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9 Pro Tips for Extending the Lifespan of Your Hard Flooring


9 Pro Tips for Extending the Lifespan of Your Hard Flooring

Vinyl flooring is an increasingly popular hard flooring choice for its durability, affordability, and easy maintenance. 

Following proper care and maintenance practices is essential to ensure that your vinyl flooring retains its beauty and longevity. 

In this article, we will provide top tips for extending the lifespan of hard vinyl flooring.

1. Regular Cleaning

To keep your vinyl flooring looking its best, regular cleaning is essential. Use a neutral pH cleaner like Bona Hard-Surface Floor Cleaner mixed with water to clean the surface. Avoid using abrasive cleaners that can damage the vinyl. Use a microfiber mop for cleaning, as it is gentle on the floor and effectively removes dirt and debris. After mopping, dry the floor thoroughly to prevent water from evaporating and leaving dirt residue in any indentations. 

 2. Prevent Water Damage

Vinyl flooring is water-resistant but not always completely waterproof, depending how it has been installed. To prevent water damage, wipe up spills promptly and avoid excessive moisture. Promptly clean up spills and stains to prevent them from entering the vinyl flooring.

3. Use Door Mats and Rugs

Place doormats at the entrances of your home to trap dirt, sand, and other abrasive substances that can scratch the surface of your hard flooring. Doormats also help prevent moisture tracking, reducing the risk of water damage. Carpet rugs also protect vinyl flooring in higher-traffic areas like hallways or entryways. Ensure the backing is suitable, for instance some cheaper rubbers products can stain different flooring types  

4. Protect from Furniture Scratches

Place protective felt pads or furniture glides under the legs of your table to prevent scratches and scuffs on the vinyl flooring. When moving heavy furniture, use furniture sliders to minimise the impact on the floor.

5. Minimise Direct Sunlight

Almost all flooring types can fade or discolour when exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods, especially in NZ. Use curtains, blinds, or UV-protective window films to minimise the amount of the sun reaching your vinyl flooring. Rearranging furniture periodically helps distribute sunlight exposure evenly across the floor.

6. Avoid Harsh Chemicals

Avoid harsh chemicals on your vinyl flooring, such as bleach, ammonia, or abrasive cleaners. These can cause discolouration, damage the protective topcoat, and compromise the floor's longevity. 

7. Use Vinyl Floor Cleaner

Consider using a vinyl floor cleaner to enhance the sheen and protect your floor. Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Floor Cleaner is a recommended product for maintaining vinyl flooring. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for application and frequency of use.

8. Sweep or Vacuum Regularly

To prevent dirt and grit from scratching the surface of your vinyl flooring, sweep or vacuum it regularly. Use a soft-bristle broom or a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment to remove loose dirt and debris.

9. Avoid High Heels and Sharp Objects

Some hard flooring can be susceptible to dents and scratches from high heels, sharp objects, or heavy furniture. Encourage guests and family members to remove their shoes or use floor protectors to minimise the risk of damage. If you have pets, trim their nails to prevent scratches. Place mats under pet bowls to catch spills or water drips during feeding.


By following these top tips for caring for and maintaining your vinyl flooring, you can extend its lifespan and keep it looking beautiful for years. 

  • Regular cleaning, preventing water damage, using doormats, protecting from furniture scratches, minimising direct sunlight, avoiding harsh chemicals, and using appropriate floor polishes will help preserve the quality and appearance of your hard flooring.

  • Remember to check out Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Floor Cleaner here, suitable for maintaining vinyl floors.

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Disclaimer: The information provided here is a general comparison and may vary depending on the specific brand, quality, and installation method of each flooring type. It is always recommended to consult with flooring professionals or manufacturers for detailed advice and recommendations based on your specific circumstances.

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