After installing the floor, we recommend a first cleaning to remove and loose dirt or debris that may have been introduced during the installation process. While most non-residue cleaners can be used on your vinyl plank floors, it is always recommended to conduct a small test patch in an inconspicuous area, and avoid using harsh cleaners or ammonia based cleaning products.
Regularly sweep and vacuum your floors. Dust acts as an abrasive. Keeping your floors dust-free will prolong the life of your finish and wear-layer. Do not use vacuums that have a beater bar or turn the beater bar off.
Use walk-off mats at outside entrances to reduce the amount of dirt brought into your home.
Do not wax your vinyl flooring, or use any “mop and shine” products. The surface of your floor is very dense and nonporous, which prevents wax from penetrating and thus builds up a bed for yellowing and dirt collection. The same non-porous feature also provides all the protection against wear and staining that you will need.
When moving appliances or heavy furniture, we recommend laying a Masonite panel on your floor for the best protection.
Use felt protectors on furniture to reduce indentation. As a general rule of thumb, the heavier the item, the wider the floor protector needed. We recommend felt pads at least 1” in diameter.
Be careful with rolling casters. They can damage the floor. If you choose to use them, look for the widest possible wheel you can find.
Avoid exposure to direct sunlight (UV) for prolonged periods of time. During peak sunlight hours, use drapes or blinds to minimize the direct sunlight on the vinyl flooring. Most types of flooring will be affected by continuous strong sunlight. In addition, excessive temperatures are not good for resilient floors.
Some natural ventilation or intermittent air conditioning in vacant homes should be considered.
Long term continuous inside temperatures over 115°F combined with strong direct sunlight will damage the flooring and cause the installation to fail.