How to Keep Your Luxury Vinyl Floor in Top Condition
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A strong core, attached underlayment and quality finishes make it possible for your COREtec® luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring to endure real-life mishaps, including spills and pet accidents. Our floors are 100% waterproof, kidproof and petproof, and we stand behind that performance promise with our residential limited lifetime warranties. What’s more, all COREtec floors offer simple, stress-free cleanup.

How to Care for Your COREtec Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring

To keep your luxury vinyl floors looking immaculate, you need to know how to properly clean vinyl flooring. Since we know how busy life can be, we’ve designed all our LVP flooring to be easy to care for. Use the simple maintenance tips below to enjoy your beautiful, durable vinyl flooring planks for years to come.

How To Clean LVP

You can use a broom, a dust mop that is free of fabric softeners or a vacuum (without rotating beater bars) to remove dirt and dust. Then, use a damp mop to remove any remaining residue.

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Using Cleaner on Your Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring

Tough messes might require using a cleaning solution on your LVP floors. Just make sure you select one that is pH-neutral and neither acidic nor alkaline. Using any other type of cleaner could damage your vinyl flooring planks or their finish. When you need a cleaning solution to remove grease, dirt, and scuff marks, we recommend that you use our Encore floor cleaner.

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What To Avoid When Cleaning Your LVP Flooring

Prevent residue buildup and surface damage by refraining from the use of products that contain detergent, vinegar, wax, citrus or floor polish.

You should refrain from using a steam mop to clean your luxury vinyl flooring, unless this cleaning method is specifically approved for use in the manufacturer's cleaning guidelines. Only COREtec Scratchless floors are approved for steam mop cleaning.

Since vinegar is slightly acidic, it can harm your LVP flooring. Therefore, prevent damage by avoiding the use of vinegar as a cleaning agent on your luxury vinyl planks and tiles.

Removing a Wet Spill

COREtec luxury vinyl planks are a 100% waterproof flooring option because they won’t swell or crack when exposed to water. Nonetheless, you should still remove wet spills as soon as possible.

  • Use a white cloth or paper towel to dab the spill and absorb the moisture.
  • Use a damp white cloth or paper towel to rinse any spill that isn’t water.
  • Blot the area dry.

How To Remove a Dried Spot

  • Gently agitate a damp white cloth or paper towel over the spot.
  • Then blot the area dry.
  • You can also use Encore floor cleaner instead of water to remove a spot.

How To Remove a Stubborn Spot

Since detergents and abrasive cleaners tend to leave a dull residue behind, refrain from using these products on your luxury flooring.

If you are unable to remove a spot using plain water or our Encore cleaner, we recommend you try isopropyl alcohol (i.e., rubbing alcohol).

  • Dampen a section of a clean white cloth with alcohol.
  • Gently agitate that section of the cloth on the spot.
  • Rinse the area with a damp white cloth or paper towel.
  • Blot the area dry.

Keep Your Beautiful COREtec LVP Flooring Looking Like New

Abrasion from grit and dirt is the most common cause of damage to any type of flooring or its finish. Therefore, to decrease the amount of dirt brought in from outside, we recommend you use mats at the entrance areas of your home. However, make sure the mats you choose do not have a rubber or latex backing as these materials can discolor your LVP flooring.

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Protecting Your COREtec Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring

Besides using mats to protect your LVP flooring in your high-traffic entrances and doorways, consider using non-staining flooring protectors beneath your heavy furniture and chairs.

Furthermore, as time passes, direct sunlight can fade your flooring. To prevent discoloration, protect your floors by using appropriate window coverings.