How to protect vinyl flooring

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Vinyl is a synthetic material made from polyvinyl chloride and a plasticiser agent. The result is a porous and flexible material that is widely used in flooring. Vinyl is long-lasting, making it an economical choice for families who have a lot of activity and traffic going through their homes.

Once you have made the decision to lay down vinyl flooring, you'll need to learn how to protect it and keep it functional and attractive.

Protect your vinyl flooring from sun damage by limiting exposure to direct sunlight. Draw the shades during the brightest part of the day in the kitchen, bathroom or other locations where you have vinyl floors. Constant exposure to the rays can cause vinyl to fade over time.

Sweep your floors on a regular basis to remove dirt, sand, dust and other particles that your family and pets may have tracked into the house. Attend to sticky stains and other wet substances on your vinyl floors immediately to prevent permanent staining.

Place doormats made from a natural weave onto your vinyl floor if you choose to use mats in your home. Mats that are backed with rubber or latex can cause damage to the vinyl and may discolour the flooring.

Rearrange furniture in a room that is covered with vinyl flooring with the aid of thin sheets of plywood. Place the plywood on the floor before you move or permanently settle furniture onto the vinyl. The wood is available at DIY centres and helps even out the weight of the furniture. Putting heavy objects directly onto vinyl may cause the floor to crack or otherwise become damaged. Protect the legs of chairs with felt pads before using them on a vinyl floor.