Cleaning & Maintaining Your Flooring

Both laminate and vinyl flooring are increasingly popular flooring choices for homeowners in the UK. However, not knowing how to properly maintain and care for them can be detrimental to their properties and aesthetics over time. A result of neglect, both laminate and vinyl wood flooring can become stained, scratched, and marked over time. What’s worse, when the damage becomes too great, this ultimately leaves families out of pocket when the time comes to replace or repair it.

We don’t want to see anyone lose out on money, especially our loyal customer base. So, here at Arnold Laver, we have put together a complete guide on how to clean and care for your laminate and vinyl flooring.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring mimics natural wood flooring but comes at a much lower cost for the homeowner. Like solid wood flooring, it needs care and maintenance in order to preserve its features, but these procedures do have some slight differences.

Maintaining Laminate Flooring

Firstly, it is very important to clean up spills immediately on laminate flooring. This can be done by soaking up excess liquid with a damp cloth and then using a soft and dry cloth to finish. You must not leave any liquid to sit on laminate flooring for a long period of time, as this can stain the planks and also cause them to swell or warp. 

How to Clean Laminate Flooring

In order to keep your laminate’s shiny surface, we recommend giving it a thorough wash with warm water every few months or at times when it is noticeably dirty. Warm water tends not to leave streaks on laminate flooring.

Top Tip: Try mixing a little vinegar with water in a spray bottle for an extra thorough clean!

Always mop your laminate flooring from the centre outwards with your shoes off, in order to avoid dragging dirt onto freshly cleaned areas. Once you’ve finished mopping, go over it once more with a run mop to make sure there are no puddles and then leave it to air dry.

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring is an innovative type of wood flooring that provides an authentic replica of real hardwood without any of the associated cost or maintenance. As it’s built with multiple layers, it’s very robust and durable, but still requires a little upkeep.

Maintaining Vinyl Flooring

A large factor in vinyl flooring’s popularity is its practicality and the fact it’s easy to maintain. For the most part, vinyl floors won’t require much more than a regular vacuum and mop when needed. Like laminate, remember to never soak the floor but use damp cloth or mop instead.

How to Clean Vinyl Flooring 

To clean vinyl flooring, wash it weekly with a suitable cleaning solution or mild detergent to help prevent any stains. Never use a steam cleaner or leave puddles to sit, as this can damage the flooring. 

How to Remove Stains From Laminate and Vinyl Flooring

  • If you have high heel marks or scuffs on your laminate or vinyl flooring, try rubbing them gently with a pencil eraser.
  • Nail polish remover is effective in tackling tar, shoe polish and, of course, nail polish spills.
  • For any blood stains, try rubbing them with a little window cleaner before wiping them with a warm, damp cloth – the sooner the better to avoid permanent marks.
  • If you have chewing gum stuck to your flooring, use a plastic knife to carefully remove it and then wipe with a warm cloth to erase any marks.
  • Soda, wine, crayon scribbles and ink can all be wiped off with a damp cloth. If extra stubborn, adding some cleaning detergent should do the job.
  • If there’s grease on your laminate or vinyl flooring, use an ice pack to freeze it stiff before removing it with a plastic knife.

How to Prevent Damage to Your Floors:

Aside from regular cleaning, there are a few simple steps you can take to ensure your flooring lasts the test of time.

  • Use rugs or blankets under heavy furniture to avoid scrapes and dents.
  • Always pick any furniture up to move it, rather than drag it.
  • Place doormats at entrances to catch dirt, debris or moisture can come into contact with your floors.
  • Avoid exposing your floors to lots of natural sunlight from windows to prevent your flooring from fading over time.

Whether you’ve opted for laminate or vinyl flooring in your home, following these simple cleaning tips and tricks will help ensure your flooring lasts as long as possible and looks its best in your home for years to come!

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