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Luxury Vinyl Tile Care & Maintenance
Unlike a natural floor, LVT needs relatively little maintenance to keep it looking as good as new. Follow the advice below to get the best from your floor.
To get the best from your new LVT flooring you should care for it properly as soon as it has been fitted:
- The floor should be clean, free from adhesive residues and left for at least 24 hours to allow the adhesive to dry.
During this period do not wash the floor and if possible avoid replacing furniture.
- When replacing your furniture, lift rather than drag, and place back down with care.
- Apply felt pads to the feet of moveable furniture such as tables and chairs to reduce the risk of scratching.
- For particularly heavy items use furniture or castor cups to help spread the load to avoid indentation.
- Don’t forget to protect the floor when moving heavy items such as fridge freezers and washing machines, or if other trades are working in the area, use thin sheets of hardboard or similar.
- Use matting compatible with PVC flooring at entrances to reduce dirt and grit entering the room.
- LVT is a low maintenance product however we would recommend dust mopping or sweeping with a soft brush day-to-day, and damp mopping the floor weekly.
- To damp mop, use an LVT Maintainer (dilute as recommended on the instructions), a traditional string mop and standard wringer bucket.
- Work backwards to the door in an “S shape” to mop.
- Rinse and wring the mop frequently.
- Wipe up any spillages immediately then clean use a ‘Spillage Remover’. Spillages of fats or grease can make floors slippery.
- Light scuff and abrasion marks can be removed by applying Spillage Remover and gently rubbing with a non-abrasive pad.
- Be careful when using furniture or glass polish as an overspray of silicone can make the surface slippery
Best Practice Hints & Tips
- Take care to avoid staining. Blot up accidental spillages as soon as possible with a clean absorbent cloth or paper towel using a Spillage Remover or diluted Maintainer.
- Regularly remove dust and dirt using a dust mop.
- Use an entrance mat and an external mat to reduce the chance of dirt, grime and grit being walked onto your floor.
- Remove dry or hardened substances with a blunt scraper or plastic spatula.
- Do not use steam cleaners.
- If vacuuming, dust mop first and check that nothing sharp is in contact with the floor which could get stuck under the vacuum and cause scratches.
- Use felt pads or furniture glides to protect the floor and add castor cups to spread loads and prevent indentations.
- Avoid contact with rubber e.g. mats or furniture bases
- UNDERFLOOR HEATING – Do not allow the floor temperature to exceed 27°C, (including under rugs).