How to maintain luxury vinyl flooring

Luxury vinyl (LVF) has many benefits that will transform both your home and your life, but perhaps the biggest one of all is low maintenance. Luxury vinyl flooring care doesn’t require much except daily sweeping and periodic deep cleaning. Other benefits include 100% waterproof capabilities, high-end yet affordable, style: durability, and easy installation.

A detailed guide to taking care of your vinyl flooring

When you sweep daily, be sure to get into corners and under cabinets so dirt can’t hide. The reason you want to do this is so that dirt won’t embed and scratch. Microfiber mops are often recommended because they pick up dust and have removable, washable pads. Often, sponge mops will only push the dirt around. Use a manufacturer-approved cleaner, and avoid the waxy, shine-promoting ones you see on supermarket shelves. They can damage the urethane finish and dull the floor; if you think you need more shine, speak to a flooring expert.

You can also make your own. Mix one cup of apple cider vinegar (or white vinegar if you also want to disinfect) with one gallon of hot water. If the floor is very dirty, add a drop of dishwashing liquid but mop again, with only the vinegar and water solution. If there are stubborn stains, make a paste of baking soda and water and rub gently.

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What is pitting?

Sometimes, when a floor is textured to make it look more realistic, or if the vinyl is cut into planks, it can have minor grooves or "pits" where the dirt will hide and embed. While these grooves do give the flooring a premium look, they can also make them harder to clean. As always, prevention is better than treatment; if you sweep daily, this should not happen. However, if it does use a multi-surface cleaner (again, check that it’s approved), drop it on the embedded dirt, let it sit for two to three minutes, and then mop. Repeat if needed, letting it sit longer and then wiping it with a soft brush or non-abrasive nylon pad. NOTE: Sometimes, the cleaners come in concentrated form and, if so, read the directions carefully for the proper ratio of water to cleaner.

Your source for vinyl plank flooring in Valdosta

To learn more about this incredible flooring material or any of our other products, visit the Traditions Flooring showroom in Valdosta, GA. We can tell you about luxury vinyl flooring care and also give you a free estimate. We service the greater areas of Valdosta, GA, Quitman, GA, Clyattville, GA, Hahira, GA, Lake Park, GA, Adel, GA, Nashville, GA, Moultrie, GA, Tifton, GA && Madison, FL.