7 Noteworthy Maintenance Tips for Luxury Vinyl
Any flooring material requires cleaning and maintenance on a regular basis. Regular care lengthens the life of your floor, guarantees that warranties will be honored, and keeps the surface looking its best. Once the floor is in use, dirt, stains, scratches, and tears are inevitable. The longer the time between cleanings and repairs, the worse the problem becomes.
How Much Are You Willing To Do?
How will the room be used? Does the family spend considerable time walking in and out of the room from the outdoors?. Is the furniture moveable? High-traffic and heavy-use areas such as entrances, staircases, landings, and kitchens might be more efficient and lower maintenance when covered in durable materials like stone, vinyl, non-slippery tile, natural tile or laminate. Softer floor coverings such as plush carpet, work well in lighter use areas such as living rooms and bedrooms, where comfort is desired over durability.
Decide how much time you want to spend on care and maintenance. Pick your flooring to fit your lifestyle. Some materials are more maintenance-intensive than others. Don’t like vacuuming? Makes sense to avoid carpet. Hardwoods stain when liquids are spilled onto them. Best not to install in the kitchen or bathroom, or in the mudroom if you live in a wintery area.
- While COREtec® Plus provides superior stain resistance and clean-ability, if tough stains like fruit juice, wine, mustard occur, mineral spirits and household bleach work wonders. Wet a rag with the solution and lay it over the stain. Lay a plastic bag over the rag to slow down evaporation. Wait for 1-2 hours, then wipe up the stain. Bleach may strip the protective finish off the floor, leaving it dull. If this happens, refinish.
- Accidents happen. Remove ink by rubbing the stain with a cloth dabbed in a citrus-based cleaner or rubbing alcohol.
- Nail polish can be removed by rubbing with a cloth dabbed in acetone-based nail polish remover. Wipe thoroughly with a damp cloth to rinse the area.
- While still wet, soak up paint with a dry towel. Next, wipe the area with a cloth dabbed in mineral spirits. If dry, scrape the paint off with a plastic scraper and then wipe away the remaining paint with a cloth dipped in rubbing alcohol.
- Permanent marker can be removed by rubbing the stain with a cloth dipped in mineral spirits, nail polish remover, or rubbing alcohol. Use a damp cloth to rinse the area.
- Wear long sleeves, rubber gloves, and goggles when removing rust with oxalic acid (1 part to 10 parts water; carefully follow the acid manufacturer’s directions, as this is an extremely caustic solution.
- Regular maintenance can be provided with an occasional wet mop. Dry mopping and vacuuming is necessary but doesn’t remove the sticky spots. Sometimes all that is necessary is a little bit of warm water. Also, inspect seams in the tile. Use a slightly damp cloth to pick up dirt or dust stuck in seams and corners - especially around thresholds, where material tends to settle after sweeping.