Vinyl Maintenance

After Installation:

For the first 24 hours after your new vinyl floor is installed, protect all the seamed areas and don't walk on the seam sealer.  Room temperature should be 68° F or greater for at least 2 days after installation to allow the adhesives to setup properly.

Do not roll heavy objects directly on to a newly installed vinyl floor for at least 5 days. This can cause the vinyl and adhesive to become compressed, and once the adhesive sets up any compressed marks will become permanent.

Allow 5 days before thoroughly washing your floor. This will give the adhesive time to cure.

When moving heavy objects across your vinyl floor, always lay plywood or underlayment sheets down to disperse the weight.  Before placing chairs or furniture on your new vinyl floor, check the condition of all the casters or rollers before setting them on your floor.  Replace any worn casters or rollers to prevent damage.  Protect your vinyl floor by covering the legs of furniture with felt protectors.


Routine Maintenance:

Remove dust, sand and grit particles by sweeping or vacuuming your vinyl floor regularly.  (Don’t use a vacuum with a beater bar as it may scratch your floor.)  The attachments that come with your vacuum are effective in cleaning the edges or hard to reach areas.

Regularly mop the floor with clean, warm water.  Rinse the floor thoroughly with fresh water.  If water alone does not clean the surface, use cleaning products recommended by the manufacturer.  If you are unable to determine the manufacturer’s recommendations, use one tablespoon of liquid dish washing detergent to one quart of water, or use one tablespoon of clear ammonia to one quart of lukewarm water. Make sure you rinse the surface to avoid leaving behind a film.


Continued Maintenance:

Place non-staining, walk-off mats or slip-resistant area rugs at every outside entry to your room. This will help prevent dirt and grit from being tracked on to your floor.  Be sure to avoid using rubber-backed mats or rugs as they can damage and potentially discolor your floor.  Instead, use mats or rugs made specifically for vinyl floors and remember to treat them accordingly. Shake them off regularly.

For spots or spills, wipe up immediately and use a clean cloth to wipe a manufacturer recommended cleaner on the floor.  Make sure the product label indicates “self-cleaning”, meaning you will not get an accumulation of wax on your floor. Rinse the spot or spill area thoroughly and wipe dry with a clean cloth.

Avoid using abrasive scrubbing tools as they will leave scratches.

Never use abrasive cleaners, soaps, paste waxes, or solvents on your vinyl floor.

If your floor becomes dull looking, try first cleaning it with lukewarm water and clear ammonia to see if there’s a film on your floor causing the dullness. (Use the proportions of water to ammonia stated above.)  If that doesn’t work, use the manufacturer's recommended floor polish to restore your vinyl floor to its original gloss level.

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.

Any vinyl floor with a PVC wearlayer will show scuffs, scratches and other marks very easily. By adding the coats of floor polish you will make the floor easier to maintain.

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