Vinyl floorings are a choice of many homeowners for the beauty they provide to the home’s interiors at affordable prices. Though many people still prefer the hardwood floorings for their homes, they are both expensive to buy and difficult to maintain. Wood requires regular waxing, sealing and refurbishing.
Vinyl plank flooring brings the same effect, but they are cheaper to buy and easier to maintain. Maintaining the look and glaze of your luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) floors requires minimum effort.
Simple and affordable ways to clean your vinyl floors
Cleaning the vinyl flooring is a necessary household chore to keep your home germ-free and looking good. However, stains and spills will happen, even if there are no children or pets in the house. Here, we are sharing with you a few tips for cleaning and removing the stains from your vinyl flooring:
Set a cleaning schedule: LVT flooring is synonymous with a unique gloss which will disappear under dust and dirt, if not cleaned regularly. Schedule the cleaning in your weekly chores and stick to the plan to keep your flooring sparkling clean.
Don’t be afraid to adopt the Eastern style: Keep separate shoes and slippers to wear inside the home. Asian countries are dusty and thus, it is is an acceptable practice in many Asian countries. You, too, can add a shoe rack at the entrance and keep slippers or sandals handy to minimise the dust entering your home.
Avoid harsh soaps to clean the floors: Most experts suggest the use of apple cider vinegar to clean the floors of your house. Apart from the fact that this product is eco-friendly, its citric makes it easier to remove the dirt and grime. However, do not let the vinegar stand on the tile, and wipe-off off thoroughly to avoid staining. If you wish to disinfect the floors in addition to cleaning them, you may consider distilled white vinegar instead.
Vacuum clean the dirt on your floor: The suction force of the vacuum cleaner can help you get rid of the dust particles layering the floor. However, refrain from daily switching on the beater bars as the hard bristles at the bottom of the vacuum blower can harm the flooring – use them for a weekly or bi-monthly cleaning. Excessive use of the bristles can cause the floor to crack at various places.
Alternatively, you could buy a Dyson cordless vacuum with the company’s Soft Roller floorhead, as this is designed for cleaning hard floors without damaging them. The “Absolute” versions tend to include this tool, but you can look at this page for detailed model comparison.
Use baking soda paste to get rid of the stains on the floor: If your floor has ink spots on it, you may consider rubbing the affected portion with a soft cloth dipped in alcohol. Nail polish spills or stains can be erased by dabbing with a cloth or cotton pad dipped in nail polish remover. As mentioned above, wipe off the cleaning agent to avoid discolouration.
Avoid steaming the flooring: This is true of whether you want to clean traditional wooden floors or vinyl floor tiles. Many people use steam mops to ensure quick and effective cleaning of floors. Unfortunately, the heat and consequent vapour in the steam can damage the upper layer of your vinyl floors, thus, rendering them vulnerable to further damage.