Professional Floor Cleaning for Your Vinyl Flooring
Floor cleaning is usually pretty straightforward. If you have vinyl flooring however, you’re in for more difficult ride.
Vinyl flooring is the choice of many people because it’s affordable, durable, and water-resistant. It comes in different patterns, colors, and textures, so there are many options to choose from. They are also easy to install, in the sense that demolition is not needed just to put it on.
Relatively, vinyl flooring is low maintenance. Unfortunately, it also has downsides. For instance, vinyl is a fire hazard, as it releases toxic chemicals into the air once it catches fire. For this reason, vinyl is not advisable for commercial kitchens or wherever there is a constant risk of fire.
Secondly, vinyl floor cleaning can prove to be difficult when the flooring ages. Most vinyl flooring turns yellow with age, which is attributed to direct sunlight, or dirt trapped beneath the material. In this case, no matter how hard you scrub, the yellow scum just won’t come off.
Speaking of yellowing, vinyl is also susceptible to staining when it is in contact with rubber. Rubber can scuff the floor and permanently discolor your flooring. Imagine this risk when you are in a place where rubber is a permanent fixture, such as the rubber soles of your sneakers or even mats that have rubber backing. This can make floor cleaning very difficult.
Another common complaint about vinyl flooring is that you have to ensure that the subfloor is smooth and flat. It has to be clean and clear of all particles – including miniscule stones and small grains. In case you do not clear it properly, then they will show through the vinyl in lumps and bumpy sections. It can also result to loose tiles. Over time, these small items that are trapped beneath the vinyl can wear down the material and cause tears and rips on your flooring.
Finally, vinyl flooring is crafted using polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which emits volatile organic compounds (VOC) when they are new. This means that floor cleaning may be the least of your worries, as the toxic gassing can lead to eye irritation, asthma, and respiratory problems. This outgassing often occurs early on and is based on the chemical makeup of the material, so try to find a manufacturer that uses less PVC on their products.
These things being said, vinyl is still an ideal flooring for homeowners and entrepreneurs who want to make an impression with flashy floors without the normal hefty cost of ceramic or porcelain tiles. Yet taking care of vinyl floors is not as easy as you think.
For instance, you’ll have to learn low-impact floor cleaning techniques and avoid heavy-duty cleansers, as vinyl is very susceptible to chemicals. Instead, you’ll have to clean your floor manually by sweeping it everyday or vacuuming it at night, and wiping every single spill immediately. You have to remove dirt as well.
You also have to use the right cleanser, as there are different soaps designed for specific vinyl flooring. No-wax vinyl needs specific cleaners, and older vinyl will need waxing. It can be a minefield if you are not sure of which materials to use, as the wrong material can irreversibly damage your vinyl floors. Finally, you’ll have to purchase floor protectors for your appliances and furniture, as the heavy material can dent your flooring.
Floor cleaning can also be tricky after you’ve moved furniture. When we move furniture and appliances, particularly heavy ones like a refrigerator or a couch, we tend to drag them instead of lifting them up. Unfortunately, dragging these items across your vinyl flooring even for a short time (such as the second you dragged it just because you needed to catch your breath!) can scratch and scuff the surface of your flooring.
When the upkeep of your vinyl flooring becomes too much for you, you can turn to floor cleaning professionals such as Fleet Cleaning. Fleet Cleaning understands how easily vinyl is marked or scuffed, particularly at entry and exit points of establishments. We specialize in vinyl floor cleaning and know exactly how to treat your floors. We use gentle and effective ways to remove these marks, giving you vinyl flooring that still looks new.