5 Tips for Cleaning your Hybrid, Laminate or Vinyl Flooring
So, you have your beautiful new flooring installed at home, now you will want to know how to keep it looking fabulous for longer. While hybrid, laminate and vinyl are all different products, there are certain tips for caring for your floor that apply to all. Take the time to look after your flooring so you can enjoy it looking it’s best for years to come.
Adopting a no-shoes policy inside the home will be the best way to save your floor regardless of what style your hard flooring is. It minimises the transfer of dirt and grit inside from outside, which helps reduce scratches and wear. Stiletto heels are notorious at creating dints in hard flooring too. We also recommend the use of doormats at all external entrances, to prevent the possibility of damage from abrasive particles that are walked in onto the floor.
Be Prompt with Spills
Wipe up spills with a dry cloth as soon as possible. If it’s a particularly sticky spill, slightly dampen the cloth- remembering that wet floors can be a slip hazard.
Be Mindful of Cleaning Products
Do not use abrasive cleaners, steel wool or scouring powder on your floor. Never use oil soaps, wax,
soap-based detergents or other household products to clean the floors. Where spillages occur immediate clean-up is necessary to avoid damage.
Prevention is Key
Being proactive will pay off when it comes to the longevity of your floors. The floor must be regularly vacuumed (bristles down) or swept with an electrostatic mop as often as necessary, to remove loose dirt or grit to prevent scratching of the floor. If your beautiful pets are indoors, try to keep their nails clipped to lessen the impact of scratches.
A Protective Layer
Hybrid, laminates and vinyl are very forgiving products, although it’s still a good idea to protect your floors where possible. By this, we mean runners or mats in high traffic areas and felt pads under heavy furniture. Furniture on castor wheels, such as office chairs can cause a lot of damage- place a mat under these if possible. Never use rubber-backed mats or protectors as it can “leech” into the flooring itself.