Floor Covering Care Tips — Kitchen and Floor Decor — Rice Lake, WI

Floor Covering Care Tips - Kitchen and Floor Decor - Rice Lake, WI

Floor Covering Care Tips

Vinyl Helpful Tips and Maintenance

  • Use door mats outside each entrance to your home to prevent dirt, sand, grit, and other substances such as oil, asphalt and driveway sealer from being tracked onto your floor. Use non-staining mats on your floor. Do not put rubber-backed, latex-backed, or cocofiber mats on your floor because they will stain or damage the surface.
  • To minimize potential staining from asphalt tracking, we suggest you use a latex-based driveway sealer.
  • Close your curtains or blinds where extreme sunlight hits the floor. A combination of heat and sunlight causes most home furnishings, including vinyl floors, to fade or discolor.
  • Support furniture with wide-bearing, non-staining floor protectors. Ideally, the protectors should be at least one inch in diameter, made of non-pigmented, hard plastic, and rest flat on the floor. Non-staining felt protectors are also acceptable. Caster with a minimum 3/4″ flat surface width or floor protectors are recommended for all moveable furniture. Make sure any metal protectors are rustproof. Replace your narrow dome furniture rests with wide-bearing ones.
  • If you need to move heavy furniture and/or appliances, such as your refrigerator across the floor, always use strips of wood or hardwood runways to protect the floor. Always use runways even if you have an appliance dolly, or even if the heavy objects are equipped with wheels or rollers.

Vinyl Maintenance

Sweep your floor regularly (at least once per week).

Prevent stains by wiping up spills promptly.

Occasional mopping with Mannington Award Series® Cleaner (available at Kitchen and Floor Decor ) is recommended when dirt builds up and sweeping alone is not sufficient. Use a solution of 2 to 3 capfuls of Award Series Cleaner (or clear, non-sudsy ammonia) in one gallon of warm water. Use of more than the recommended amount of cleaning solution may leave a dulling film. Do not use soap or detergent products as they will leave a dulling film. Rinsing is not required when using Mannington Award Series Cleaner, but if time permits, rinsing will provide the best care.

What about other cleaning products? Follow each manufacturers recommendations for their products for care and maintenance.

  • Congoleum — do not use a steam cleaner. In their consumer flooring guide it strictly says not to use steam cleaners they can permanently damage the floors. Also avoid one-step mop and polish products, dishwasher liquids, oil based cleaners, these may leave residue that dirt dulling the finish on the floors, and avoid any cleaners that contain abrasives are solvents these can permanently damage the floors
  • Laminate Helpful Tips and Maintenance

    • Use door mats outside each entrance to your home to prevent dirt, sand, grit, and other substances such as oil, asphalt and driveway sealer from being tracked onto your floor. Use non-staining mats on your floor. Do not put rubber-backed, latex-backed, or cocofiber mats on your floor because they will stain or damage the surface.
    • To minimize potential staining from asphalt tracking, we suggest you use a latex-based driveway sealer.
    • Close your curtains or blinds where extreme sunlight hits the floor. A combination of heat and sunlight causes most home furnishings, including vinyl floors, to fade or discolor.
    • Support furniture with wide-bearing, non-staining floor protectors. Ideally, the protectors should be at least one inch in diameter, made of non-pigmented, hard plastic, and rest flat on the floor. Non-staining felt protectors are also acceptable. Caster with a minimum 3/4″ flat surface width or floor protectors are recommended for all moveable furniture. Make sure any metal protectors are rustproof. Replace your narrow dome furniture rests with wide-bearing ones.
    • If you need to move heavy furniture and/or appliances, such as your refrigerator across the floor, always use strips of wood or hardwood runways to protect the floor. Always use runways even if you have an appliance dolly, or even if the heavy objects are equipped with wheels or rollers.

    Laminate Maintenance

    A Mannington Laminate Floor is the closest thing there is to a «maintenance free» floor. The melamine impregnated surface with aluminum oxide makes it resistant to dirt and dust.

    Ordinary vacuuming or sweeping is usually sufficient to keep the floor clean. If needed, an occasional cleaning with a light damp mop or cloth dampened with a solution of Mannington Award Series® Cleaner is recommended. Never flood the floor with water.

    Do not use soap-based detergents, as these may leave a dull finish on your floor.

    Hardwood Helpful Tips and Maintenance

    Hardwood Floor Maintenance


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