Vinyl floor care tips from National Floors Direct

The Do's and Don'ts of Vinyl Floor Care

Installing vinyl flooring is an affordable way to enjoy durable, beautiful floors in your home. The global vinyl flooring market is booming, with a projected 7.4% increase in sales by the year 2025.

Whether you currently have vinyl floors or you're thinking of adding them to your space, proper care and maintenance are key.

Read on to learn more about the do's and don'ts of vinyl floor care, so you can take good care of your floors for years to come.

Do: Clean Up Spills Immediately

Vinyl floors are extremely resilient and most spills are extremely easy to clean up. However, if you spill something on your floors, it's important that you clean the mess up as soon as possible.

If you leave the spill sitting on top of your vinyl floor, it can leave a permanent stain behind. Watermarks and other signs of discoloration on vinyl are usually a result of liquid sitting on top of the surface for too long.

Don't: Use Cleaners that Could Harm Your Vinyl Floors

When you clean your vinyl floors, it's imperative that you avoid using abrasive cleaners. This cleaning solution contains ingredients that could scratch the surface and leave your floors vulnerable to marks and further damage later.

You should also avoid using vinegar or special "mop and shine" products since these can leave a layer of film behind. Never use any type of wax polish on vinyl floors, either. Instead, choose a gentle, neutral cleaning product or something that is specifically designed to keep vinyl flooring clean.

Do: Practice Smart Vinyl Floor Care by Protecting Them

One way to practice easy, effective floor care is to cover your flooring with area rugs or mats. These floor coverings will help to reduce or eliminate dirt and debris, which could cause scratches on the vinyl's surface.

Add furniture leg protectors to your tables and chairs so that the vinyl underneath remains protected from damage. Adding some felt tips to table and chair legs is a smart move that will keep your vinyl looking as good as new. When you need to move your furniture, make sure you're using a blanket or some sliders so the floors don't get scratched in the process.

Don't: Use the Wrong Tools to Clean Your Floors

It's important to make sure that you're using the proper tools whenever you clean vinyl flooring. Never use a beater bar on your vacuum cleaner or it could dent, scratch, and damage the vinyl and its protective layer. Sweep any dirt, dust, and debris away using a broom before cleaning the floors.

Avoid using rough, scratchy scrubbers, steel wool, and abrasive sponges to clean the floors. Try to stick to scrubbing your beautiful floors with a soft cloth or a mop instead. Mop or vacuum your vinyl floors on a regular basis to keep them nice and clean. 

Do: Polish Your Vinyl Flooring Regularly

Over time, your vinyl floor can start to look drab or dull. Add a bit of baking soda to your regular floor cleaner to help keep the vinyl fresh, smooth, and shiny. Applying a small amount of WD-40 lubricant is a safe way to remove any scratches or scuffs without damaging the vinyl.

You can also use a bit of jojoba oil to gently polish vinyl floors. Remember, never use wax on vinyl since it can cause serious damage to the finish. 

Don't: Abuse Your Vinyl Floors

Wearing high heels or shoes with heavy soles can leave marks or dents on your vinyl floors. Instead, make sure you're wearing shoes that have smooth soles, or that you take your shoes off entirely whenever you're inside. Enforce the "no shoes in the house rule" so everyone in your household knows what they should do.

If you have pets at home, keep their nails trimmed regularly so that they don't end up scratching the floors. Adding area rugs to your floors is an easy way to extend their lifespan and protect them from getting damaged.

Do: Keep Your Floors Dry at All Times

There are many different vinyl floor options, and most do a good job of resisting water and stains. However, you should always be diligent about keeping your floors dry to avoid issues.

Never drench your vinyl floor or else it could cause the edges and the corners to curl and buckle. Water destroys the bond of the glue under your floors and can cause them to come loose or curl. Always check to ensure that your vinyl floors are dry and address any signs of water damage right away.


Don't: Expose Vinyl Floors to Direct Sunlight

The harsh UV rays from the sun can cause your vinyl floors to fade over time. Never let your flooring sit in direct sunlight for too long.

To prevent discoloration, make sure you have curtains or blinds on all of your windows. It's fine to open your windows to get some fresh air but try to be diligent about closing the blinds or curtains whenever you're not at home or when you're not in the room.

Take Good Care of Your Floors

Remember these do's and don'ts of vinyl floor care so you can protect your investment. With the right cleaning methods and some common sense protection, your vinyl flooring will remain bold and beautiful for many years to come. 

If you're ready for some new flooring in your home, be sure to contact us today to find out about scheduling a free in-home estimate.