Vinyl flooring is an incredible type of floor, well renowned for its durability. It’s a long-lasting floor that looks beautiful throughout its entire lifespan. But even the hardiest of things can fall victim to unfortunate circumstances, and floors are especially prone to life’s mishaps. Fortunately, in addition to being durable, vinyl is also very easy on its maintenance requirements. For the times when something does mess with the natural beauty of your vinyl fence, it can come in handy to know how to care for it.
The best kind of damage to your floor is the kind that never happens. Understanding what poses a threat to your floor is the first step to making that happen. Or rather, making sure it doesn’t. Dirt, of all things, carries the risk of having sharp gravel or debris embedded into it, which, when ground into your floor, can cause damage to your floor over time. This isn’t a major problem, as dirt seems like the obvious thing to get rid of, but it’s something to keep in mind if you have a room that sees regular traffic from the outdoors, or if it’s in a room that doesn’t get cleaned as much. Sweeping and vacuuming at least once a week should reduce the risk sharp debris poses to your floor.
Another threat to the sanctity of your floor lies in your furniture. Furniture can be an invisible threat, because you can’t really see the damage excessive weight can do to the floor until you’ve begun to move it. And moving furniture– heavy furniture and furniture with sharp post edges in particular– is especially hazardous for your floor. Put something underneath the furniture posts before moving them, such as a hand towel or furniture pad, in order to reduce the risk of unsightly scuff marks. No amount of scrubbing in the world can undo the damage caused by scraping.
When cleaning your floor, bear in mind that not all forms of cleanware are healthy for vinyl floors. Stay away from anything metallic, such as steel wool. Excessive water can be harmful to a vinyl fence over time, so only use as much water as you think is necessary when mopping. Vinyl floors react poorly to detergents or ammonia-based cleaning supplies, as they can break down vinyl over time. When using a floor cleaner, use one that’s designed specifically for vinyl flooring; it should state so on the bottle. Ultimately, cleaning your vinyl floor boils down to avoiding the use of scratchy materials and non-vinyl specified cleaners. Follow that, and your floor should be squeaky clean in no time!