How to Clean and Maintain LVT Flooring

LVT flooring is renowned for its ease of cleaning, practicality, and durability. It's the ideal floor for family homes where spills and stains can occur frequently. Whilst all our luxury vinyl floors are built to last, to get the most out of your new floor and keep it spick and span, you will need to give it some TLC.

Here's a quick list of how to clean LVT flooring and how to protect them. Followed by some useful LVT tips we've gathered from decades of experience.

Do


When Cleaning, Do:

  • Sweep or vacuum regularly
  • Once a week, wipe your floor with a specifically designed cleaner

To Protect Your Floor, Do:

  • Put doormats and rugs by doors
  • Wear soft soled shoes
  • Put felt on legs of furniture
  • Lift furniture to move it - even with soft pads, grit can scratch
  • Keep pets' nails trimmed

Don't


When Cleaning, Don't:

  • Use a steam cleaner
  • Use a wet mop
  • Use bleach-based products
  • Use abrasive materials such as scouring pads
  • Use soap-based products
  • Use furniture polish

To Protect Your Floor, Don't:

  • Wear high heels
  • Leave puddles to soak in


How Often Do You Need to Clean LVT Floors?

Cleaning your LVT floors on a regular basis is essential to maintaining their appearance, as well as their performance. The frequency at which you will need to clean will depend on several factors, including what type of household traffic you have and if the floor is used for commercial purposes.

If you do live in a busy home, you should sweep or vacuum daily to remove dust and grit that can cause scratches. Any spills need to be wiped up immediately to avoid more difficult-to-remove stains. And as mentioned earlier, LVT floors should be lightly mopped every week with a specially designed cleaner.

LVT Maintenance Tips

  • Doormats are useful for picking up moisture as well as grit before it gets to the floor. A must-have for any home.
  • When vacuuming and sweeping, pay extra attention to bevelled edges - these can pick up dust.
  • Soap-based products leave an unwanted film which can dull the surface of your floor over time. Instead, use warm water with proper floor cleaner.
  • Sweeping with the grain will leave less dirt on textured tiles.

How to Remove Stains from LVT Flooring

If you have a luxury vinyl tile with a stubborn stain, don't despair. There are some simple steps you can take to remove the stain to restore your floor. The key is to clean a spot as soon as the accident happens. And never use harsh chemicals or solvents that contain ammonia or acids, which will deteriorate the surface finish.

You will need to use a damp cloth with hot water and a specially designed mild cleaner to gently blot up any liquid spill or stain. Never scrub the floor vigorously, as you could damage the surface of the floor. Instead, softly dab the stain with your damp cloth.

Again, never use a wet mop to wipe the stain as excessive amounts of water can damage your floor. Before you even think about applying any type of cleaning agent - always read the label to ensure it is suitable for luxury vinyl.

After you have cleaned the stain, wait until the floor is completely dry until you walk on it again.

LVT Flooring Tools and Aftercare Products

LVT Tools

If you're installing your floor yourself, you will need the right gear. We supply a whole range of installation kits as well as a few handy gizmos which let you reach your full DIY potential! We've got knives for cutting, clips for securing, and spreaders for glue. Whatever it is you need to do, we've got the solution for all your needs.

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LVT Aftercare

Nothing beats the look of a newly laid floor, and we think it's important to give your flooring all the attention it needs. So, naturally, we've found the most effective aftercare products in the industry, balancing effectiveness with affordability.

For day-to-day care, we've carefully selected cleaning products for any situation, so you can keep your floor looking as fresh as the day you bought it.

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Refinishing Vinyl Flooring

Luxury Vinyl flooring is pretty hardy, but regular use over the years will wear away the top layer and cause a build-up of cleaner and polish. As a rough guide, most vinyl floors should be refinished every 6-12 months.

Have a good look at your vinyl flooring, if you can see light scratches and a faded finish, then it's time to take off the old finish and apply a new layer of floor sealer. Remember that the surface of vinyl flooring is not wood, so it doesn't need to be sanded down.

View our full range of vinyl aftercare products to help keep your vinyl flooring looking it's best for years to come.


Stripping the old finish


  1. Mix floor stripper and cold water in a bucket. Apply the floor stripper to an area of the room - tackle it in manageable chunks of a few square metres at a time.
  2. As the finish is stripped away the floor will become very wet and slippery, so be careful.
  3. Use a mop to clear away the stripper.
  4. If there is a heavy build up, this process may need to be repeated. Once the stripper is mopped up, leave the floor to dry.
  5. Now vacuum the vinyl to pick up any dust and debris, make sure the floor is thoroughly cleaned, anything on the surface when you reapply the coating will get sealed into the vinyl tiles.

Applying the new finish:


  1. Apply the vinyl floor finisher to the floor and apply with a pad or mop, wiping across the grain.
  2. Allow the first coat to dry for 30 minutes.
  3. Now reapply the second coat, wiping along the grain. Two thin layers should be enough, and both layers should be evenly spread.
  4. Let the final coat dry for at least 6-12 hours.
  5. Congratulations, you have now refinished your vinyl floor!


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