Benefits: Durable, waterproof, and resistant to oils and fats. Vinyl flooring is considered an all purpose home flooring material that can be used in medium to high traffic areas throughout the home.
Wear: Over time, natural wear and tear will leave vinyl flooring looking shoddy. For this reason certain precautions must be taken against agents that can damage a vinyl installation.
Rubber: The antioxidants found in rubber materials such as shoe heels and rubber backed rugs can cause permanent stains in vinyl flooring.
Cleansers: The use of bleach, liquid based abrasives, scouring powder and strong detergents can also permanently damage the surface of vinyl.
Holes and Depressions: With some vinyl flooring, especially cushioned vinyl, you may have to worry about permanent imprints in the material from spiked heals, or the moving of heavy furniture.
Other staining agents include citrus juices, tar, syrup, paint stripper, nail polish remover, kerosene and mineral spirits.Cleaning Instructions
For general maintenance clean vinyl flooring with a damp mop and a mild detergent solution. Make sure that you rinse the floor thoroughly after cleaning it to ensure that you don’t end up with a buildup of detergent that can cause a haze across its surface.
A vinyl floor needs to be swept or vacuumed regularly in order to remove sand and grit that can be abrasive, and wear down the surface of the material. In entryways, the use of a non rubber backed mat can help to cut down on dirt that may be tracked onto flooring surfaces.
Vinyl flooring can also be polished using a water-wax emulsion polish. Just make sure that the polish you use does not contain solvents of any kind.