The Education Centre: How to Maintain Vinyl Flooring

If practicality is what you’re after, then vinyl flooring is the perfect choice for you. Vinyl is a hard-wearing, long-lasting, waterproof floor that is easy to clean. Little maintenance is required to keep your floor looking tip top. It’s the ideal flooring options for kitchens, bathrooms and in commercial premises, as these are all classed as high-traffic areas. Follow our how-to guide for advice on how to keep your vinyl flooring in good condition.

How to maintain your vinyl floor

It requires regularly dusting, as if dust begins to build up it can cause unwanted scratches to the vinyl flooring surface. It’s easy to get rid of dust by using a mop or brush to sweep it away, but there are steps that can be taken to stop the dust getting in to begin with. Having a floor mat by the door to wipe your shoes on as you come in, can stop grit and sand - the most abrasive sort of dust - being walked into the room.

One of the great things about vinyl flooring is that when there is no problem with using plenty of water to keep it clean. Materials such as wood will be limited by how much they can soak up due to common issues of swelling and expansion, but the same is not true of vinyl floors thanks to their water-resistant surface.

How to remove stains from vinyl flooring

Thanks to the top layer of Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT), fluids and dirt don’t get a chance to penetrate the boards and therefore leave a lasting stain. To minimise the risk further, just be sure to remove any fluid sat on the floor’s surface within 24 hours.

The least aggressive cleaning agent the better, when it comes to choosing maintenance products. In 99% of the cases water and a regular cleaner for vinyl or lacquered surfaces will be enough. Why not try our Luxury Vinyl Floor Cleaner.

Stay away from using abrasive cloths or sponges as these will only make the things worse. Similarly, abrasive cleaners, bleach or wax are not allowed as these too will damage the surface of your vinyl floor.

Below are some cleaning recommendations for special stains:

  • For chocolate, grease, juice and wine stains, use lukewarm water and a non-abrasive cleaner
  • For candle wax and chewing gum, scrape carefully with a blunt plastic scraper

Top tip: the best way to deal with all spillages is to move swiftly and clean them with a wet mop

Please follow the specific manufacturer’s step-by-step instructions for your flooring – these can be found on the individual product detail page, listed as ‘Installation guide’ you may also find our ‘Maintenance guide’ helpful too to ensure your floor stays looking as good as the day you fitted it.