Luxury Vinyl Plank Floor Cleaning

Got Dirt! Follow these safeguard measures provided by Earthwerks for Spot Protection and Removal on your Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring.

BASIC CLEANING:  Once all traces of adhesive have been removed, the floor should be dry vacuumed to remove all dust and loose debris, then clean with our EarthWerks® Floor Cleaner in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and allow to dry. Always remove excess water. It not only can cause slip and fall hazards, but the water can attack the adhesive, break the bond, and cause the flooring to release from the substrate. Do not use soap-based detergents, caustic cleaners or abrasive cleaners. Most domestic agents will not harm the floor; however, all residue of cleaning agents should be removed to avoid discoloration.  EarthWerks offers a floor cleaner that is specially formulated to safely clean luxury vinyl tile and plank, hardwood, laminate floors, tile and stone. This can be purchased in a 32oz bottle through Amazon. This product is biodegradable, contains no Voc’s, requires no rinsing and is ammonia-free.

Always sweep, mop or dry vacuum the floor regularly. Never use a steam mop as they can cause damage to the flooring. Always remove excess water.  Never deviate from the manufacturer’s recommended dilution rates. Protect against direct sunlight through the use of curtains, blinds or solar film to protect against thermal dimensional change.

The following substances can cause discoloration:

Tar, Nail Polish, Varnish, Spices, Shoe Polish, Paints containing acetone, Lipstick, Solvent-based Paints, Rubber Mats, Coco-Fiber Mats, Asphalt, Permanent Marker Pens, Crayons

Action:

1.Wipe immediately with a paper towel or cloth.

  1. Spots, which have already dried, might be removed using a plastic scraper
  2. The area should then be washed with diluted cleaning agent using a damp cloth or sponge.
  3. Obstinate spots might be removed with a firm nylon sponge.
  4. Should the spot remain, moisten a cloth with clear odorless mineral spirits and rub with circular movements over the whole area. Always test in an inconspicuous area to check for compatibility of the mineral spirits and flooring.

PREVENTATIVE MEASURES AND TIPS ON CARE: The easiest way to reduce maintenance costs is to reduce the amount of dirt, grit and moisture brought into a home with an effective barrier mat. This should be cleaned regularly. The use of rubber-backed mats is NOT acceptable since they are known to cause yellow stains in vinyl floors.

Never slide heavy furniture or fittings over an unprotected floor or severe scratching may result. The floor should be protected from the wheels or feet of fittings, avoiding rubber products, which may stain. Use hard plastic or felt pads under heavy furniture to prevent point loads. Use flat, polished metal glides with a minimum 1” diameter under chairs and stools. These should have a rounded edge and pivot to remain in flat contact with the floor. Non-staining felt pads can be used, provided they are changed on a regular basis to prevent dirt, debris and sand build-up. Wide, non-staining casters at least 2” in diameter or floor protectors should be used on rolling furniture such as office chairs. Furniture polish and window cleaning agents should be applied to a cloth to avoid spillage onto the floor. Contact with some agents, such as silicone, will make the floor surface extremely slippery, which may result in accidents.