There’s no doubt that luxury vinyl flooring is one of the most durable and easy-to-maintain flooring materials to have installed in your home. Despite its ease of care, you’ll still have to do some basic cleaning to maintain vinyl floors. Follow these simple rules and you’ll be able to extend the life of your vinyl floors and keep them looking brand new for years to come.

  1. Vacuum on “bare floor mode”

    When removing excess dust and dirt using a vacuum cleaner, either disengage the beater bar in your vacuum or set it on the “bare floor” setting. Using this setting will avoid harsh sweeping against the vinyl floor.

  2. Wipe up spills as soon as possible

    This one seems like a no-brainer, but don’t let spills sit. Clean any spills or accidents as soon as possible to avoid any possibility of stains or buildup.

  3. Avoid abrasive cleaners

    This includes detergents, acidic cleaners and other “mop and shine” products. Many of these products will leave a dull film on vinyl floors, making them look dirtier than when you began cleaning. Also, avoid any highly abrasive scrubbing tools, which will scratch at your floor’s wear layer. Check out our full line of vinyl approve floor cleaners.

  4. Sweep before mopping

    Using a soft bristle broom, remove any loose dirt from your floors before you mop. This will prevent any rough particles from scratching the floors.

  5. Under ALL circumstances, do not use a steam mop

    Vinyl tile and vinyl plank flooring are not designed to withstand the high temperatures that steam mops create. High temperatures can potentially warp or discolor the vinyl. The steam can also be forced through the seams and cause water buildup under the floor.

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