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Care and Maintenance of Your Vinyl Flooring

How much care does your vinyl flooring need?


We mentioned the main, if brief, guidelines in the Wear Layer section, and of course the best details will come with your specific instructions, but here are some tips that could help you get an idea of what should be ahead for you as you keep your vinyl floor in good shape.

Most vinyl flooring should be swept or vacuumed on a regular basis. When vacuuming, usually you will want there to be no beater bar. Even doing this daily will not hurt the floor.

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Occasional damp mopping is also good, but only at a frequency your floor manufacturer recommends. If you mop too frequently, you may hurt the shine. Also, make sure that you use the manufacturer’s cleaner, or the one they recommend if they don’t make one themselves. Abrasives, bleach and ammonia are not recommended. You may use an approved liquid polish to restore any lost shine.

In between cleanings, be sure to quickly wipe up spills. Even if your floor is waterproof, you will still want to prevent staining. Also, never soak a vinyl floor to remove stains, unless you have 100% waterproof flooring. Otherwise water can seep through the seams and weaken the adhesive.

If you are going to have floor mats, make sure to only use those made of natural fibers. The rubber under some mats will stain some vinyl floors.

If you are able to save a few spare tiles, replacing individual tiles or click together vinyl planks should be easy. If you cannot remove an entire plank, as with a floating floor, and your floor has a repeating pattern, then you should be able to cut the section you want to remove. What may work best is to cut along the border of the floor’s pattern. Find an identical piece from the pieces you have saved, and replacement should be easy. If your floor has one, big, overall pattern, and you cannot see the best way to replace an area, then you should seek out a trusted professional to make the replacement for you.



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6 comments on “Care and Maintenance of Your Vinyl Flooring
  1. Deisi Lopez says:

    I accidentally drop and spilled a bottle of bleach on my vinyl plank flooring and it looks it soaked through the cracks will it damage it from the bottom help…

    • David says:

      Deisi, if your planks are solid vinyl, they should be fine; bleach isn’t going to damage them. Now, we sell a vinyl with an attached cork padding, and I might be concerned about that cork, but that’s a rare product. Most vinyl isn’t padded, so if you’ve just got some 100% vinyl planks in place, about the only thing that happened to their undersides is they just got disinfected.

  2. minerva galvan says:

    I cleaned a vinyl plank floor with denatured alchol and i rubbed hard on it and it left a mark on the floor. I removed oil paint from it and it was alot. what can i do to remove the smeers off of it . When the light hits it you can see the smeers on the floor from us rubbing on it.
    Please help



    • David says:

      Hi Minerva, denatured alcohol is a very harsh chemical that will degrade your flooring, particularly when applied with the kind of vigorous pressure you mention. Your best bet to hide the damage is an area rug (like a throw rug or something) or to replace the damaged planks.

  3. jay says:

    Finger nail polish remover got all over my vinyl floor now it left parts of the floor shiny how do I get the Polish remover up and can I get the floor back to normal

    • admin says:

      It’s hard to tell for two reasons. One is that I don’t know your specific vinyl. Its chemical make up matters. Nail polish remover is usually an organic solvent, often employing acetone. Now, we recommend using acetone on aluminum oxide surfaces to wipe off hard to remove things like permanent marker, but that’s with a cloth merely dampened with the chemical. It’s tough stuff, so a puddle of it could do some damage to a different surface. What you’re seeing *could* be a result of the chemical reaction between the remover and the floor, rather than being from any remaining presence of the remover itself.

      So how do we clean off something we usually use to clean other things off? This brings up the other issue, that of searching this problem out. When you look for “vinyl floor” and “fingernail polish remover” most of the results talk about how to use the remover to clean things, not how to remove the remover. I did find one good looking page, though, an advice forum which starts by specifying a similar issue with Marmoleum specifically, but some of the tips lower down are more general, and might apply to your situation, or point you in a good direction.

      I wish I could be more helpful, but this is a new one for us, and again, I don’t know your specific floor. You might give your floor’s specifics to the place that sold it to you (if it’s us, of course please call!) and see how they can help. For instance, they should be able to contact the manufacturer directly, if the issue stumps them as well.

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