Vinyl flooring is the most affordable option on the market today. It is versatile and easily resembles various other flooring including marble, wood, brick, or tile. It is durable, soft to touch, and resistant to fading. The wear layer is the top layer of vinyl flooring and is often very thick. As the name suggests it is resistant to wear (rips, tears, and stains). The thicker the wear layer the more resistant to wear it is. Premium wear layers in vinyl have enhanced coatings that can make your flooring scratch-resistant as well. Vinyl floors typically come in a gloss to high gloss finish; the higher gloss the finish the better the vinyl performs under everyday wear.
Vinyl’s versatility, easy install options, and affordability is what makes it a choice for many homeowners. Consider these few points as you search for vinyl flooring for your home.
Maintaining and caring for your vinyl is simple, affordable, and straightforward. Minimize grime on your vinyl flooring by placing doormats at entrances of your spaces. Utilize rugs to warm up your space and protect your floor in high traffic areas such as in living rooms or hallways. Place vinyl coasters under heavy furniture to avoid unnecessary indentations in your vinyl and use mats under lighter pieces to reduce slipping and sliding. Vacuum or sweep your floor regularly and wet mop clean with hot water to maintain the finish of your floor and reduce unnecessary discolorations due to accumulations of dirt or grime.
Hot water mopping is the best method for maintaining your floor, however, other alternative methods exists to clean and care for your floor. Apple cider vinegar is one of the best natural solvents to use on vinyl floors. Dissolve just one cup in a gallon of hot water and use it for your regular mopping sessions to get rid of excess dirt and grime. White wine vinegar is a safe and natural disinfect for your floors and can be used to replace apple cider vinegar. A few drops of organic liquid dishwashing soap can be added to the water mixture to removes greases or tough stains.
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