LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile) and LVP (Luxury Vinyl Plank) flooring have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their numerous benefits compared to other flooring options.
Here are some of the advantages of LVT flooring and maintenance tips:
Benefits of LVT Flooring:
- Durability: LVT flooring is highly durable and resistant to scratches, stains, and wear. It can withstand heavy foot traffic and is ideal for areas with high use, such as hallways, kitchens, and living rooms.
- Cost-Effective: LVT is often more affordable than natural materials like hardwood or stone, making it a cost-effective choice for homeowners and businesses.
- Wide Range of Styles: LVT flooring comes in a vast array of designs and styles, mimicking the look of natural materials like wood, stone, and ceramic tiles. This variety allows for versatile and customizable interior designs.
- Easy Installation: LVT is usually designed with a click-and-lock or adhesive system, making it relatively easy to install, even for DIY enthusiasts.
- Comfort: LVT flooring offers a softer and warmer surface compared to materials like ceramic or stone tiles. It provides a more comfortable underfoot experience.
- Water Resistance: Most LVT flooring options are waterproof, making them suitable for areas prone to moisture, such as bathrooms, kitchens, and basements.
- Low Maintenance: LVT is easy to clean and requires minimal maintenance compared to other flooring options.
How’s It Look Once Installed?
Here’s how it looks in a few of our client’s homes!
Maintenance Tips for LVT Flooring:
- Regular Cleaning: Sweep or vacuum the LVT flooring regularly to remove dirt, dust, and debris. Use a soft-bristle broom or a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment to avoid scratching the surface.
- Damp Mopping: For more thorough cleaning, use a damp mop with a mild floor cleaner specifically designed for vinyl floors. Avoid using excessive water, as LVT is water-resistant, not waterproof, and too much moisture may seep into the seams.
- Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Avoid using abrasive or harsh cleaning agents, as they can damage the protective wear layer of the LVT. Stick to mild, pH-neutral cleaners to preserve the flooring’s finish.
- Use Mats and Rugs: Place doormats at entryways and rugs in high-traffic areas to prevent dirt and grit from being tracked onto the LVT flooring. This will help preserve the surface and reduce the need for frequent cleaning.
- Protect from Furniture: Place furniture pads or glides under the legs of chairs, tables, and other heavy furniture to prevent scratches and scuffs when moving them.
- Wipe Spills Immediately: While LVT is water-resistant, it’s essential to wipe up spills promptly to prevent potential damage and staining.
- Avoid Heavy Impact: Though durable, LVT can still be damaged by heavy objects or sharp edges. Take care when moving heavy items and use protective pads under furniture legs.
By following these maintenance tips, you can extend the life and appearance of your LVT/LVP flooring while enjoying its benefits for years to come.