Vinyl flooring is popular not only because of its good looks and relatively low cost but also because of its long-lasting durability. Once your vinyl flooring installation is complete, you can expect a flooring surface that retains its appearance for years to come with minimal maintenance, even in high-traffic areas. However, all flooring types need regular cleaning to ensure they continue to look their best for as long as possible.
Cleaning vinyl floors is quite simple, but there are a few basic rules to follow to avoid damage. Abrasion of any kind can dull the surface of your flooring, or create tiny tears in the material that can result in more problems in the future. Before you clean your vinyl flooring with a mop and a cleaning solution, always sweep or vacuum to remove any sand, dust or dirt that could cause abrasion when pushed around on the surface. Also, remember to be careful of what cleaning supplies you use on your vinyl flooring, and avoid abrasive or sharp tools, as well as harsh cleaners or detergents.
Be careful to always clean up spills immediately. Vinyl flooring is highly resistant to penetration, but some liquids can cause permanent staining, especially to lighter colored vinyl. It’s best to remove spills or leaks of all kinds as soon as possible.
For everyday cleaning, you don’t even need to use detergent. Just a soft, damp mop will remove most of the dirt from your floor. For occasional deeper cleaning, it is best to use a gentle, non-abrasive floor cleaner, and avoid “mop and shine” products, which can leave a dull film on your flooring. Wet a soft mop, wring, and apply to the floor, rinsing often to remove dirt from the mop.
As with any type of floor, never push, pull or drag furniture, appliances, or other items across the floor. Doing so can dent or otherwise permanently damage your vinyl flooring, requiring replacement.
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Cleaning vinyl floors is easy to care for and adds beauty to your home. Are you interested in vinyl flooring installation in Milwaukee and the surrounding areas? Call us today at 262-653-1120 for a free, no-obligation estimate, or fill out our contact form to schedule a free, in-home visit. We’ll help you determine the right flooring for your home!