How to Clean Luxury Vinyl Flooring
Luxury vinyl flooring has been sweeping the nation for the past decade. Originally invented as an alternative to linoleum flooring, vinyl flooring is a popular choice for its durability, temperature resistance, and affordability.
Whether you have opted for luxury vinyl tile or luxury vinyl wood planks, one thing is certain – this flooring saves you from not only the costs associated with traditional tile or hardwood, but also the headaches.
Gone are the days of scrubbing tile grout or having your hardwood floors sanded and refinished. With luxury vinyl flooring, cleaning and care is simple. Ashburn, VA flooring experts at Hatcher’s Floors share simple tips to keep your vinyl flooring like-new for much longer.
What is the best way to clean vinyl plank flooring?
Gone are the days of getting on your knees and scrubbing your floors. With luxury vinyl tile or planks, there are two ways to keep it clean – daily maintenance and deep cleaning.
One of the main reasons homeowners may opt for luxury vinyl is thanks to its resistance to dents, scratches, and moisture.
A basic mop, broom, and/or vacuum will help keep your vinyl floors tidy.
However, be sure not to overdo it when it comes to mopping. While many modern luxury vinyl flooring brands such as Coretec, Lifeproof, Nucore, Armstrong, Shaw, Mohawk, and Mannington offer waterproof vinyl flooring, it is still important to limit soaking the floors with mop water.
What cleaners are safe for vinyl floors?
One of the best cleaners for vinyl flooring is apple cider vinegar or regular white vinegar diluted with water.
Many homeowners may wonder if vinegar will damage vinyl floors, but that is not correct. It is a very popular, affordable, and organic solution to clean and disinfect your vinyl floors.
Other popular cleaners that are safe for vinyl floors are:
- Pine-Sol Multi-Surface Cleaner – Yes, Pine Sol on vinyl floors is a fine option; however, use sparingly with water. Do not oversaturate your vinyl floors with too much water, use just enough to disinfect the floors.
- Pledge Tile & Vinyl Floor Cleaner – Made specifically for tile and vinyl floors, Pledge provides another great option for cleaning and bringing some shine to your vinyl flooring.
- Pledge Tile & Vinyl Floor Finish with Future Shine – Another Pledge option to improve shine and bring back to life your vinyl floors, or keep them in like-new condition.
- Armstrong’s Once ‘n Done Resilient and Ceramic No-Rinse Floor Cleaner – Armstrong’s no-rinse cleaner is a solid option for cleaning vinyl flooring, since it does not have to be “rinsed” off with water, thus saving your vinyl flooring from possible edge lifting due to moisture.
- Armstrong Shinekeeper Polish – Armstrong’s option for keeping your floors shiny and looking like-new.
Supplemental Cleaning Supplies:
How to Clean NuCore Vinyl Flooring:
Looking for a NuCore floor cleaner? Popular options are a vinegar solution or a dishwashing liquid soap.
Pine-Sol is also safe for luxury vinyl wood plank flooring and vinyl tile flooring, so long as used with a dry mop and you do not saturate the floors. Use sparingly with a thin/light/barely damp application.
Can you steam clean luxury vinyl flooring?
While luxury vinyl is scuff, scratch, water-resistant and even waterproof depending on the brand and quality you install in your home, it is not completely invincible from water damage. Even if you have installed luxury vinyl flooring in your Ashburn, VA home, stray away from using a steam mop or steam cleaning your floors. Steam may cause the planks to buckle and is not necessary to keep your vinyl floors clean and properly maintained.
How to care for luxury vinyl plank flooring
A simple dust mop and broom used daily on your vinyl floors will keep them clean. Every week to two weeks, use a wet mop like a Swiffer that doesn’t expel too much water. Or, you can opt for an organic method of lightly mopping them with a vinegar-water mixture. Make sure you wring out any excess water so your mop is not sopping wet. You only want to clean the surface of any stains or dirt each week, not saturate your vinyl flooring.
How to keep your vinyl plank flooring looking great for decades
By implementing all the steps above, your vinyl flooring can last for decades.
However, a proper vinyl flooring installation is key.
If you are in the market for new flooring and considering going with luxury vinyl wood planks or tile, contact the flooring experts at Hatcher’s Floors.
We are a local flooring company located in Springfield and have been servicing Ashburn for over three decades.
Our professional installers don’t cut corners…we can help you choose the perfect luxury vinyl flooring for your home and install it with ease and precision, so it lasts as long as possible! Contact us today for a free quote.