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  • Writer's pictureCraig Emmerson

How to clean and protect LVT and other Vinyl Flooring

Having invested in expensive LVT or other type of vinyl flooring you'll naturally want to protect your investment and ensure it lasts as long as possible.

We recommend an annual clean from a professional and the application of a protective coat. The above video is Bassetlaw Pro-Clean carrying out an annual clean of a vinyl floor. In-between these cleans there are steps you can carryout at home.

Keeping your Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) flooring in top-notch condition doesn't require elaborate tools or professional expertise. With just a few simple steps and regular household equipment, you can ensure your LVT continues to shine.

1. Sweeping and Vacuuming:

Start by removing loose dirt and debris using a soft-bristle broom or a vacuum with a soft brush attachment. Regular sweeping or vacuuming prevents abrasive particles from scratching the surface of your LVT.

2. Gentle Mopping:

For routine cleaning, a damp mop is your best friend. Mix a mild pH-neutral floor cleaner with warm water and mop the LVT surface gently. Avoid excessive water, as standing moisture can damage the flooring. Ensure the mop is well-wrung before use.

3. Stain Removal:

Tackle stains promptly using a mixture of water and a gentle, non-abrasive cleaner. Avoid harsh chemicals or abrasive pads, as they can damage the protective layer of the LVT. A soft cloth or sponge is usually sufficient for stain removal. Contact your local professional if you are struggling to remove a stain.

5. Felt Pads for Furniture:

Prevent scratches by attaching felt pads to the legs of furniture. This simple step is often overlooked but goes a long way in preserving the integrity of your LVT flooring.

6. Avoid Harsh Chemicals:

When cleaning, steer clear of harsh chemicals, bleach, or abrasive cleaners, as they can compromise the protective layer of your LVT. Stick to gentle, pH-neutral solutions to maintain the flooring's longevity.

7. Regular Inspections:

Periodically inspect your LVT flooring for any signs of wear or damage. Addressing issues promptly prevents them from escalating and helps keep your floors looking pristine.

8. Avoid Direct Sunlight:

Did you know the sun shining in through a door or window can damage your flooring and mark it beyond repair? Yes, even in the UK! Try using blinds or window tints to ensure you don't ruin your flooring. Of course the odd day will be fine but regular UV in the same spot will ruin the appearance of your investment.

By incorporating these straightforward cleaning and protective measures into your routine, you can ensure that your LVT flooring remains a stunning and durable foundation for your home. With a little care and attention, you'll enjoy the beauty of your LVT for years to come, all achieved with regular household equipment and a mindful approach to maintenance.

Don't forget, an annual clean and protect from your local professional will get the best from your flooring.

Email or call/text 07360092147 for any advice.

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