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Walk into any flooring store these days and the one product the salesperson can't wait to tell you about is the new luxury vinyl plank or luxury vinyl tile flooring (also known as LVP and LVT). LVP and LVT flooring is a cost-effective plank or tile style resilient-vinyl flooring that can be installed anywhere since it is water-resistant and can withstand high traffic areas. It does not require an underlayment padding and the joints will not swell or buckle due to moisture.
When shopping around for flooring for our new home we wanted to avoid traditional tile floors because they are so cold, carpeting because it attracts dirt, and we also did not want to spend the money on hardwood floors. We wanted to use the same flooring throughout because neither my husband or I like the choppy look of different flooring materials when you go from room to room. Because LVP and LVT is water-resistant, it was the best choice for our new home since it can be used in all rooms including bathrooms.
How to care for Luxury Vinyl Plank and Tile Flooring
- Always use non-staining felt pads under furniture feet.
- Prevent stains by wiping spills immediately.
- Use doormats both outside and inside of entryways as well as carpet runners in high traffic areas.
- Sweep or vacuum on a regular basis to pick up debris that could scratch the flooring. Use a vacuum without a beater brush.
- Over time, extreme sunlight can cause the flooring to fade and discolor just like it can with most furniture and carpeting. Be sure to close curtains or blinds to protect the flooring and your other home furnishings where extreme sunlight could be a problem.
- Dry mop or dust mop floors on a regular basis to remove dust.
- Wet mop floors occasionally with soft mop like the O-Cedar MicroTwist™ mop.
Now that we have been in our new home for almost 6 months, through some trial and error, I finally have a good routine down for keeping our LVP floors clean. I've learned that the steam mop that worked great on the ceramic tile floors in our last house left our LVP streaked. Also, the more soap you use, the duller the floors will be when they dry so it's best to use just a drop. I use two O-Cedar MicroTwist™ mops when cleaning my floors which can be purchased online at Amazon and are also available at other retailers. Low gloss floors will show streaks in certain lighting after they are dry so having two mops allows me to dry the floor immediately.
The O-Cedar MicroTwist™ mop has a super absorbent microfiber head that does not leave the floor sopping wet and also covers 75% more area at a time with extra large 16-inch mop head. The absorbent microfiber head dries the floor in just a few passes back and forth with the dry mop.
The O-Cedar MicroTwist™ mop also features a specifically-designed twist-off microfiber mop head for easy replacement - which should last around 6 months. The hooks at the top of the mop handle allow you to hang the mops and keep them off the floor when not being used. This can easily be done with a Command 3M hook. There are also tabs that lock the mop head in place for easy storage.
The fullness of this mop assures me that every square inch of my LVP flooring will get clean with the wet mop and dried with the dry mop.
If you are considering LVP or LVT flooring for your next DIY project or new home build, remember the tips above to keep your investment looking great for years and years to come.