A vinyl floor is a practical choice for anyone who wants to make their homes look good without spending too much money. The great thing about vinyl is how versatile it is. You can get almost any look you want, even a wood or marble looking finish. With a Karndean Flooring Supplier, you have a massive range to choose from.
To get the absolute best out of your vinyl floor and to keep it in the best condition for as long as possible, there are certain tips you should follow. These tips should help prolong the life of any vinyl floor if followed properly.
You must limit the amount of dirt coming into the room and you can do this with the aid of door mats located at any doors leading to outside, have people take their shoes off before entering your home as dirt can act as sandpaper and can make the floor look worn and faded. Sweep or vacuum every day too, if you are not used to vacuuming every day, try to make it a habit, do it after you’ve done other household tasks and soon it will become part of your daily routine.
There are also certain chemicals that your shoes come into contact with, especially in tarmac, which you are bound to step on if you go outside. These chemicals help to make the tarmac, but are bad for your vinyl floors and can cause it to yellow in colour.
So to summarise, you must keep your floors clean! The best way to prolong the life of your vinyl floor is to keep on top of cleaning. Clean away any dirt and spillages before it becomes a problem.
Shampoo makes a great cleaner surprisingly and is not has harsh as other household cleaners. Just mix a small amount of shampoo with a bucket of water, mop the floors then rinse off with a damp mop. Make sure the mop isn’t too wet though as it will take longer to dry.
Being enthusiastic about cleaning your floor is a great way to be, however be careful as too much enthusiasm with cleaning can be bad for your floors. Just like too much of anything is bad; don’t keep cleaning the same area over and over. Once a day is enough, unless of course there is a spill.
Using the mildest methods possible, gentle sweeping, scrubbing and using a vacuum with a special fitted vinyl attachment helps. You can also use soap but make sure it’scompatible with your floor, as some soaps can cause further problems. Rinse the soap off properly otherwise you can cleave soapy streaks.
Wax or No Wax
It is important to find out if the floor you have contains a clear, tough acrylic or urethane finish as this will tell you if you can use wax or not to make your floor shine, this will also make a big difference in the types of cleaners you can and can’t use. If your floor is no wax, as in you don’t need to wax it then you will need a cleaner specifically made for no wax floors. Be sure to follow the instructions to the letter because if you don’t you may run into problems. Typically newer installations tend to be no wax; it’s the older style vinyl floors that require waxing. If you do have an older installation, clean first with warm water and a mild soap enough to loosen any dirt, but not enough to wash off any waxy coating the floor may already have. If you are too thorough with your cleaning, you can end up taking off the waxy coat and will have to reapply it.
If you are unsure of the type of floor you have then you can always ask any Chester Flooring Supplies to check for you.
Too Much Water
Too much water can damage the vinyl. Bigliquid spills left and not cleaned up, as well as very wet mops can allow water to get into the seams and edges or the floor. Liquids can stop the glue bonds in the floor from working properly and will eventually loosen corners and make the floor peel up.
Protection from Scratches
One of the easiest ways to scratch a floor is by moving heavy furniture around. It may either be on purpose, such as re arrangingfurniture, or could be entirely accidental, such as nudging the table, but it’s enough to scratch your floors. To prevent this, you can get protective pads that you pout underneath the legs of your furniture. Not only do they help to keep the furniture in place, if you do somehow move a piece of furniture, there is now a protective layer between the furniture piece and the floor.