How to Clean LVP Flooring

Luxurious vinyl plank flooring (LVP) offers the beauty of hardwood with the durability and ease of maintenance of vinyl. Whether you’re a busy homeowner or just someone who appreciates a clean and polished floor, knowing how to properly clean and maintain your LVP flooring is essential. This guide will walk you through the best practices for keeping your floors looking their best.

Why Choose LVP Flooring?

Due to its remarkable blend of durability, practicality, and aesthetics, LVP flooring has emerged as a favored choice among homeowners and interior designers. 

Engineered to withstand the rigors of heavy foot traffic, this resilient flooring boasts impressive resistance to scratches and stains, ensuring a long-lasting and pristine appearance. 

It’s not just strong, but its moisture-resistant properties make it an ideal solution for high-humidity areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, and even basements, where traditional flooring materials may succumb to water damage. 

Most notably, LVP flooring offers an affordable alternative to traditional hardwood, providing the warmth and elegance of natural wood at a fraction of the cost. Complementing its exceptional performance is the ease of maintenance, requiring only routine cleaning to maintain its lustrous appeal for years to come. 

Tools and Materials You’ll Need

Before you start cleaning, gather these tools and materials to ensure the perfect sheen and shine when cleaning your flooring:

  • Mop (spray mop or traditional)
  • Dust mop or vacuum
  • Soft cloths or microfiber towels
  • Vinyl floor cleaner
  • Dish soap
  • Apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
  • Warm water
  • Furniture sliders
  • Doormats

Luxe Design’s Step-By-Step Cleaning Guide

Got your gear ready to keep your floors clean? Follow our easy guide that will help you keep your LVP flooring looking its best for any occasion.

Regular Sweeping or Vacuuming

To keep your LVP flooring free of dirt and dust, sweep with a soft-bristle broom or use a vacuum with a setting specifically for hard floors. Avoid using a vacuum with a beater bar as it can scratch the surface.

We suggest performing regular sweeping or vacuuming every other day or as needed

Mopping Your Floors

You want your LVP floors to shine. In order to get this look, we suggest using a damp mop or Wet Jet to clean your floors weekly. 

If you don’t want to invest in a Wet Jet or related product, there is always the homemade cleaning solution for your standard mop. Mix one cup of apple cider vinegar with a gallon of warm water. Vinegar is gentle yet effective at cleaning and disinfecting. 

Keep in mind that if you use a commercial vinyl floor cleaner, it must be labeled safe for LVP.

Tackling Spills and Stains

For everyday spills, wipe them up immediately with a damp cloth. If tougher stains like ink or lipstick happen, use a soft cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol. 

For food stains, a paste made of baking soda and water works well. Gently rub the paste on the stain until it disappears.

Remember, no matter the cleaning solution, always test it in an inconspicuous area first to ensure it does not damage the floor.

Removing Scuffs

Kids, pets, and general accidents happen. If your LVP flooring experiences some minor scuffs, soft cloth and hardware lubricant are your go-to tools.

Apply a small amount of hardware lubricant to a soft cloth and gently rub the scuff until it disappears. Then, wipe the area with a damp cloth to remove any residue.

If a scuff doesn’t come out with this method, try a melamine sponge (Magic Eraser), a paste of baking soda and water, or mineral spirits. 

If these don’t work, consult the flooring experts at Luxe Design Center. To prevent future scuffs, use felt pads on furniture legs, place area rugs in high-traffic areas, and encourage a no-shoe policy inside your home. 

What Not to Do When Cleaning LVP Flooring

Maintaining the pristine condition of your LVP flooring requires a gentle touch and a few simple precautions. 

Steer clear of steel wool or abrasive scrubbers, as these can easily scratch and mar the surface, diminishing its luster. Additionally, ammonia and ammonia-based cleaning solutions should be avoided at all costs, as these chemicals can cause the vinyl to deteriorate over time. 

Skipping wax or solvent-based polishes is crucial, as they can create an unsightly buildup and dull the floor’s finish, robbing it of its natural radiance. 

Finally, resist the temptation to use steam cleaners, as the intense heat and moisture can warp the vinyl planks and may even void your flooring’s warranty.

Start Your LVP Flooring Journey With Luxe Design Center

Maintaining your LVP flooring doesn’t have to be a chore. With regular cleaning and a few preventative measures, your floors can remain beautiful and durable for years to come. At Luxe Design Center, we’re here to help you make the most of your home’s interior. 

For more tips or to explore our range of flooring options, visit us in Frisco, TX, at 5266 Independence Parkway, or contact us today.