Parents of young children and pet owners have unique considerations when choosing vinyl flooring. Busy households will typically experience more wear and tear, so it’s necessary for homeowners with children and pets to take this into consideration when choosing flooring material.
Children and pets can be messy, and spills are a regular part of that mess. Fortunately, vinyl flooring is easy to clean up and can withstand short-term moisture. Because of this, vinyl flooring is a great option for family houses and high traffic areas including mudrooms, kitchens, and bathrooms.
Not only are budgets stretched when raising a family and pets, but time is too. Vinyl flooring is easy to care for, maintain, and easy to clean. Reader's Digest notes that the following steps will elongate the life of your vinyl flooring:
Learn low-impact cleaning techniques: Clean your vinyl floor using the mildest possible method. Sweep or vacuum it every evening, and wipe up spills right away. After you sweep, a few times a week use a mop dampened with warm—not hot—water. If all else fails, use soap, but make sure the soap is designed for your flooring.
No shoe policy: Have a strict no shoe policy in the house. And even though it's invisible to the naked eye, chemicals from asphalt can stick first to your shoes and then to the floor, causing yellow streaks.
Use the right cleaner: If your no-wax vinyl needs cleaning, wash it with a cleaner made specifically for no-wax floors, following the directions on the container. If you have older vinyl that requires waxing, clean it with warm water and detergent. Avoid cleaners with high amounts of chemicals, as this can eat away at the flooring material.
Families are busy, and no one wants to spend extra time thinking about their floors. Vinyl flooring is long lasting, and with proper maintenance and care, durable for many years. That way, families and pet owners can spend less time remodeling and more time enjoying their homes with their loved ones.