Vinyl Plank Floors are a breeze to maintain. Because they’re waterproof and scratch-resistant, they’re much easier to clean than hardwood or porcelain.
However, they should also be treated with care to retain their stunning appearance. And in this article we’ll look at what you need to do to keep these floors in tip-top condition.
Get rid of the dirt and dust
It’s best to give your vinyl planks a gentle sweep every day or so. A quick lap with a soft bristle broom or lightweight vacuum cleaner should usually be enough to get rid of any dirt or wayward crumbs.
If you do use a vacuum, then it’s a good idea to use a soft brush attachment too. Vacuum cleaners that use “beater bars” should also be avoided, as these can leave scratch marks on the surface.
Clean up spills quickly
Although vinyl planks are waterproof, you’ll still want to clean up spills as soon as they happen. The longer you leave a splotch of red wine or soft drink unattended, the greater the chance it’ll stain your floors.
Go lightly on scuff marks
Since harsh chemicals can damage vinyl floors you won’t want to use any cleaning products with a high pH level. Typically, a waterless hand towel such as Bostik Handy Wipes should make short work of any marks, scuffs or marker stains.
A touch of rubbing alcohol can also get rid of unsightly blemishes. Just make sure to rinse it out with water after you’re done so that the alcohol doesn’t leave any stains.
Homemade solutions can help
Although rubbing alcohol is a great way to get rid of stains, a gallon of water with a dash of apple cider vinegar or white vinegar can also get the job done. Because these solutions are not overly acidic, they’ll leave your floors intact while getting rid of the grime.
Use a spray mop
Spray mops are suitable for a wide range of floors, including hybrid, laminate and timber flooring. They can also be used on vinyl planks using water or a neutral floor cleaner.
Spraying your floors evenly and keeping any water or liquids well-dispersed will also ensure that your floors don’t get overly saturated.
Vinyl planks are incredibly durable and so long as you take care of them they should last you for years. Just steer clear of the bleach and abrasive scrubbers to keep their natural shine intact.