LVT Maintenance Guide

October 23, 2023

KEEP YOUR LVT FLOORING IN TOP CONDITION WITH OUR MAINTENANCE GUIDE

In order to keep your LVT Flooring looking as good as new for as long as possible, it needs to be looked after properly.

Our maintenance guide will ensure that you’re getting the most out of your LVT floor and make sure that it’s being maintained in the correct way so that it doesn’t become damaged.

PLEASE ALWAYS CHECK ONLINE WHAT THE MANUFACTURERS OF YOUR FLOORING RECOMMEND AND FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES TO ENSURE THAT YOUR WARRANTY REMAINS VALID, AND YOUR FLOORS CONTINUE TO LOOK LIKE NEW!

LVT Flooring – Cleaning Supplies

Before cleaning your LVT floor you need to make sure that you have the right equipment for the job. If you use the wrong tools or cleaning products, then your floor may become damaged.

The basics you will need to clean your LVT are:

Soft brush/broom

Vacuum – set to the low pile setting

Mop and bucket (mop must be totally wringed out)

LVT friendly detergent – many Manufacturers can supply LVT kits or you can find one online

LVT Maintenance Guide

Karndean Flooring Kit

CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE

Day-To-Day Maintenance

For the everyday maintenance of your LVT floors, there’s very little that you need to do. To clean the everyday dirt and debris that accumulates on your floor, you simply have to either brush or vacuum your LVT.

For day-to-day maintenance, we recommend using a Swiffer mop to clean your LVT. They are lightweight, simple to use, and extremely flexible. Its flexibility and potential to reach difficult areas such as corners and under beds or sofas etc. have made the Swiffer a popular choice in many homes. However, with a Swiffer mop, you have to use disposable wipes which can be costly.

Additionally, you need to tend to spillages immediately before they settle in, potentially causing stains. You can use a brush and mop to do this. However, when mopping up stains or spillages you should use an LVT-friendly cleaner so that you don’t cause further damage to your floor.

Deep Clean

Despite cleaning your LVT floor regularly, you will occasionally need to do a deep clean to repair any damages that may have been caused. If your LVT has become scratched and the scratch isn’t too deep in the finish, you can likely buff out the small finish. You could possibly refinish your floor after cleaning, which will likely hide any small scratches or scuffs. However, for deeper scratches, you might need a spot repair kit.

Whilst LVT stains don’t happen often, there’s still a risk, so you should be prepared just in case! In most cases, you can get rid of a stain with a heavy-duty flooring cleaner. We recommend not using a steam cleaner as the steam can actually cause damage to your LVT flooring. Despite LVT being waterproof, it isn’t built to withstand heavy amounts of steam and can lead to warping and/or discoloration.

PROTECTING YOUR LVT FLOORS

Doormats And Rugs

Place doormats near all exterior exits as they will help to stop any dirt or water from coming into contact with your floor. A rug can also help prevent dirt and debris from coming into contact with your floor as well as adding to the décor of your home!

Furniture Felt Protectors

Using furniture felt pads will also protect your flooring from scratching and denting. If furniture is moved around, your floor can become damaged however, if you have felt furniture pads on the bottom of your furniture then this will help decrease the risk of scratches and dents to your LVT. We also recommend picking up your furniture to move it, even if you have furniture pads to further ensure that no damage will come to your LVT.

Spillages

LVT is waterproof so it can withstand more water than solid wood flooring or a laminate floor; however, we don’t recommend flooding the floors as this can lead to moisture entrapment which can cause your LVT to warp and mold to grow. If a spillage does occur, it could cause staining, so it is advised to clean up spillages immediately, with a damp mop.

Pets

If you have pets, then you may need to brush and vacuum your floor a couple more times during the week to ensure that any excess pet hairs and dirt they may bring into the home are cleaned up. We also recommend keeping your pets’ nails trimmed to avoid your LVT becoming scratched or dented.

Soft Soled Shoes Or No Shoes

An LVT’s worst enemy is a pointy stiletto Shoes, they can cause scratching and denting to your floor. So, to protect your LVT you can ask your guests to politely take their shoes off before coming into your home. This will reduce the risk of scratching/denting but also reduce the risk of excess dirt coming into your home. Alternatively, you can allow your family and guests to keep their shoes on as long they’re soft-soled shoes this will help reduce the risk of scratching/denting.

LVT DO’S & DONT’S

All our tips and tricks are designed to keep your LVT looking good for as long as possible. However, if you’re still unsure here are our top do’s and don’ts that we have spoke about throughout this blog!

Do’s

  • Sweep or vacuum regularly
  • Mop your floor at least once a week with a damp mop or Swiffer
  • Clean up spillages right away
  • Place doormats by exterior exits
  • Place rugs on your LVT to protect the floor
  • Keep pets’ nails trimmed

Dont’s

  • Drag furniture around on LVT
  • Leave spillages sitting on your floor for long periods of time
  • Use abrasive cleaning supplies such as scouring/scrubbing pads (include in cleaning paragraph)
  • Use a steam cleaner
  • Flood your floor with water

REPLACING YOUR LVT FLOORS

Is your current LVT floor old and looking a little worse for wear? It might be time to invest in a new floor. Why not pop into our carpet and flooring showroom on the Thornbury Industrial Estate and view all our LVT ranges.

CONCLUSION

We hope that our maintenance guide will help to keep your LVT floors looking as good as new for years to come. If you follow our tips and tricks, we are confident that your LVT will stay clean and damage-free! However, if you’re unsure about anything just give us a call. It’s always better to be safe than sorry! or look online at the MANUFACTURERS CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS.

PHOENIX FLOORING LIMITED, BRISTOL

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