Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) Care and Maintenance
Luxury plank flooring is possibly the easiest flooring to take care off in the flooring industry. There are many options to take care of your vinyl and while some manufactures have more strict guidelines than other LVT products it is a stress free floor as far as your can find one. You benefit in the time saved and money saved when you choose LVP over many other flooring options and that includes the products you have an option of using. One of the best things about your luxury plank is that it can be installed anywhere from kitchens, laundry room, bathroom, entryway, bedrooms, to basements and it's easy to take care of.
Protect Your Vinyl Plank Flooring
LVP flooring is a popular selection and here are some great ways to protect your flooring investment and keep them looking like new.
Rug pads are great for moving your furniture on vinyl flooring. Do you have old carpet? Flip it upside down and use it to slide your furniture easily without damaging it. Be careful for nails or anything that may be on the bottom of your furniture. Also, dirty wheels and debris can get stuck under and drag along your floor so keep the area clean to ensure you don't have to repair any vinyl planks.
What makes LVP great is that it's 100% waterproof and made from vinyl unlike laminate and hardwood. These lvp floors offer great protection from spills and even if you have sitting water you will be protected. This however doesn't mean to just leave sitting water for days because that water can go into baseboards and cause other unwanted damage. When LVP is properly installed and locked into place you have a great waterproof floor.
Like most other floors you will want to protect them from direct sunlight exposure. SPC flooring and other vinyl can have high contraction and expansion during heat and cold. This also can cause long term fading of color which is going to be the same with every other type of floor.
Protect under your furniture by using felt pads and keeping spills easy to clean up by putting rugs or carpets in places where you put your pets food bowls. In general it is good to use rugs in high traffic areas but is not required.
Cleaning Your Luxury Vinyl Floor
The upkeep to keep your LVP looking like it's right out of the box is simple. Each manufacture is going to have their own specific recommendations whether you have SPC or WPC flooring. One general rule is to avoid heat cleaning such as steam mops. These may damage your
Clean your flooring on a regular basis if you have high traffic in your home. Mostly you will not want to leave debris that can scratch your vinyl floors. Simple sweeping and/or vacuuming on a weekly basis if lower traffic and daily if high traffic area. It will vary if you have nobody in your home or if you are a family of 10 (pets included).
A quality vacuum is always worth it and will save your a lot of time. Also, finding a easy hand vacuum that can get small debris off of your vinyl floor and pick up pet hair will save your a lot of time. Lucky for you that the hair doesn't get stuck into your flooring like carpets and your air quality is much better in your home.
Buy yourself a vinyl plank cleaner and mop. There are a lot of products to clean your vinyl floors with and most are all great products. We usually recommend Bona cleaners because they have been around longer than we have and do a great job on all floor covering cleaning. Check with your manufacture if any additional steps can be taken.
If your flooring requires a deep clean like a tile mop and bucket please check with guidelines if you are able to do so. Most of these floors will not be damaged by the use of water to clean them but it is not a long term practice that will keep them looking like they are new. Also, steam cleaning them is a big no-no! Short term it might not do anything but regular use of the steam mop can cause sever damage to your floors.
Luxury Vinyl Plank Repair In Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Flooring Company LLC provides repair services for your vinyl plank flooring. We know that accidents happen and that with time will come a need to replace a board or other flooring repairs. If you need an estimate of your LVP floor repair please give us a call at (480) 818-0552 or reach out to us online on our contact form.