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Carpet and Vinyl Maintenance Information

How to Take Care of Your Sheet Vinyl Floor

While the floor is brand new…
Do not move furniture on the floor for 24 hours. Avoid heavy foot traffic during this time to allow the adhesive to dry. If the floor has been seamed, do not disturb the seam sealer for several hours so it can set up.
Damp mop the floor the day after installation using clean warm water to remove any loose dirt, as well as the black face markers. For future maintenance care follow the steps listed below.

All that’s needed for easy maintenance:

  • A soft broom or dust mop. Sweep the floor daily to prevent accumulation of dirt or grit that can scratch or dull its surface. Spills should be wiped up promptly before they become sticky or hard.
  • Two sponge mops and two buckets. One set is for washing, the other for rinsing. Mop your vinyl floor with clean warm water if sweeping alone won’t take off accumulated dirt. Don’t flood the floor; a little water does the job. Then rinse thoroughly. It’s an important second step.
  • Clear or sudsy ammonia. When necessary, add a mild cleaning solution of clear or sudsy ammonia to your wash water. Don’t use soap or detergents, they can leave a film, And once again, a thorough rinsing is an all important second step to maintaining a shiny clean floor. Use your separate rinse mop and bucket and plenty of clean, warm water.

Never use:

Commercial scrubbing or stripping pads. They arc made to strip old wax off linoleum or asphalt, and they will likely take the shine off your new vinyl floor.
Synthetic or commercial polishing pads, They are too abrasive.
Rubber-backed or coca fiber floor mats. Rubber will stain. Coca will scratch. Floor mats are highly recommended… but use mats with a soft backing.
Soaps, detergents, or harsh chemicals. Soaps and detergents leave a dulling film. Harsh chemicals may cause damage. Abrasive cleaning powders. They can permanently damage the finish on your new floor (except as suggested in the section on “excessive scuffing” or “scratches”).
One-step, “no-rinse” cleaners or cleaners with wax. They will leave a dirt-catching film on your vinyl floor.
Vinyl dressing or finishes. “No-wax” floors with the No-Wax wear layer, may be given a small amount of vinyl dressing (not wax) if, in time, the gloss in heavy traffic areas can’t be restored to your satisfaction by buffing alone.
Wax. Never.

Floor Protection

Heavy furniture and appliances can cause indentation in your floor unless they are supported with wide-bearing, non-staining floor protectors. The maximum surface load per square inch must not exceed 75 lbs. Weight should be evenly distributed to prevent permanent indentation. Narrow, metal dome furniture rests should be replaced with the wide-bearing devices. The ideal size of floor protectors is at least 1-inch square (or diameter). Hard plastic protectors are recommended. Make sure any metal protectors are rust proof. The protectors must rest flat on the floor, not at an angle.

Floor Precautions

  • Certain substances such as oil, fertilizers, asphalt from driveways, and driveway sealers with an asphalt or coal tar base, and some carpet dyes can cause permanent stains especially in traffic areas. Protect against tracked-in stains by placing door mats or rugs at each entrance.
  • Normal sunlight exposure will not affect a vinyl floor. However, exposures to excessive direct sunlight through glass sliding doors, for example, can cause fading or discoloration. To protect your floor from extreme sunlight, close your drapes during times of direct sunlight exposure.
  • Stiletto or spike heels will damage carpet, wood floors, ceramic, quarry and vinyl tile, and all sheet vinyl flooring. We suggest this type of heel not be worn on Mannington flooring material. Mannington will not accept claims for indentation, floor puncture or delamination of the wear surface caused by high heel damage.

Stain Prevention/Removal

Staining normally refers to substances, whether spilled or tracked onto the surface of the floor, which result in a residual stain after normal cleaning. Most substances found in a household will not leave a residual stain. However, follow these procedures when spills occur:

Acid: Wipe away with damp cloth, then rinse and let dry. Burns: Remove slight burns with fine steel wool dipped in full strength cleanser. Clean, rinse, and let dry. Then fill with a dab of seam sealer. Severe burns can be repaired by a professional floor covering installer, Consult floorcovering dealer for details.
Dyes: Grass stains, mildew, rust, urine, etc. Wash area with strong bleach cleanser, rinse with clean water and let dry. Gummy substances: Adhesives, candy, chewing gum, grease, oil, lipstick, etc. Wipe or blot up using a damp cloth. If any stain remains, remove as much as possible with a dull knife or other tool that will not scratch the floor. Then wash normally using ammonia cleaner. For any stubborn stain remaining, wipe (turning frequently) with clean white cloth soaked with nail polish remover or lighter fluid. Then buff if necessary.
Paints, solvents, lacquer, varnish, nail polish, tar, asphalt, wax, etc. blot up quickly. if dry, peel the film from the floor. Remove any residual stain by wiping with a clean white cloth (turning frequently) soaked with nail polish remover or lighter fluid. Then rinse and buff it necessary.
Scratches/Scuffs: Buff with a power buffer after washing in the normal way, or if necessary using a soft natural bristle scrub brush attachment. If scuffs or scratches remain, rub area using a clean white cloth soaked with lighter fluid. If scuffs or scratches still remain, rub area with mild abrasive cleanser (such as Bon Ami or Softscrub) in a paste form on a damp cloth. Rub lightly in a circular motion. Rinse, wipe dry, then buff in the usual fashion using a lamb’s wool pad.

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