Ten tips to ensure a luxury vinyl plank or tile floor remains looking new
Monday, February 8, 2016 1:00 AM
Read the manual. This is the first and easiest step to a long, happier, flooring experience, yet so many of us skip it. No one knows a floor better than the people who made its, so we should all follow the manufacturer’s advice.
Sweep or vacuum a couple of times a week -- maybe more if conditions warrant. The dirt and grit tracked in can be abrasive and may dull the finish over time in high-traffic areas.
Use walk-off mats at exterior entrances. (see no. 2.)
Avoid rubber backed mats as they can discolor floors.
Beater brushes on vacuum cleaners are not recommended. They may scratch the finish.
Use felt protectors if moving heavy objects.
Use non-staining feet, cups or glides under furniture legs to avoid creating permanent indentations.
A mop and warm water will usually be enough for cleanup. If not, a tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent in a quart of warm water will do the trick. Be sure to rinse thoroughly.
Never let a spill sit without wiping it up – particularly liquids that stain like juices, red wine or pet urine. Left unattended, coloring will be left behind.
Never use abrasive cleaning tools, cleaners or compounds.