Let’s take a look. Sweep regularly, wipe up spills immediately, and clean the floor as soon as it starts to look dirty using products that are safe for vinyl. You should also sweep or vacuum the floor on a regular basis, preferably daily. Before wet cleaning use a soft broom, mop or vacuum to sweep away or suck loose dirt such as food particles, dust or hairs. Most LVP manufacturers advise against using a steam mop on their product. Quick, effective, and minimal, steam mops are the favorite tool in many a homemaker’s broom closet. If you don’t like the vinegar smell you can always add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the mixture to mask the odor and leave behind a fresh scent. For starters baby oil is not water soluble. Rinse your vinyl floor with clean water on a regular basis and you’ll extend its lifetime by a considerable amount.
Be sure to frequently rinse your mop with hot water while you’re cleaning. If you’re looking for an affordable, easy-to-install, and durable option for your house, vinyl plank flooring is your friend. I hope you now have an idea on how to clean your vinyl plank flooring and for a final tip, if you’re moving or adding furniture use paneling or a sheet of plywood to hinder tears or scuff marks to the floor. The beauty of peel & stick vinyl plank flooring is that the fix for both of these issues is extremely simple – all I have to do is pull up the board, fix the floor underneath, and lay a new one. It definitely doesn’t feel like hardwood, but it also doesn’t feel like vinyl flooring. We even have some extra boards in the workshop, I just haven’t gotten around to fixing the issues because it doesn’t actively bother me. So, is it possible to fix the issues? We popped a new board into place and you can’t tell the difference – if we had scratched up brand new hardwood flooring, it would not have been that simple of a fix!
It’s a little harder to tell your guests to use the floor mat but if they see it there, most will make sure to wipe their feet. We have fooled many, many people who visit our house and don’t believe us when we tell them that it’s not real wood. Does it feel like real wood? Remember to keep up a daily (let’s be real – weekly) sweeping or vacuuming routine to keep those small but sharp dust particles off of your varnish. Tip 1: Keep abrasive materials such as dirt and small stones out of the house by using doormats. If it’s a small mark, some light buffing might do the trick. You can only see the scratches when the light hits the floor just right, and even then they aren’t bad enough to bother me. One without the lights on (notice there is still light coming in from the windows) and the other with the lights on in the room.
It’s a really nice effect and the controller for the lights remembers what the last setting was. However, if you are going to get an all-in-one remote, take a look at my article on the subject and you won’t need the IR repeater. How does it look in real life? The flooring definitely has some dings and scratches from the dogs, but they’re far less noticeable than I would imagine they would be on real wood flooring. We wanted something that mimicked the appearance of wood but was a little less precious (we are pretty hard on our floors with two dogs, a toddler, and very little time to devote to upkeep), and we wanted something cheap. We frequently get asked if we still like it, how it’s holding up with dogs, and how we clean it. I haven’t ever done a formal vinyl plank flooring review, and we get asked about it all the time.