Resilient flooring is a great value and extremely durable. But perhaps one of the most attractive features of resilient flooring is how easy it is to maintain. Unlike many other types of flooring, resilient flooring is highly resistant to both liquid spills and stains. This makes resilient a great choice for kitchens, bathrooms, entryways and laundry rooms.
As great as it is, there is still some general maintenance you must do to keep your flooring looking great for many years to come. Resilient flooring is already built to last, so by following these steps you can get your money’s worth many times over.
Whenever you have heavy furniture or appliances on your floors you want to place protection underneath. Felt or plastic floor protectors should be placed under chairs, tables or other pieces of furniture.
Use mats at entrances to prevent debris such as rocks and dirt from being tracked across your floor. Good quality walk off mats will capture the vast majority of dirt and grit before it can soil or scratch your floor. Avoid rubber-backed mats as these can permanently stain some vinyl floors.
How to Clean Resilient Flooring
Sweep or vacuum your floor regularly to pick up dust and other debris. Wipe up spills quickly. Although most vinyl floors are highly stain resistant, nothing is totally stain-proof.
When a deeper clean is needed all you really need is a damp mop and the manufacturer’s recommended cleaner. Never use any harsh chemicals or detergents on your resilient floor as this is not needed and could cause damage. Oil soaps and dish washing detergent, for example, leave a soapy residue that dirt will stick to and cause your floor to need cleaning more often. You should read the manufacturer guidelines that came with your flooring as they may have specific care instructions to prevent you from voiding your warranty.