How to Clean Vinyl Floors
With Melissa Maker of Clean My Space
Installing a new vinyl floor is an exciting way to spruce up any space. Knowing how to take good care of it is key to maintaining that new floor glow. Find out from cleaning expert, Melissa Maker, how to care for your vinyl floor.
Immediately after installation
- Protect and do not disturb the sealed seams on your resilient sheet flooring for at least 16 hours after seam sealer application to ensure a proper seam bond.
- For ungrouted vinyl tiles floors such as DuraCeramic or Adura, resilient sheet and resilient tile floors, keep traffic to a minimum during the first 48 hours to allow the adhesive to harden. For grouted vinyl tile floors, keep all traffic off the floor for 24 hours, then open to light foot traffic only for the next 24 hours. Resume normal traffic after 48 hours.
- Furniture should not be placed on the floor until the adhesive and grout, if applicable, has had adequate time to dry (48 hours for grouted vinyl tile floors and at least 24 hours for all other products).
- Always move heavy furniture and appliances with care to avoid gouging or tearing the floor. First, lay strips of plywood or hardboard panels on the floor. Then roll, “walk” or slide these items on the strips. Do not push or pull appliances and heavy furniture without taking these precautions.
- Wash your floor using a suitable resilient floor cleaner 48 hours after installation.
Caution: Resilient flooring, like other types of smooth floors, can become slippery when wet. Allow time for the floor to dry after washing. Immediately wipe up wet areas from spills or wet feet. Place mats at outside entrances to prevent water, snow or ice from being tracked onto your floor. Improper polishes or finishes can also cause slipperiness.
- Make sure furniture legs have large surface, nonstaining floor protectors. Replace small, narrow metal or dome-shaped glides with smooth, flat glides that are in flat contact with the floor. Glides should be equipped with self-adhesive felt pads to avoid scratching the surface of the floor. The pads should be checked periodically for grit and wear and replaced when necessary.
- Heavy furniture or appliances that are not moved often should be equipped with flat, nonstaining composition furniture casters or cups of appropriate size – available square from 1 ½” to 2 5/8” and round from 1 3/8” to 1 5/8”.
- Mobile appliances and furniture should be equipped with easily swiveling casters. They should be at least 2” in diameter with nonstaining hard rubber treads at least 3/4” wide. Do not use ball-shaped casters.
- Place mats at outside entrances to prevent dirt, grit and soil from being tracked onto your floor. Use 100% latex- backed mats, because some rubber-backed mats or carpets may permanently stain your floor.
- To help prevent staining from asphalt tracking, we recommend the use of a latex-based driveway sealer.
- Draw drapes and blinds during peak periods of strong sunlight. Resilient floors, like other home furnishing products, may discolor or fade when overexposed to the sun.
- Heat-producing appliances such as a refrigerator or range, or hot air registers emitting a direct flow of heat in excess of 120° F, even intermittently, can scorch, burn, discolor or fade your floor. Cigarettes, matches and other very hot objects can also damage your floor.
- Avoid wearing stiletto or spiked heels on your floor. These types of heels can indent or damage many types of floors.
- Sweep or vacuum regularly to remove dirt and grit that can abrade, dull or scratch your new floor. Do not use a vacuum with a beater brush, because it may damage the floor’s surface.
- Wipe up spills promptly with a damp cloth or mop.
- Wash your floor with a suitable resilient floor cleaner.