Cleaning and Maintaining LVT

One of the primary benefits of installing LVT is its user-friendly properties; it is incredibly easy to clean and maintain, prolonging the life of your design and your investment. This is especially important in commercial settings, as it improves not only the durability and stability of your flooring selection, but also its long-lasting look and feel. 

But figuring out the proper tools and techniques needed to clean vinyl flooring to ensure it lasts well beyond its warranty can feel complicated. Thankfully, we have compiled an easy-to-use guide on how to clean and maintain your LVT. 

How to Clean LVT 

Let’s start with the basics — what exactly is LVT? 

There are many flooring options out there that claim to be the premier, top-of-the-line, flooring option. But there is only one true LVT. LVT, which encompasses tile, plank, and other LVT options, is a hard surface flooring material more resilient than other hard surface options available in the flooring industry today. LVT is comprised of a resilient vinyl backing, photographic film layer, emboss layer and protective coating or wear layer. 

This is one of the primary reasons LVT is so easy to clean and maintain; the wear layer doesn’t require floor wax. In fact, we do not recommend the use of wax on your LVT flooring. Golden Glove also offers wax removal services for all hardwood and vinyl flooring. Instead of using wax, sweep your floors more frequently. This will help to loosen and remove soil and grit.  

Everyday Cleaning of LVT 

Though naturally scratch, scuff, stain, and water resistant, LVT does require basic cleaning methods to best maintain. Most standard flooring cleaning tools are great for LVT — brooms, vacuums and mops all do the trick. 

On a regular basis, it is best to dry sweep LVT and always tend to spills as soon as possible. By keeping debris and dirt off the floor, you can prevent scratches or scuffs. When it comes time to do a little more thorough cleaning, the best method is mopping using a two-bucket system. 

A two-bucket system allows you to wash the floor with one bucket filled with a neutral cleaner and another bucket filled with clean water, thereby limiting cross contamination and ensuring you’re not spreading dirt around. 

Deep Cleaning of LVT 

Accidents happen, especially in a commercial setting like restaurants, hospitals, or multi-family settings. If this happens and your flooring is marked with a stain or a scratch, there are deep-cleaning methods that can help return your flooring back to its original state. Give Golden Glove a call to perform a deep clean before parties, gatherings, or if your luxury vinyl tile is due for a professional deep clean.  

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