It is incredible how, thanks to technological evolution, vinyl has gone from being one of the most reviled materials to cover our floors (it was scratched up), to the fashionable material, envied by its versatility and durability. Perhaps the biggest problem they present is that they are somewhat delicate. Or, at least, not as resistant as other materials can be. Ceramic, for example, is much harder than wood and, in addition, its maintenance is less complicated.
Nowadays it is a safe bet for all kinds of spaces. From a home without aesthetic pretensions, to another that seeks to give the bell, going through shops and offices, the vinyl floor provides (almost) everything you could want, and for a very tight price. Here at ASC Building Supplies you will find an unmatched option for deluxe luxury vinyl flooring that will be an excellent choice for any type of flat floor.
It is important to remember that cleaning is essential in order to keep the status of the floor untouched. Although vinyl floors are among the easiest to clean, these tips will make it even easier and will help you keep your floors looking new for much longer and with less effort.
- Keep dirt away using a doormat
A doormat helps keep your vinyl floor away from its two worst enemies: dirt and chemicals. The dirt that comes from outside means extra sweep time, for example the sand that we drag from the outside acts as a sandpaper, removing the vinyl finish. Although they cannot be seen, the asphalt chemicals adhere first to your shoes and then to the vinyl, turning it somewhat yellowish.
- Keep your floors always clean
The key to keeping any floor in as presentable as possible, is to keep it clean, and vinyl is no exception. It is good to remove the dirt before it accumulates so that your vinyl will last longer. It is also a good idea to get used to applying a quick sweep with a soft broom on the kitchen floor after putting the dishes to be washed.
- Use shampoo to remove the hair spray
If your bathroom floor is stained with hair spray, you can simply remove it with shampoo. If it works with your hair, you can also do it with your floor. Mix a little shampoo in a litre of warm water, mop and then rinse with a damp cloth.
- Learn to clean without aggressive products
Resist the temptation to remove dirt with heavy cleaning products. Try to clean your vinyl using milder methods. To clean the dirt that is not removed by sweeping or vacuuming, it is best to use a mop soaked in warm water (not hot). If all this fails, use soap, but always verify that the soap is designed for your type of floor.
- Use the correct cleaner
If your anti-wax vinyl floor needs cleaning, it is good to wash it with a cleaner designed for floors of that type, that information is in the cleaner container. If the vinyl is old and requires waxing, it is better to wash it with warm water and detergent. Moisten a sponge or mop in the mixture and rub the floor only as necessary to remove dirt. Try not to mop excessively so as not to remove the wax and not have to reapply it. Rinse with clean, cold water (although the soap specifies that you do not need rinsing it) to avoid keeping debris on the floor.
- Do not soak your vinyl
The water from a soaked mop ends up stuck in cracks, edges and veins. Once stagnant, the water destroys the glue that binds the vinyl with the floor, causing it to loosen and unfold its edges.
- Rinse well to remove all the soap
Soap can keep your floors clean but also leaves a sheet that accumulates dirt. Until your floor does not need a deep cleaning it is better to wash it with a mop and water. When you really need to wash it with soap, use two mops: one to wash and one to rinse.
- Preserve the brightness
“Do not wax” specifically means “do not wax.” Non-waxes vinyl has a polyurethane coating that makes them shine. The wax does not adhere to the polyurethane coating and leaves a difficult-to-remove filler. If your anti-wax vinyl loses shine, it is best to restore it with a polish designed for non-waxed floors, always ensuring that the vinyl is deeply clean, and apply one or two thin coats. This should keep your floors bright for at least a year, always applying the mop. If your vinyl is older and requires waxing, enlighten it when it loses brightness and also uses only the amount indicated on the product container.
- Equip your furniture with floor protectors
The weight of heavy objects (such as refrigerators) that occupy a permanent place on the kitchen floor can distort and puncture your vinyl. To prevent cracks, it is useful to add floor protection to your furniture, it can be found in any store or homeware store.
- Forget furniture with wheels
These are also very aggressive to your vinyl. Instead of using wheels, it is better to apply plush at the base of the legs of your furniture to avoid damage to the floor.
- Before making large movements, place the heavy objects on a wooden offset
Often, when we move the furniture, drag or push through the vinyl instead of lifting (causing cracks and scratches). To keep your vinyl intact, place an offset wooden board over the path on which the furniture will be moved, then push gently, always on the wood.
Remember that if you want to give your house a new aspect, and bring your decoration an innovative touch, here at ASC Building Supplies we can help you. Contact us today and our professional team will be ready to assist you and clear any doubts you have related to our top vinyl floors.