LVP Care Cleaning Tips
LVP Care Cleaning Tips
Spoiler: cleaning luxury vinyl plank (LVP) is …well, easy! Why? Because it’s a very resilient flooring type.
LVP is the flooring type that keeps on giving because you get the look and feel you want in a luxury product and its ease of care is unheard of in the flooring world.
There’s no need to scour the internet for super specific cleaning products or to look out for the time when an expensive cleaning product you need goes on sale. Instead, we can guarantee you that you already have what you need to successfully care for your LVP floors.
At Lakeside Floor Coverings, it matters to us that you know how to take care of the floors you invested in. We care that you are happy with your product for years to come – and that comes down to educating you on how to properly care for your floors.
When it comes to LVP care, there are just a few simple things you need to keep in mind to extend the life of your LVP floors. Keep reading to get the LVP care cleaning tips you need!
How often do you need to clean LVP?
All of the time: Whenever you can see debris on your LVP floors – food, random rocks, or other objects that make their way into your home – get into the habit of picking it up immediately. This quick task will give you the lifelong satisfaction of LVP floors free of deep scratching or gouging.
Daily: Use a dry mop, broom, or vacuum (disable the beater bar) to remove any grit and loose dirt that you can’t see with your naked eye. Removal of this grit will prevent any scratching from later happening.
Weekly: In a bucket, make a solution of warm water and a PH neutral cleaning solution i.e. “Bona” for cleaner or a few drop of liquid dish soap – use this to wet mop the floor using a microfiber style mop.
See? The care routine for LVP floors is pretty slick which is one more benefit of this awesome flooring type! Keep reading to get some more detailed information regarding LVP flooring upkeep.
Get in touch with our team to discover your floor covering and installation options. We’re looking forward to working with you.
4 Do’s and Don’ts of LVP Care
1 – Remove rolling casters from furniture to prevent rust stains & ALWAYS lift furniture that needs to be moved (it’s worth the effort to avoid scuffs and scratches). Do NOT: put heavy furniture or appliances on your newly laid LVP floors 24 hours after installation.
2 – Use a microfiber cloth, warm water, and a PH neutral cleaning solution i.e. “Bona” for cleaner or a few drop of liquid dish soap to clean your floors. Feel free to use a mix of warm water & distilled vinegar too! Do NOT use ammonia or any abrasive cleaner & equipment (scrub brush, steel wool, etc).
3 – Use a throw rug in high-traffic areas & put felt on the legs of furniture and tables. Do NOT use a rug with a laminate, latex, or rubber back because it will cause yellowing & discoloration.
4 – In rooms with curtains, while the floors are exposed to the sun, close the curtains to limit the LVP’s sun exposure. Do NOT ignore hot air from appliances and air ducts near LVP floors. Don’t forget to adjust the heat and airflow output settings.
Recommended Cleaning Solutions for Tough Stains
No matter the stain, it is important to attack it with this strategy:
- Start from the center of the stain and move your way out.
- Rotate your cleaning cloth to make sure you use a clean section of it each time you go after the stain.
Follow the guidelines below for your specific stain:
If you spill: anything acid-based, ketchup, mustard, strong soaps, and cleaners, something with dye in it, food, candy, grass, or potty accidents…then you should use a vinyl-specific cleaner you purchase. If you don’t have that on hand, you can use a 10-1 mixture of water to bleach. If all else fails, use isopropyl alcohol.
If you spill: paints, nail polish, or oil-based products…then you should gently peel the mess from your floor. If that doesn’t do the job, then gently rubbing the spot with nail polish remover will be your ticket.
If you spilled: something that can’t be wiped up aka it’s more clumpy like asphalt, gum, candle wax, or tar…then you should gently try to remove the mess with a dull kitchen knife. If that doesn’t work, then refer to the steps one section above.
If you scuff or smudge: with high heels or other shoes…then you should use your fingertip to create friction that will remove the smudge. Try a magic eraser it wonders for removing scuffs
Conclusion – LVP Care/Cleaning Tips
Cleaning and maintaining your LVP flooring option is pretty easy. Of course, there will be times when accidental spills happen but now you have the information you need to clean those up!
If you are ever uneasy about how to tackle a mess on your LVP floors, a Lakeside Floor Coverings team member will be happy to help you figure it out.
We stand by our products and hope you take pride in your LVP floor!
Our hope at Lakeside Floor Coverings is that you see us as providing the whole package because we install and sell the product. And because we do both, we know your installation needs and how to best match that with the perfect product for you. We’d love to work with you! Contact us today to start a project! 763-503-0100
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