Some types of hard flooring are known for being difficult to clean and maintain. Fortunately, this isn't the case for luxury vinyl tile (LVT), a resilient flooring that is much easier to clean than vinyl composite tile (VCT) or even natural hard flooring. Today we're sharing exactly how to clean LVT with top tips for removing dried-on dirt and potential stains.
The Basics: How to Clean Luxury Vinyl Tile
To keep LVT looking its best, regular sweeping and mopping are required to remove dust and dirt. Aim to clean the highest-traffic areas of your building daily as a guideline. Low-traffic areas will only need sweeping once or twice a week. Exact cleaning regimens will vary between organizations, and you may find that it changes with the seasons: in winter you will need to sweep and mop more frequently than in summer.
It's important that you don't soak the floor when cleaning LVT, to avoid damaging the tiles with excessive moisture. Instead, damp mopping is all that's required. When sweeping, it's also important to use a soft brush rather than hard bristles, to avoid scratching the tile's topmost layer.
As with any flooring maintenance, prevention is better and less costly than repairs. Effective walk off systems play an essential part in protecting your flooring; and in areas where LVT is installed, protective felt or soft plastic furniture glides should be used on table and chair legs.
The Next Level: How to Remove Stains and Marks from Luxury Vinyl Tile
In busy environments, it is impossible to clean up every spill as it happens. Therefore, it's likely you will discover dried coffee or food stains, particularly if you've installed LVT in a dining area. These stains will be harder to remove than dust and dirt, so your maintenance team will need to address them directly.
The simplest way to remove stains from LVT is to use a damp cloth or mop with warm water and neutral pH detergent. If the stain persists, use a soft-bristled brush with warm water and neutral pH detergent to gently rub the stain and remove the dirt without damaging the tile. You may want to use cleaning products in place of detergent, but you should always check before use that it's suitable for luxury vinyl tile.
Advanced Care Tips for Luxury Vinyl Tile
As well as day-to-day, regular cleaning, LVT also requires periodic complex care during its life.
Luxury vinyl tiles have a clear, protective wear layer combined with a polyurethane coating, some of which are reinforced with silica beads for added durability, which protects the tiles from scuffs and stains. Most wear layers are 20-22 mil thick, and will offer protection from foot traffic for about five to seven years. Thicker wear layers (28-30 mil) can provide protection for 12 years or more and are recommended for very high-traffic commercial spaces.
Over the lifetime of luxury vinyl tiles, foot and wheeled traffic may diminish the wear layer. Eventually, depending on the environment and traffic levels, it may be necessary to reapply a protective finish for your LVT, which will extend its life even further.