luxury vinyl

Most vinyl flooring products are resilient but will scratch, mark and dent under certain conditions. Shoes with metal cleats, protruding nails or spiked heels can quickly ruin the appearance of vinyl in a short period of time. It is further recommended that you cap the legs of tables and chairs that will rest on these surfaces. As a rule, all floor coverings last much longer if properly maintained. Regular cleaning will reduce floor covering wear dramatically because dirt, dust, sand and grit act as abrasives, wearing down the floor surface and cutting carpet fiber.

Luxury Vinyl Care and Maintenance

You can protect your Luxury Vinyl Floor by following these easy guidelines.

  • Use a doormat outside each entrance to your home to prevent dirt, sand, grit, and other substances such as oil, asphalt, and driveway sealer from being tracked onto your floor. Use nonstaining mats on your floor.
  • To minimize potential staining from asphalt tracking, we suggest you use a latex-based driveway sealer.
  • Close your curtains or blinds where extreme sunlight hits the floor. A combination of heat and sunlight causes most home furnishings, including resilient floors, to fade or discolor.
  • Support furniture with wide-bearing, non-staining floor protectors. Ideally, the protectors should be at least one inch in diameter, made of non-pigmented, hard plastic, and rest flat on the floor. Nonstaining felt protectors are also acceptable. Casters with a minimum 3/4" flat surface width or floor protectors are recommended for all moveable furniture. Make sure any metal protectors are rustproof. Replace your narrow dome furniture rests with wide-bearing ones.
  • If you need to move heavy furniture and/or appliances, such as your refrigerator, across the floor, always use strips of wood or hardboard runways to protect the floor. Always use runways even if you have an appliance dolly, or even if the heavy objects are equipped with wheels or rollers

Maintenance: Here are some simple things you can do to keep your Luxury Vinyl Sheet Floor looking like new.

Routine Maintenance (daily/weekly as needed)

  • Sweep your floor regularly (at least once a week) to remove loose dirt.
  • Prevent stains by wiping spills promptly.
  • Occasional mopping with Luxury Vinyl Cleaner (available from your retailer) is recommended when dirt builds up and sweeping alone is not sufficient. Do not use soap or detergent products as they will leave a dulling film.
  • Luxury vinyl sheet floors have a low gloss. Use polish or "mop and shine" products only if you wish to make the floor shiny.
  • After several applications of polish, an occasional stripping and reapplication of polish may be necessary. This may also be necessary for excessive dirt and grime build-up. We recommend the use of Heavy Duty Cleaner and Stripper. After thorough cleaning, rinsing, and drying, apply Luxury Vinyl Polish to restore the shine. High traffic areas may require more than one application of polish. Allow polish to dry "tack-free" between coats.
  • Caution: Resilient floors can be slippery when wet. Use extreme caution when walking on a wet floor.

Resilient Stain Solver

Resilient Floors offer excellent stain resistance, and most spills will wipe off quickly and easily with a clean cloth. Removing certain stains takes a little extra effort. Here are some guidelines before you begin:

  • Start with the first procedure listed.
  • Only do the procedures necessary to resolve the problem. Always use a clean white cloth for wiping up stains and turn it frequently to avoid spreading the stain.
  • Rinse with clean water and allow area to dry between procedures.
  • For items not covered by the following chart, call the manufacturer

Stain/Problem Procedure

Foods/Beverages

  • If a gummy substance, scrape with off with a dull knife.
  • Scour using Mannington Award Series Heavy Duty Cleaner and Stripper and a nylon pad or stiff bristle brush.
  • Saturate a clean white cloth with bleach solution, cover stain and allow to stand for no more than 1 hour.


Tar, Oil, Asphalt, Grease, Paint (oil-based), Wax

  • Scrape excess off with dull knife.
  • Scour using Luxury Vinyl Heavy Duty Cleaner and Stripper and a nylon pad or stiff bristle brush.
  • Wipe with a clean white cloth dampened with lighter fluid, painter's naphtha, or isopropyl alcohol.


Scuffs, Marks, Scratches

  • Scour using Luxury Vinyl Heavy Duty Cleaner and Stripper and a nylon pad or stiff bristle brush.
  • Wipe with a clean white cloth dampened with lighter fluid, painter's naphtha, or isopropyl alcohol.


Minor Cuts, Burns, Gouges

  • Limit traffic over damaged area, cover with masking tape, contact your supplier for advice.

Lipstick, Antiseptics

  • Scrape excess off with dull knife.
  • Scour using Luxury Vinyl Heavy Duty Cleaner and Stripper and a nylon pad or stiff bristle brush.
  • Wipe with a clean white cloth dampened with lighter fluid, painter’s naphtha, or isopropyl alcohol.
  • Saturate a clean white cloth with bleach solution, cover stain and allow to stand for no more than 1 hour.

Rust

  • Scour using Luxury Vinyl Heavy Duty Cleaner and Stripper and a nylon pad or stiff bristle brush.
  • Saturate a clean white cloth with bleach solution, cover stain and allow to stand for no more than 1 hour.

Crayon, Ink, Permanent Marker, Hair Dye

  • Scour using Mannington Award Series® Heavy Duty Cleaner and Stripper and a nylon pad or stiff bristle brush.
  • Wipe with a clean white cloth dampened with lighter fluid, painter's naphtha, or isopropyl alcohol.


*Caution: Mineral spirits, lighter fluid, painter's naphtha, and isopropyl alcohol are flammable liquids. Please follow precautions listed on the container.*