry, it‘ll look the same.
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