Whether you’ve already purchased your Distinctive floor, or you’re still making your decision, it’s important that you know how to look after it.
New flooring can be a big investment, so we want to make sure that your new flooring continues to look its best for years to come. Our LVT floor is not only beautiful, but it is also highly durable and waterproof. They are easy to clean and maintain, and for this reason, they’re often used to replace higher maintenance flooring options such as solid wood flooring. It only takes a few simple care and maintenance steps to keep your Distinctive LVT floor looking beautiful for years to come.
To help, we’ve put together some cleaning guidelines, from everyday cleaning tips to tips on protecting your floor, to really show you how simple it is to care for your Distinctive floor…
Day to day cleaning
When cleaning your floor day-to-day, make sure to use a soft-bristled brush to collect up any dirt or dust. This should be done every day if possible to reduce any build-up which could potentially scratch your floor. If you’re going to use a vacuum cleaner, ensure you check with the manufacturer that the machine is suitable for use with Luxury Vinyl Tile beforehand. Ensure there are no sharp objects or grit on the floor or trapped in the vacuum roller before you start, as these could cause damage to your floor.
We recommend that you wash your LVT floor weekly, using a PH neutral floor cleaner. It’s important that you check the bottle before you use it, ensuring that the cleaning agent is designed for use on LVT floors. Make sure that your mop isn’t overly wet - rather damp - mops which expel excess water are ideal here. Water can cause damage to the glue bond that holds the vinyl in place, causing it to come loose. A damp cloth or well wrung out mop should be used before letting your floor dry naturally and before letting children or pets back in!
Don’t forget that all hard floors can be slippery when wet, so take extra care and ensure the floor area is completely dry before walking on.
Protecting your floor
It’s always good to keep on top of cleaning your LVT floor on a daily basis, but it’s equally important to protect it too.
There are numerous ways you can protect your floor, all of which are simple and straight forward - and will be worthwhile in the long run. A good way to start is by placing doormats at all entrances. This can help reduce the amount of moisture and dirt that comes into your home, and on to your LVT floor. It’s important to choose wisely though, as some mats can cause damage, discolouration or staining to your floor based on the type of backing they use. Bearing this in mind, we recommend using high quality, latex-backed doormats, such as Turtle Mats. The golden rule: if you’re unsure, always check the backing of doormats before you place them on to your LVT floor.
It’s a good idea to use felt pads on your furniture legs to protect the floor from scratches and scuffs - this will also protect the floor when it comes to moving furniture in the future. If you don’t have felt pads and are looking to move heavy furniture, either lift the items that need to be moved or use strips of wood or hardboard runways as floor protection. In addition to scratches and scuffs from moving furniture, your floor could also be at risk of indentations forming from heavy furniture. To prevent this from happening you can use castor cups - they are a great idea as they’ll distribute the weight of heavy objects/furniture which will stop indentations occurring and will protect the floor for longer.
At Distinctive Flooring, we offer a wide range of luxury vinyl tiles to suit both your taste and lifestyle. We have a variety of beautiful designs available, so get started and take a look at our collections today and become inspired. Don’t forget to share your photos with us via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest.