Vinyl Flooring Cleaning and Maintenance The Colour Flooring Company

Vinyl Flooring Cleaning and Maintenance  The Colour Flooring Company

VINYL FLOORING CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE

General

Regular cleaning and maintenance are essential to maintain the long life and good looks of your flooring. In light domestic settings, it may be enough to simply sweep or Hoover regularly and then wash your floor with a damp cloth or mop and soapy water. We recommend using a PH neutral or slightly alkaline cleanser (PH 7-10). Dr Schutz floor cleaning products are ideally suited to our vinyl flooring range. Please check any new cleaning agents on a small test patch of the floor in an inconspicuous area, and avoid using harsh abrasive cleaners, organic solvent-based detergents or alcohol/ammonia-based cleaning products including bleach. As a general rule, always follow the detergent manufacturers’ instructions and contact them for additional details when required.

When washing try not to use excessive amounts of water. To get the best out of your vinyl flooring, we recommend using the guidelines and products described below.

Initial cleaning

After your flooring is first installed remove loose dirt by sweeping and/or vacuum cleaning the surface, then clean thoroughly using Dr Schutz Clean and Strip  according to the manufacturer’s instructions, using a mop or the green pad supplied in the Vinyl Floor Care Kit. Alternatively a rotary single disc scrubber machine with a red cleaning pad may be used.

After wiping the floor with clean water, use a non-felting wiper mop or the white pad supplied in the Floor Care Kit to create an initial protective coat on your flooring using undiluted Dr Schutz Floor Matt. according to the manufacturer’s instructions. For rooms exposed to high traffic, apply a second coat in a cross wise direction. Let the floor dry and cure, if possible over night but for at least 6 hours before exposing it to regular use and returning the furniture

This basic cleaning should be repeated every 1-6 months, depending on how heavy the traffic on your floor is.

Daily cleaning

Sweep or Hoover regularly and then mop your floor using a non- felting wiper mop and a dilute solution of Dr Schutz R1000 floor cleaner, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. For more stubborn stains use the R1000 undiluted. For machine wet cleaning, u se a brush scrubber dryer machine for best results. A pH–10 detergent can be used for cleaning heavily soiled surfaces. Then rinse with clean water and wipe dry.

Stain removal

Take care to wipe up any spillages, spots or marks as quickly as possible to minimize the risk of staining. Always use a door mat near external doors. Do not use latex or rubber backed mats, rubber furniture feet or rubber wheeled castors. We suggest a non- staining vinyl-backed mat or colourfast rug.

As well as rubber and latex, other substances that can impregnate the PVC upper layer and cause discoloration include asphalt, crayons, printer ink, biro ink, shoe polish, paint used in some plastic doormats, or even coloured plastic bags.

For stubborn stains, we recommend the use of undiluted Dr Shutz R1000 floor cleaner or Dr Shutz Elatex Universal Spot Remover. For limescale deposits, an acidic detergent (PH 3-5) can be useful for occasional application. Rinse surface thoroughly with clean water after use.

Avoiding physical damage

The most common form of physical damage is indentation marking from pressure points such as high heels and legs/castors from furniture and appliances. We recommend the use of castor cups or plastic foot pads wherever possible. In the kitchen avoid damage from appliances by placing a sheet of hardboard between the appliance and the floor. When moving the appliance simply slide from one hardboard sheet to another. Take care with dragging heavy domestic appliances or furniture across the floor as, without protection, it could also damage the floor. Take care with cigarettes, kitchen utensils, hot or heavy objects which if dropped can damage the floor covering.

All floorcoverings are affected by direct sunlight and are prone to colour fading. Keep blinds closed and direct sunlight off the vinyl floor on sunny days when possible.

Extra protection

For very high traffic areas in the commercial sector including department stores, shops, offices and administration, hospitals, medical practices and nursing homes, schools  and sports halls, food and catering facilities and on staircases, the use of Dr Schutz PU Sealer System as an alternative to the above methods is recommended as a means to prolong the life of your flooring.


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