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Vinyl Flooring Maintenance Tips

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.

Maintenance tips

  • 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.

Preventative maintenance

  • 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.

2015 Colour Trends: Guilford Green

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.

Guilford Green

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.

Colour trend Guilford Green
Benjamin Moore

Guilford Green creates a sense of tranquillity in this bathroom when paired with white tiles and elements of nature.

Dining room painted in colour trend Guilford Green
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.

Dining room painted in colour Guilford Green
Houzz: Edwina Drummond Interiors

Jazz up this neutral green by pairing it with a bold accent colour like turquoise.

Laundry room with cabinets painted colour trend Guilford Green
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

Building 7151 Installation Schedule

This job blog will provide you with regular updates about the installation in the final building, 7151.

I am Kelsey Van Dam, an Account Manager at MIRA Floors. My role during the carpet installation is to make the process as smooth and pain-free as possible. If you have any concerns, feel free to contact me directly at 778-899-7977. Alternately, you can contact our office at 604-856-4799 and they will be happy to direct your call.
The lead installer of our on-site carpet installation crew is Kerem. Feel free to say hello to him and the crew – they are wearing MIRA Floors & Interiors shirts.

Installation Timeline for Building 7151

Please note that this timeline is an estimate and is subject to change. We will keep you updated on any changes.

Thurs January 8 – Fri January 9: Baseboard removal by our installer Sorin.

Mon January 12 – Tues January 13: Carpet removal on all floors. All thresholds need to be removed by residents for this date.

Tues January 13 – Wed January 21: Carpet installation starting on 3rd floor and working down. Stairs will be installed last.

Baseboard re-installation date TDB

Laminate Flooring Cleaning Tips

Laminate flooring cleaning tips

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.

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