6 Steps to easy vinyl floor maintenance

by Ofentse Sefolo
6 Steps to easy vinyl floor maintenance

High performance and attractiveness go hand in hand with quality vinyl. While most vinyl products are refined with an outer coating shield that protects your floorcovering, proper care and maintenance will ultimately result in a longer life span of the vinyl product.

As vinyl is the most popular choice for high traffic flooring, dirt and grit are a common occurrence and can easily become embedded in the outer layer of the vinyl and built up around skirtings and edges. The removal of dust and grit is very important as long-term build-up will cause lasting damage.

A maintenance protocol needs to form an integral part in the overall building planning for commercial, retail and industrial spaces. Flooring is the element in a building with the highest wear and tear quotient and as such, if a floor is not:
1. Adhered correctly (i.e. correct type and application of adhesives)
2. Stripped and sealed
3. Maintained
the client may feel that they have made a bad choice or installed inferior quality flooring.

Vinyl flooring care and maintenance doesn’t have to be a full-time job. However, there are a few things that are easy to do, that will keep your floors looking as good as the day they were installed.

FloorworX provides that much needed bridge from flooring supply through to maintenance.

To ensure the longevity of a vinyl floor, follow these five care and maintenance tips:
1. Wipe spills up as soon as possible
Although vinyl flooring is moisture-resistant, leaving spills on it for longer than necessary can lead to staining. Wipe up spills right away with a clean, soft towel.

2. Be careful when moving heavy equipment
Lay a piece of plywood or a furniture pad over your vinyl flooring when you have to move heavy furniture and appliances. Even with something laid over it, try not to drag the heavy equipment to avoid damage to the floor surface.

3. Don’t use rolling casters
Rolling casters can really damage vinyl flooring. If you absolutely have to use them, opt for the double wheel type.

4. Doormats prevent dirt from entering your floor surfaces
Use doormats prevent dirt from entering your floor surfaces. Sand, dirt and grit act like sandpaper if they are ground into your vinyl. Walking on gritty floors will result in the floor loses its shine.

5. Put felt protectors under heavy furniture
Being a resilient surface, vinyl flooring “gives” a little bit. If heavy furniture is place on it without any protection, the floor can dent or buckle. A little bit of felt cushioning between the furniture and the floor can prevent this!

If correctly installed and maintained, vinyl flooring will provide years of carefree use.

For more information, contact FloorworX:
Tel: 0860 346 679
Email: info@floorworx.co.za
Website: www.floorworx.co.za

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