Cleaning and Maintenance

cleaning vinyl plank

Cleaning

Cleaning and maintenance for Hard Surface flooring (Laminate, Vinyl Plank, Tile, Hardwoods) are relatively the same steps when doing general clean up. First dry sweep or microfiber the floor for any dust and loose debris. You can also use a vacuum for this if you have multi-functions like the Shark does. Spot clean with a warm rag and light soapy water, ring almost dry and scrub any stuck on dirty or grim.

Vileda or Swiffer style wet/dry machine washable microfiber mop with a built-in sprayer is my go-to cleaning tool. Use a light cleaner that is pet and child safe mixed with water to the cleaners diluting specifications. Lightly spray the floor and scrub all areas. Do not oversaturate the floors with water ever, be sparing, your floor may be water resistant, but your walls and baseboards are not. Cleaning and maintaining your floors often keeps them clear of debris and looking brand new longer. It is also important to maintain manufacture warranty guidelines on cleaning and maintenance of your particular floor type as to not void your warranty unintentionally.

Now that you know all you need to know about Vinyl Plank flooring visit our products page to start choosing your perfect flooring.

Maintenance

Door mats – Keep door mats at every entrance to prevent dirt, sand and debris from settling into your flooring. Other substances such as organic material and oils can also be tracked inside, leave shoes at the door whenever possible. 

Do not Drag Furniture – Heavy items such as furniture should never be dragged across any flooring surface. When moving heavy items use a dolly with wide air tires and protect the floor with plywood if necessary. Never slide or roll heavy objects across the floor. Some items are just too heavy to be moved on hard surface floors. 

Curtains & Blinds – Adequate window protection is important to prevent colour fading and high heat exposure which can lead to problems in some floors. Keeping your home at a consistent temperature is important for not just flooring but all electronics in your household. Considering purchasing a smart temperature monitor that will not allow your home to get too hot or too cold when you are away.

Furniture Feet – Use non-staining wide felt protectors on the bottom of all furniture to prevent scratches. You can even replace pointed or narrow furniture feet with wider ones if necessary. You can purchase these at any dollar store, home improvement or online.

Spill Response – Quick response on spills is your best defense. Thoroughly soak up all liquid. Start at the outer edge and work your way in to prevent any further spreading. Once dry, clean the area. 

Being prepared for your Flooring or Renovation Appointment

Being prepared for your flooring appointment can make your renovation process the best possible experience. You have been Pinteresting your heart out for the past two or three months and now your finally ready to jump in and start visiting your local flooring store, cabinet shop or hardware store. Being prepared for your flooring appointment will ensure your jobs success. Here are some basic tips to make the experience the best possible and to make sure you can properly convey your vision to your chosen contractors. 

Know your areas that need work

Clearly define what areas need to get done vs the ones you maybe just want to get done. If you are over budget which room might be left out this time? Have those tough conversations with yourself now so you are prepared for any hiccups if they do arise. Always have a back up plan just encase.

Know Your Budget

Knowing what your comfortable with spending on a project is something only you can answer. Knowing your budget or at least a rough idea can save yourself and others lots of time. Each trade can only give you pricing based on what it is you would like done. In most hired trades there will be areas to cut costs but that usually means doing the work yourself. Removing old flooring or taking care of garbage and recycling are two ways to reduce bill costs and perhaps get you that laundry room done as well! We always suggest having a small portion of your overall budget held for emergencies or hiccups. Whether it’s unexpected levelling or a surprise leak under the toilet, don’t get caught with a maxed budget and a necessary fix to continue your project. 

Tip – When renovating small spaces choose to do them in the off seasons when most trades are slower, you get the same quality of work but for 5-25% less in some cases. Always watch for specials and promos!

Bring All The Stuff

Have floor plans from your recent home purchase? Bring them! Use a cool app to design your dream living space? Definitely bring it! Paint Samples, Fabric Samples, Tile and Backsplash samples, counter tops and cabinets, if you have already fallen in love with it and it will be used in the space your new flooring will be bring a sample or photo. 

Shop Around

Go to a few different flooring stores, shop prices and speak with their representative. Keep in mind you will be dealing with this person throughout your entire renovation process, its probably best to at least like them. If in person isn’t an option try browsing through our online gallery.

Don’t jump on the cheapest deal, make sure you are comparing apples to apples. Things to watch out for; Square Footage Amounts, Product Quality, Product thickness, Does it include Installation, are there any hidden fees. Ask these questions now and read through all estimates very carefully. If you are unsure if a service is provided ask before. 

Shop Local

When given the opportunity give your support to your local small business flooring store. It wont take long to find the hidden gem in your community. Start by asking your local Facebook community groups, search flooring in Google to get a list of local nearby stores and read through their reviews. Once you have a short list, make a quick phone call to get any quick answers you need before booking appointments. This will ensure your time is not wasted if the store can’t accommodate your requests.

Benefits of Laminate Flooring

What is Laminate Flooring?

Laminate flooring is made of 4 different layers, wear layer or overlay, design printed layer, core layer and backing counterbalance layer. The core layer of laminate flooring is usually made of melamine resign and fiber board materials giving the board its strength. The wear layer of laminate will vary depending on manufacture and quality of flooring. Contrary to popular belief there is no plastic in laminate flooring, it is all wood or wood byproducts.

Laminate floorings multiple layers make it the perfect flooring for hallways, living rooms, and bedrooms. It is very durable and prefect for high traffic areas in either residential or commercial settings. Don’t be fooled with low quality laminate flooring products, learn the difference and why it is important on Mohawk Revwood Laminate website.

Benefits of Laminate Flooring

Affordability – One of the most affordable flooring options on the market. Consumer popularity and manufacture competition have drastically decreased prices but increased quality in an attempt to capture more market share. 

Durability Laminate is great for high traffic areas due to its multiple layers and strong fiber core. The wear layer protects from sun exposure, scratches and protects the design keeping your floors looking newer longer. Some laminates come with waxed edges adding more water resistance.  

Design- With some of the best wood mimic design options and advanced technology, it can be tough to tell hardwood apart from some high quality laminates. There are so many different options from plank width to plank length, different colours, different wood species, and even fancier installation design options like herringbone are now possible with certain click laminates. 

Easy Maintenance  Keeping your laminate free from debris and harsh chemicals will keep it looking brand new for years. Use minimal moisture when cleaning and make sure the area is sufficiently dry before putting down matts or area rugs. 

Easy to install – The easy click locking systems most laminate flooring have make installation a breeze.

Laminate flooring is perfect for those looking to mimic wood floors in their home but don’t want to pay the expensive price for engineered hardwood or real hardwood. The better quality laminate you can find the more realistic your floors will look. With a tough wear layer laminate flooring will stay looking nicer longer, saving you money.