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Vinyl Care

Vinyl floors (also known as linoleum) are some of the easiest floors to maintain. Depending on the manufacturer's recommendations, daily sweeping, mopping, and/or dust mopping is essential in keeping your vinyl floor looking its’ best. Most floor manufacturers have their own products to be used, which often contain a three-part program - a cleaner - a stripper - and a refinisher. The cleaner can be used daily while the stripper, which removes old soap residue, should be used once or twice each year. The refinisher is used only after stripping and brings back the original luster and shine. Pay close attention to the manufacturers’ recommendations when caring for a new vinyl floor.

Immediately After Installation:

Do not disturb the sealed seams on your sheet vinyl flooring for at least 48 hours after seam-sealer application to ensure a proper seam bond. Keep traffic to a minimum during the first 48 hours on all sheet vinyl and vinyl tile floors to allow the adhesive to harden. Furniture should not be placed on the floor until the adhesive has had adequate time to dry.

Regular Maintenance:

Sweep or vacuum your vinyl floor regularly to remove dirt; dirt that can abrade, dull or scratch your new floor. Do not use a vacuum with a beater brush as it may damage the floor's surface.

Wipe up spills promptly with a damp cloth or mop.

Wash your floor with a cleaner that is recommended for vinyl.

Caution: Dishwashing liquids are not suitable cleaners for your floor. They can leave an oily residue which attracts soil and causes a reduction of gloss.

Preventive Maintenance:

Vinyl flooring can be damaged easily. Take the time to make sure that the furniture on your vinyl floor has felt pads between it and the floor. It is not recommended to have furniture with rollers on a vinyl floor. If a tear or scratch occurs, manufacturers suggest using a small amount of seam sealer (the product used to bond two pieces of vinyl together) to fill in the gap and protect the floor from further damage.

Stains & Spills Such As:

Acids, Alkalis, Blood, Catsup, Mustard, Cleaners, Strong Soaps, Dye, Dye Markings, Food, Candy, Fruit & Fruit Juices, Grass, Iodine, Mercurochrome, Rust, Urine, Excrement.

  • Blot up excess at once.
  • Rub lightly with a cloth dipped in mineral spirits or paint thinner.*
  • If paint is dry, gently peel it from the floor.
  • Clean area with recommended cleaner.

Sticky or Adhesive Stains that won't wipe up:

Adhesives, Asphalt, Chewing Gum, Oil, Grease, Candle Wax, Tar

  • Remove excess with a dull kitchen knife (Avoid sharp instruments that could scratch the floor).
  • Rub lightly with lighter fluid* on a clean cloth.
  • Clean the area with recommended cleaner.
  • If floor appears dulled, apply recommended polish.

Caution: Lighter fluid, mineral spirits and paint thinner are flammable solvents. Carefully read and follow cautionary information on label. Avoid cleaners that contain abrasives or solvents which may permanently damage your floor. Keep traffic off treated area for 30 minutes.

Scuffs & Smudges From:

Rubber Heel Marks, Shoe Polish, Scuffs, Smudges. There are several methods listed for removing scuffs on satin-gloss and high-gloss floors:

  • Spray Fantastik cleaner on the scuff. Let stand for 10-15 seconds, then rinse with a sponge or cloth.
  • Using a damp sponge - rub scuffed area with a polishing cleaner, such as Soft Scrub, then rinse with a sponge or cloth.
  • Wipe scuff with lighter fluid applied with a clean cloth*.
  • With a rubbing motion, apply a car polish/cleaner or similar product on the area, then rinse thoroughly.
  • Remove stubborn scuffs with a mechanical buffer equipped with a lamb's wool pad.

Stain Won't Go Away:

If the stain does not go away after trying the remedies listed, it may be possible to lighten or remove the stained area by following the steps below:

Bleach Method:
  • Saturate a clean, white terry cloth towel with full-strength Chlorine Bleach. Keep the area well ventilated during treatment.
  • Place the towel over the stained area and leave it in place until the towel has dried, overnight if necessary.
  • Remove towel and check to see if the stain has lightened.
  • Repeat procedures until the stain has sufficiently lightened.
  • Clean the area with the recommended cleaner.
Floor Patch:
  • If the stained area appears permanent, a patch may be possible on your sheet vinyl floor. Contact us to schedule a repair

Tips from the Manufacturer:

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