Vinyl floor planks are a great alternative to hardwood or laminate flooring. Because the boards contain zero wood and alternatively are made of synthetic materials. The floors can be cheaper, look amazing and can be quite simple to maintain. Follow these quick do’s and don’ts to make your laminate flooring last for over 25 years.

Do:

Vacuum and dust the flooring

. Vinyl is a great material because it doesn’t hold onto dust as much as hardwood. But it can collect quite a bit. Use a dry mop, vacuum, or cloth to collect and remove dust from your flooring.

Use apple cider vinegar to get a deep clean.

You don’t have to worry about discolouration with vinyl flooring. Because the floorboards are made out of a synthetic material, their colour is permanent. Use diluted apple cider vinegar and water to remove dirt and grime from your floors without leaving soapy residue on the paneling. You can use a mop to cover and clean the entire space.

Use jojoba oil to remove stains.

Spilling some wine on your vinyl flooring won’t wreak nearly as much havoc as the same spill would on wood or carpet. Vinyl is not porous like carpet or wood, and cannot absorb the stain. Stubborn stains can be removed by rubbing jojoba oil gently on the stain with a cloth or soft brush.

Use alcohol to get out difficult stains.

When you have a stain that just won’t budge, use some rubbing alcohol to loosen up the stain and reveal newer-looking floorboards.

Move furniture with caution.

Vinyl, like wood, is delicate when it comes to scratches. Keep your floors looking the best they can by placing plywood or other barriers between the bottom of your furniture and the vinyl flooring.

Don’t:

Scrub.

Vinyl’s delicate texture makes it susceptible to scratching easily. To prevent these scratches, don’t scrub your floors with hard bristles. Instead, try a sponge or cloth; if you need to use a brush, make sure it has softened and won’t make deep scratches.

Use the beater attachment on the vacuum.

Similar to scrubbing the beater attachment on a vacuum can cause scratches and premature cracking in your floors. Stick with the straight suction, sweep, or dust as alternatives.

Polish.

Polishing your vinyl floors is unnecessary and can be damaging, vinyl finish, unlike wood, is naturally polished. The finish on the vinyl may be ruined if you polish them. This will result in premature aging.

Taking great care of your vinyl floors is how you can get the most out of them. But the first step to maintaining their gorgeous looks, is picking out a colour and style that works for you. Stop by Avalanche Flooring today and let us help you select the right flooring for your home’s spaces.