Vinyl plank flooring is a great alternative to hardwood floors. It consists of vinyl planks which are attached onto the subfloor with nails or adhesive, or are installed as a floating floor. This creates both a resilient and durable flooring material. The planks come in various colors and patterns, which makes it easy to create an attractive look. You can even achieve the effect of hardwood flooring. However, vinyl flooring is a much cheaper option to hardwood flooring, especially if you are on a tight budget. It is also easier to maintain. With proper care, your floor can withstand several years of traffic before it becomes necessary to replace it. It doesn’t take much to maintain a vinyl plank floor as outlined in the steps below.
Step 1 - Sweep Regularly
Use a soft broom or dust mop to clear dust and fine debris from your floor regularly. You may want to do this at least once a week to prevent the buildup of dirt. However, if the floor is in a high traffic area, it is best to sweep it more often. When swept regularly, the floor maintains its finish for longer.
Step 2 - Deep Clean
Deep cleaning can be done once every two weeks. It helps to remove stubborn dirt that may not be easily removed when the floor is swept. Measure one gallon of water and ½ a cup white vinegar in a bucket. Dip a mop into the solution. Wring the mop moderately so it doesn’t leave much water on the floor when used. Mop the floor in small sections, from side to side, until you’ve cleaned the entire floor.
Step 3 - Rinse
Pour out the vinegar solution. Rinse the bucket and mop well. Fill the bucket with plain water. Mop the entire floor to remove the vinegar solution. Dry the floor with an old towel.
Step 4 - Seal
Apply a vinyl finish to your floor every two to three years. Use a paint roller to apply two to three light coats of the finish. This gives the floor higher protection from scuffs and other damages.
Step 5 - Inspect Regularly
It helps if you inspect your floor regularly. With time, some of the planks may become loose. If you spot loose nails, use a hammer to drive them in. The longer you take to attend to it, the higher the chance that the nail may cause injuries. However, if your planks are attached with adhesive, use a vinyl floor adhesive to secure the planks onto the subfloor. Obtain a vinyl repair kit from a home improvement store. This comes in handy for minor repairs, such as scratches, gaps or small holes on your floor.
Step 6 - Cautionary Measures
It is a good idea to use rugs at entryways. This helps to capture grit, which easily causes marks on your vinyl floor. Avoid using excessive water when you clean your floor. It may get between the vinyl planks and cause damage to the subfloor.