How to care for your vinyl floor
In order to keep that long-lasting shine and fresh new feel of your investment for as long as possible, we recommend the following do’s and don’ts.
- Wipe up spills as soon as possible. Most vinyl or resilient floors are not affected by household spills: however, any spill should be cleaned up immediately. The longer the spill is left on the floor, the greater the risk of permanently staining the floor. For information regarding the proper method or solution to use on a specific stain, please contact your Atlanta Flooring Design Sales Associate.
- Wash your floor occasionally with a floor cleaner or neutral detergent. It is recommended you consult the manufacturer's care instructions for the type of vinyl you purchased.
- Sweep, dust, or vacuum your floor daily or more frequently if needed.
- Use detergents, vinegar, abrasive cleaners, or "mop and shine" products - they may leave a dull film on your floor.
- Use paste wax or solvent-based polishes.
- Use a beater bar when vacuuming because it can visibly damage the floor surface.
- Use highly abrasive scrubbing tools.
Immediately after installation
- Maintain room temperature at 65 degrees Fahrenheit for 48 hours after installation is completed. This assures proper curing, setting, and bonding of products.
- It is recommended that all traffic and furniture stay off the floor for 24 hours to allow the adhesive to dry. Do not wash any installation for 48 hours.
- For vinyl or resilient sheets, allow the seams to seal for 8 hours after seam application. This will ensure the proper seam bond and a seamless finish. If seams are disturbed before they’re dry, permanent damage may result.
- For vinyl tile, use a damp sponge, cloth, or mop to wipe off information that may be printed on the face of the floor. Be careful not to wipe across any seams.
Proactive protection for your floor
- Use floor protectors on furniture to reduce indentation. As a general rule of thumb, the heavier the item, the wider the floor protector needed.
- When moving appliances or heavy furniture, lay a plywood panel on your floor and "walk" the item across it. This protects your floor from scuffing and tears.
- Be careful with rolling casters. They can damage the floor and we do not recommend them. If you choose to use them, the double wheel type is the best option.
- Place a walk-off mat at outside entrances to reduce the amount of dirt brought into your home. We do not recommend the use of rubber- or latex-backed mats because the chemical (antioxidant) used to keep the backing from becoming brittle can permanently stain your floor. We suggest a non-staining vinyl mat or a woven rug that is colorfast. This will prevent tracked in dirt and grit particles.