Vinyl tiles are a very popular choice for flooring because of its many positive qualities. It is very durable, caring for it is easy, comes in various designs, installs easily, and most importantly, it is very cheap, compared to other flooring options. The key to having vinyl tiles that will truly last a long time is having a regular maintenance routine to make sure that the tiles are in good shape and condition. Here’s how you should take care of vinyl tiles.
· Regular cleaning of vinyl tiles will help keep it in tip-top shape. Regularly mop the floor using your choice of cleaning products, just as long as does not contain abrasive materials. Follow the instructions on using these commercial products to avoid any negative effects on the floor from mishandling the chemicals. Before mopping the floor remove any loose or accumulated dirt by vacuuming the floor. After you’ve mopped the floor with the cleaning product rinse it by mopping it once again with plain water.
· You should prevent any spill from staying too long on the vinyl tiles. If any liquid is spilled on to the floor immediately address it by blotting the liquid with a paper towel or clean rag. Get as much of the liquid as you can. You can apply a cleaner next to make sure that the spilled liquid is completely removed from the floor.
· You should polish the floor as part of your maintenance of the vinyl tile floor. Vinyl tiles look very beautiful when it is brand new and newly installed. But if you don’t maintain it properly, it slowly loses its luster and eventually becomes dull-looking. You can restore and keeps its shine by using polish specifically made for vinyl tiles.
· Don’t just drag heavy furniture across vinyl tiles. A vinyl tile flooring is strong but it can still get damaged by furniture being dragged across it. If you need to move heavy stuff across an area with vinyl tiles lay down wood panels on the floor to serve as protection for the vinyl tiles. Make sure the panels cover the whole are where you are going to drag furniture.
· Vinyl tiles fade when exposed to the harsh rays of the sun. That’s why you should prevent direct sunlight from striking on the vinyl tiles. Use curtains or blinds to block of sunlight in rooms.
· Place a mat in front of the entrance to help trap any dirt, embedded small stones and dust from the shoes of anyone who will enter the room. This is especially important in areas where there is a high volume of human traffic. The constant comings and goings will abrade your floor and it will happen faster if the people’s shoes are not clean.
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