DO: Sweep and vacuum regularly. A little bit of daily maintenance keeps things nice and clean, and prevents allergens like dust and pet dander from building up.
DON’T: Let spills sit for too long. Even though the vinyl itself is waterproof, liquid left to its own devices can seep down into the seams and cause subfloor damage. It can also weaken the adhesive on glued down vinyl floors and lead to unsightly staining.
DO: Use the right cleaner for your specific mess. Not sure what to use? Always check your manufacturer’s recommendations first. Still not sure? We’ve got a handy cheat sheet already put together.
DON’T: Use any harsh abrasive chemicals on vinyl floors. Bleach is a no-go, as is acetone. They’ll erode the wear layer and cause the decorative pattern layer to degrade beyond repair. Of course, one of the great things about floating vinyl floors is that you can replace individual planks without ripping up the entire floor, but it’s best to avoid the hassle altogether.
DO: Try something new! One of the great things about modern vinyl is its versatility in both strength and appearance. There’s never been a better time to try vinyl in an area of your home you might not have considered before, like a master bedroom or guestroom.
DON’T: Assume that the sheet vinyl of yore is still the only option on the market. Today’s vinyl floors are tough and trendy without the spongy hassles of the 1970’s. The latest innovation in vinyl is WPC, an engineered virgin vinyl product with outstanding strength and soundproofing capabilities.
What are your vinyl dos and don’ts, friends?