HOW TO CARE FOR
YOUR NEW FLOORS
Your luxury vinyl flooring from Refloor is not only beautiful, but it is also easy to clean and maintain. Luxury vinyl plank flooring is actually one of the lowest maintenance flooring types you have in your home. You can keep your floors looking great forever, even if you have kids and pets, by following some simple guidelines that are unique to your new flooring type.
• Do remove loose dirt with a soft bristle or microfiber broom. If you leave dust and debris on your floor, you could scuff the finish because small specks of dirt actually have sharp edges that can damage your floor over time. Fine particles of grime can act just like sandpaper and slowly remove the finish from the floor as you track it around your home with your feet or shoes.
• Do use a soft mop without the built in scrub brush options. We love the. soft microfiber mops.
• Do wash the floor with a bit of warm water and dish soap, or you can use an apple cider vinegar mix: one gallon of warm water with one cup of apple cider vinegar. After mopping, go back over the floor with a clean damp mop to get any extra soap or vinegar mix off your planks.
• Do not use detergents, abrasive cleaners or “mop and shine” products. These may leave a dull film behind.
• Do not use a mop with an abrasive or “scrubbing” pad.
• Do not use a vacuum with beater bar engaged. Instead turn off beater bar or use the “bare floor” setting to avoid damaging your floor.
• Do not use cleaners that are ammonia-based, or that contain bleach, to clean your vinyl flooring.
• Do not use a steam mop to clean your floor because the high temperature may cause damage to vinyl flooring.
• Do not use a sharp object or abrasive cleaner to remove stuck-on debris from your floor because you will scrub away the protective coating on your floor. Instead use a soft cloth or nylon bristle brush.
• Do not use vinyl wax on your flooring. Your new flooring already has a protective layer and using a vinyl wax could dissolve that protection.
• Furniture legs can scuff or mar flooring. Keep your furniture on soft felt protector pads where furniture contacts the floor.
• For heavy furniture and appliances that do not move frequently, use rubber furniture casters or cups where they meet the floor.
• Never push, pull, or drag furniture, appliances, or other items across the floor. Always lift and carry or put down padding and plywood when you need to roll large items into your home, like a new sofa or fridge.
• Always use floor mats near doors.
REMOVING SPILLS & STAINS
Accidents happen and spills and stains can result. To avoid this, use a clean, white cloth when cleaning spots from your flooring. Scrub with a non-abrasive white scrubbing pad. For pen and markers spots, rub gently with mineral spirits on clean white cloth, then rinse with water. For rust stains, rub with lemon juice on a clean white cloth, then rinse with water.
REMOVING PAINT, VARNISH OR STUBBORN ITEMS
Paint, nail polish and wood varnish will stain your flooring. If any of these harsh fluids dry on your floor, rub them with a soft eraser to loosen the stain, then lightly rub with mineral spirits on a clean, white cloth. If still visible, very softly rub the stain with a citrus cleaner (such as Goo Gone) on a clean white cloth. Always finish by rinsing the area with water and drying with a soft cloth. There are some stubborn items that will want to grab your flooring and not let go – like gum, oil, wax, glue, and tar. If this happens use your fingernails to remove residue, then clean with a non-abrasive white scrubbing pad and lightly rub with isopropyl alcohol or mineral spirits on a clean, white cloth. Then rinse with water and dry the area.
REMOVING SCUFFS AND SMUDGES
Rubber shoe marks and other scuffs will happen. When they do, simply rub the mark with your finger or use a soft eraser. Clean the area with a non-abrasive white scrubbing pad or cloth.
Invest in high-quality floor mats for an extra layer of protection. Place the mats at entrances and exits to collect and trap corrosive substances that can be tracked in, such as dirt, salt, sand, oil, grit, asphalt, etc.