Vinyl flooring is considered to be one of the easiest to maintain flooring options on the market. There are a few tips and tricks to learn that will help you spend less time cleaning your floors. For a quick run-down, read our quick vinyl flooring maintenance tips below or watch this video from worldwide vinyl supplier Armstrong.
- Sweep your vinyl flooring regularly – at least once per week.
- Wipe up spills as soon as possible to prevent staining.
- When sweeping is not enough to get your floors clean, occasionally wash your floor using the manufacturer’s recommended cleaner. Do not use detergents, abrasive cleaners, mop and shine products, paste wax or solvent based polishes.
- Use a mop or cloth to clean your floor. We do not recommend using a vacuum beater bar or abrasive scrubbing tools as these can damage your floor.
- If your floor begins to dull over time, use the manufacturer recommended floor finish polish to restore the floor’s original shine. The gloss level of each vinyl floor varies, so it’s important to check what your manufacturer recommends.
- Use a walk-off mat at outside entrances to prevent dirt, sand and grit from being tracked onto your vinyl floors. Rubber or latex backed mats can stain your floors. Instead choose a non-staining vinyl mat or a woven colourfast rug.
- When moving appliances or heavy items, put down a piece of plywood or hardboard runway to protect your floors from damage. A runway is always recommended, even when using a furniture dolly or items with wheels.
To inspire your decor related new years resolutions, we have rounded up 2015 colour trends from our favourite colour experts. This is the final post in a three part series featuring trends from Pantone, Shaw Floors and Benjamin Moore.
Since paint companies are always on the pulse of the latest colour trends, we turned to Benjamin Moore to see their recommendations for 2015. The Benjamin Moore team picked a beautiful palette of twenty three blue, green, blush and berry shades for 2015. From that palette they narrowed it down to their colour of the year, Guilford Green. Benjamin Moore Creative Director Ellen O’Neill describes it as “a neutral that’s natural. A silvery green that works with, well, everything.” Guilford Green is part of the Benjamin Moore Historic Collection. The collection is a timeless and elegant set of hues inspired by the documented colours found in 18th and 19th century architecture.
Guilford Green creates a sense of tranquillity in this bathroom when paired with white tiles and elements of nature.
Houzz: Chuck Mills Residential Design & Development
Guilford Green was the perfect choices to pull together the many wood tones in this dining room. The greyish brown undertones complement all wood tones well.
Houzz: Edwina Drummond Interiors
Jazz up this neutral green by pairing it with a bold accent colour like turquoise.
This colour is suited to more than just walls. Painting the cabinets Guilford Green keeps the laundry room from looking dull. Other furniture like a dresser or a bar cart would also look great painted this colour.
View other posts in the 2015 Colour Trends Series
Part one: Pantone’s 2015 Colour of the Year Marsala
Part two: Shaw Floors River Thames Taupe
Posted on Jan 6 2015 10:31 am by Kelsey Myers
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Proper cleaning and maintenance is the key to keeping any flooring pristine. While laminate flooring is great for standing up to tough household conditions, it needs routine maintenance. To clean any flooring, we always suggest checking the manufacturer recommended cleaning products and methods. We have a few helpful laminate flooring cleaning tips to keep your floors in great shape.
Routine Laminate Floor Cleaning Do’s
- Clean up spills immediately using a cloth or sponge. Liquids should never sit on your laminate floors.
- Only use cleaning products designed for laminate flooring care. For the best cleaning results and to ensure warranty coverage, use the cleaner specified by your manufacturer.
- Sweep or dust the floor regularly to remove dirt and grit that can damage your the laminate’s finish. Vacuum’s with a hard floor attachment can also be used. Vacuum beater bars are for regular use.
- Use a dry microfibre mop for cleaning after sweeping or vacuuming. Spray the recommended laminate floor cleaner on it until the mop is damp. Mop away.
- Put down entry mats to prevent dirt, grit and other unwanted substances from being tracked onto the floor.
Routine Laminate Floor Cleaning Don’ts
- Do not wash or wet mop laminate floors with any liquid cleaner. This includes soap, water, detergents and any strong ammonia or chlorine based cleaners. The moisture can cause swelling, warping or delaminating.
- To maintain your warranty, do not use steam mops. Flooring manufacturers do not want the steam mops used on their laminate flooring. The moisture from the steam mop can be too much for laminate.
- Avoid using steel wool, scouring pads, abrasive cleaners, waxes or polishes.
Posted on Jan 4 2015 1:49 pm by Kelsey Myers
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