When you think of vinyl floors you are immediately transported back to the 60’s and 70’s as almost every floor surface was vinyl and every piece of lounge furniture was covered in plastic. Surprisingly vinyl flooring is still popular today especially in bathrooms and kitchens as these are the two rooms in a household where the floors are guaranteed to get wet. Vinyl flooring is mostly used in the kitchen and bathroom as it is waterproof and easy to maintain.
A huge plus factor with vinyl flooring is that it is relatively inexpensive and has a soft core which makes walking on this type of flooring quite comfortable and warm in comparison to tiles and wooden flooring. With the proper care and cleaning, your vinyl floors can look great and retain the original shine for years to come.
One of the easiest ways to keep vinyl flooring looking good and to prevent scratch marks on the surface is by putting a mat just outside or inside the door. Dirt and some abrasives contain chemicals that can damage vinyl floors and even yellow them over time. By using mats or even throw rugs at various intervals, this will stop the excessive foot traffic on the vinyl flooring.
Make sure that the vinyl floors are swept daily. Dirt and dust can accumulate and if not swept daily can be trampled into the floors causing visible scuff marks. If you prefer not using a broom, you can use a dry mop or vacuum cleaning to clean the floor. Also ensure that you clean under the cabinets as well.
Mishaps and spillages will always happen – make sure that you clean them up straight away. Water being left on vinyl floors for a length of time can ruin and lift up the flooring. Sticky spills must not be left too long as it will leave marks on your floors that will not be easy to get rid of. The best cleaning material to use for vinyl floors is vinegar as it is non-abrasive and harmless to the flooring. Just add vinegar to a bucket of water to clean the floor. If you want to add a little bit of a shine to the floors, add a drop of jojoba oil to the mixture.
Harsh scuff marks on the floor can be treated the natural way with a baking soda paste which once applied to the mark will soak it off. Rubbing alcohol can be used to get make-up and ink stains off vinyl flooring without damaging the floors. Whatever you do, do not use nail polish remover as the chemicals in the nail polish remover will eat away the flooring.
Use a soft nylon brush to gently rub off dirt marks, do not under any circumstances use a hard nylon brush as it will scuff and scratch the floors. Abrasive cleaners will take the shine out of the flooring so rather stick to using non-abrasive cleaners like vinegar.
Cleaning and maintaining vinyl floors is as easy as 1,2,3
Knowing what can and cannot be used on vinyl floors will help you keep that lustrous shine for years to come. Retro is no longer a thing of the past…
Whether you are looking for vinyl flooring or blinds, Bonetts Interior Projects will have the right product for you. Interiors are what we do so visit our website to see what we can offer you. Our website address is www.bonetts.co.za.