18Sep 2014
Hard Floor Cleaning, Top Tips For VinylTop Tips for Vinyl Floor Cleaning Many households have many different hard floor types and some have a mixture of all, the more common types of hard floor include wooden, laminate (fake wood), tiled and vinyl. In this article, we are going to concentrate on vinyl flooring and how best to care for them. Many people have vinyl’s, many works and offices also opt for this type of floor because is it affordable, practical and long-lasting which is ideal for high traffic areas and areas susceptible to dirt and grime.•    Sweep or hover debris first.•    Remove stubborn dirt with a soft bristle brush•    Mop with warm water for daily care•    Mop weekly with vinyl floor cleaner only•    Never use abrasive or strong detergents which can dull its appearance and or even fade it•    Use a brush attachment when hovering to prevent scratching•    Never use bleach, high-temperature water or scrubbing brushes because they are too harsh for vinyl’sBe wise...Although vinyl flooring is practical and ideal for most situations it can be rather delicate, depending on how expensive the quality of it is. Usually, the more expensive vinyl is the harder wearing.When moving furniture to clean underneath, do not drag it instead attain assistance to lift the furniture because delicate vinyl can easily scuff or even rip.Special cleaning methods!Sometimes no amount of care can prevent accidents from happening at all and when major disasters such as paint spills occur it can be quite catastrophic for the vinyl, especially if it’s not dealt with pronto.Here are some of the more common disasters which often occur and how best to deal with that situation.1.    Firstly always clean the area as best you can use a clean cloth and water, no matter what the cause of disaster maybe2.    For stubborn stains, use a soft bristle brush or pad and gently scrub.3.     Use neat vinyl floor cleaner, try to concentrate on the area affected and keep it minimal as to not affect non-affected areas around it.4.    Paint, nail polish, hair dye and ink, try rubbing with isopropyl alcohol5.    Rust can be treated with lemon juice6.    General White spirits is ideal for removing most paints but if varnish is spilled and is resistant to removal, try acetone.Prevention is better than cure but prevention is not always realistic especially in busy households with young children and pets. The good thing is most vinyl can be restored with useful cleaning tips.But we must remember that cleaning tips are not going to offer miracles and there will be times when no amount of cleaning can help to restore the vinyl. Things such as chewing gum, scratches, tears, rubber sole marks etc are extremely difficult to tackle, you cannot use general cleaning methods to tackle these incidences and you may not be able to repair or restore at all.You may find that a stubborn stain will fade in time, but it may take a very long time and some element of patience will be required waiting for that. Sometimes with vinyl floor tiles, you could replace the damaged tile instead, this may be tricky especially if it was laid with adhesive, but it is possible.Trying to eliminate an occurrence of accidental spills is the best thing you can do to prolong the life of your vinyl but not always realistic but if you feel a particular area is more at risk than another then try other methods of protecting it, such as mats and rugs.

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