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Vinyl is easily one of the most versatile types of
flooring. It is extremely durable and can look like anything, from stone to
wood and other natural materials. While vinyl floors are easy to care for,
there are some general rules you should follow to keep your vinyl floor clean
and vibrant throughout its life in your house.
Sweep or Vacuum
Dust, grit, sand, and any other abrasive materials can scratch vinyl, even with
the protective surface layer. Sweep or vacuum your vinyl floor regularly.
Vacuums have trouble suctioning to vinyl at times, so you might be better off
using a broom. Placing mats at all the outside entrance areas can greatly
reduce the amount of dirt and grit on your vinyl floor.
Wash and Mop
Mop your floor weekly or monthly, depending on the amount of traffic you get
and how dirty your floor gets. Stay away from rag mops, as they have a tendency
to leak water into the cracks between the vinyl flooring. Wash your vinyl floor
with a mild, non-abrasive cleaning agent, preferably one that is specifically
recommended by the manufacturer. Don't use any abrasive cleaners, paste waxes,
or solvents-many of these products can scratch and discolor your floor.
Protection from Furniture
If you're moving furniture over a vinyl floor, pick it up or slip a sock over
the furniture legs. If you have chairs or tables on a vinyl floor, get gliders
or another type of protection for the bottom of your furniture's feet.
Polishing your floor is a great way to maintain its sheen and add extra
protection to your floor. Do it every so often with a polish that is approved
by the manufacturer and safe for your floor.
Wipe up Spills
If anything spills on the floor, wipe it up immediately. Don't use soap, as
that can dull your floor with an extra layer of film. Use a clean cloth and
regular water to wipe it up.
In all, vinyl floors really are some of the easiest floors to own, and remain
one of the most popular types of flooring on the market. Unfortunately, too
many people don't take proper care of their floors, and they grow dirty and
dull. But by simply cleaning your vinyl floor regularly and ensuring it gets
the proper care, your floor will last many years longer than most, and retain
its health and beauty well into old age.