Vinyl Maintenance

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Tips and Advice, Vinyl

Flooring, no matter how new or beautiful, is meant to be walked upon. Vinyl flooring is no exception. Time and the onslaught of foot traffic will most certainly take its toll. But take heart, keeping your vinyl flooring as beautiful and inviting as the day it was installed just requires a little knowledge. So, check out the following advice and be a little smarter about smart and stylish vinyl flooring.

New vinyl floors are extremely durable and long lasting, but like any floor covering they still need regular maintenance to stay looking like new. Follow these general guidelines for vinyl flooring. For more detailed information always refer to the manufacturer’s written floor care procedures. You can’t avoid wear on your vinyl flooring, but knowing how to care for and maintain it can keep you floor in beautiful condition and make it a source of pride for years to come.

  • For the first 24 hours after your new vinyl floor is installed, protect all the seamed areas.
  • Keep the room at 68° F or greater for at least 2 days after installation.
  • Do not roll heavy objects directly on to a newly installed vinyl floor for at least 5 days.
  • Allow 5 days before thoroughly washing your floor.
  • Lay plywood down before moving heavy objects.
  • Check the condition of rollers and casters before use.
  • Protect your vinyl floor by covering the legs of furniture with felt protectors.
  • Remove dust, sand and grit particles.
  • Don’t use a vacuum with a beater bar.
  • Rinse the floor thoroughly with fresh water after cleaning
  • Place non-staining, walk-off mats or rugs at every outside entry to your room.
  • Be sure to avoid using rubber-backed mats or rugs.
  • Use rugs specially designed for vinyl floors.
  • For spots or spills, wipe them up immediately.
  • Make sure the floor’s manufacturer recommends the cleaner you are using.
  • Avoid using abrasive scrubbing tools.
  • Never use abrasive cleaners, soaps, paste waxes, or solvents on your vinyl floor.
  • If you purchased a PVC vinyl floor you should consider placing 2-3 coats of the manufacturer’s recommended floor polish on the floor immediately.
  • Cover open seams immediately.
  • If your floor gets a cut or gouge in it, cover the area immediately and call your flooring professional.
  • Urethane floors finish can darken over time.
  • For more maintenance information specific to your vinyl flooring, remember to consult the manufacturers’ recommendations.



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Comments (2)

  • Leslie Baum


    Some of the article was cut off
    Do I clean with water only? Also, what finish do I use to protect it ? Thank


    • Nick Cellucci


      Hi Leslie – sorry you were unable to see part of the article, but I’m happy to answer your questions!

      You can opt to clean with water only, but we also recommend using a diluted soap solution (just a squirt of non-acidic cleaner in a bucket of water when mopping will do.

      As for the finish you use, that will largely depend on the product. Manufacturers will generally provide care & maintenance recommendations along with the products they produce, and the finish you should use would likely be listed among them. If you no longer have access to that information, or you’re not sure what specific LVT product you have, give us a call. Our sales team is well-versed in the care of these products and should be able to help you come up with a solution.


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