Luxury Vinyl Flooring

By Annette M. Callari, Allied ASID; CMG

You made a great flooring choice—all the beauty and character of real wood, but in a family friendly luxury vinyl-wood floor. So now what? How do you keep it looking as awesome as it does? Here’s some practical advice from my friends at Karndean DesignFloors, a 40 year veteran of creating true-to-life vinyl woods and stones.

  • All hard floors can be slippery when wet. Make sure a newly cleaned floor is completely dry before use. Also, in inclement weather, use non-rubber backed matting at entrances to prevent water from being tracked in.
  • Entrance matting is the best way to protect your floor. A 5’ wide mat is recommended and be sure to clean it regularly to maintain its effectiveness.
  • Although luxury vinyl floors are water resistant, mop up spills quickly to avoid slips.
  • Luxury Vinyl FlooringAvoid using aerosol sprays or silicone-based products as these can make floors slippery and dull the finish of your floor.
  • It is best to use the recommended manufacturer’s products to maintain your floors. It protects your floors and your warranty coverage.
  • Avoid sliding or dragging heavy furniture or appliances across the floor. Better to use load bearing castors under heavy items.
  • Rubber can permanently discolor vinyl floor coverings. Avoid using rubber backed mats, rubber furniture feet or rubber wheeled castors.
  • If surface scratching does occur, contact your flooring retailer for the manufacturer’s product recommendations. Each manufacturer has its own product solutions.
  • Accidental damage can occur in real life settings. It is always a good idea to purchase extra planks (or tiles) and store them flat in a dry place. One of the best features of LVT floors is that individual planks or tiles are replaceable!
  • Follow your manufacturer’s directions as to regular cleanings. A neutral pH cleaner is usually a safe choice, but consult your retailer or your manufacturer’s website for specific recommendations..

Luxury Vinyl FlooringYour luxury vinyl floor will give you years of excellent performance and appearance. The life cycle of LVT exceeds most floor covering types. With your attention to each of the above bullet points, your investment will be protected and the beauty of your floor extended for years to come.

Luxury Vinyl Tile Care and Maintenance

418292834_360ee4077a_mCare and Maintenance

  • Floors should never be flooded with water or be allowed to have standing water. This can loosen the adhesive.
  • Care should be taken with heavy furniture and appliances. Furniture protectors should be used that are at least 2” in diameter. The hard and small buttons sometimes found on the bottom of chairs and other pieces of furniture should be removed. High heeled shoes also apply here.
  • Protect the floors from dirt and grit that can be tracked in by using walk off mats at every entrance.
  • Do not use rubber backed mats. Certain rubber compounds can permanently stain vinyl.
  • Never use vinegar, acetone or lacquer thinner to clean these floors.
  • For extreme staining like nail polish , paint, dye and permanent markers try applying fingernail polish remover that contains acetone, but is not pure acetone with a soft cloth and gently rub.
  • Spills should be removed immediately.
  • The floor should be swept, dust mopped or vacuumed on a regular basis.
  • Stubborn rubber heel marks can be removed with a soft cloth dampened with mineral spirits.
  • When the floor gets build up, consult the with the manufacturer’s recommended cleaner system to see if a stripper is available.