Resilient Vinyl Flooring Care and Maintenance
Congratulations! Your new resilient vinyl floor is installed and it looks amazing. In order to protect your investment we have some simple care tips for you.
Immediately following installation
During the first 48
hours after installation Shaw recommends that you:
- Keep foot traffic to a minimum.
- Wait 24 hours before putting furniture on the floor.
- Sweep the floor to remove loose dirt.
- Use only a non-abrasive cleaner, such as Shaw Floors Hard Surface Cleaner.
- Do not use a vacuum with a rotating beater bar.
Following these instructions will ensure proper curing of the product.
Follow a simple maintenance plan
The type and frequency of foot traffic on your Shaw resilient floor will determine the frequency of maintenance needed. Regular attention to a simple maintenance program should include:
Use protective mats
- Remove dirt and grit by sweeping or dust mopping daily.
- Wipe up spills as quickly as possible.
- Use protective pads for furniture and appliances to prevent scratching.
- Avoid exposure to direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time.
It is important to use a good quality entry mat to trap dirt, sand, grit and other substances such as oil that would otherwise be tracked onto your floor. These mats will also help protect your resilient flooring from premature wear. Mats are also suggested at heavy pivot locations, such as in front of your kitchen sink or stove. If mats are placed directly on top of the resilient floors, use mats without latex or rubber backings to avoid possible discoloration.
Care for Stains, Spills, Scuffs and other Substances
There will be times when it is necessary to use more aggressive cleaning methods on your resilient vinyl floor. Substances such as acids, blood, dyes, paints, solvents and other contaminants will require special treatment.
To learn more about the treatment of these types of spills, please download the complete care and maintenance guide.
We recommend Shaw Floors Hard Surface Cleaner
to keep your resilient floors looking their best. We do not recommend that you use vinegar as a cleaner for you resilient vinyl floors. While vinegar makes a great cleaner for household dirt, over time it can damage your floors because it is not pH balanced. Also, please do not use steam to clean your floors. The extreme temperatures can cause expansion of the vinyl which could lead to wrinkles and glue bond issues.
For more detailed instructions on how to properly care for your floor, please the Floor Care Center
Use Chair and Appliance Pads to protect your vinyl Floor
Make sure furniture legs have large surface, non-staining floor protectors. Replace small, narrow metal or dome-shaped glides with smooth, flat guides that are in full contact with the floor.
Heavy furniture or appliances that are not moved often should be equipped with flat, non-staining composition furniture casters or cups of appropriate size.
Keeping your new resilient vinyl floors looking great is simple as long as you follow these simple tips.