Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl or rubber flooring (otherwise known as “Resilient Flooring”) refers to a family of plastic flooring that is comfortable to walk on and offers impact absorption and durability. They are available in a variety of colours and textures and are commonly installed as sheet formats or 12” x 12” flexible tiles.

Useful Tip:

Although some resilient flooring types may be labeled as “No Wax” you may find the best way to restore a high lustre is with some type of wax or acrylic product recommended by the manufacturer. Waxes containing solvents, varnish, shellac or any plastic finishing material should not be used as the solvents may cause material breakdown or buckling.

General Maintenance

Clean vinyl or rubber resilient flooring with a damp mop, lukewarm water and a mild soap or detergent. Harsh cleansers can cause fading, discolouration and may even make some materials hard and brittle. Avoid abrasive cleansers as these can scratch vinyl flooring. Stubborn scuffs can usually be removed with a damp cloth and some effort.

Where vinyl floor tiles have been installed, use a limited amount of water. Excessive water may seep between tiles, flooring joints and where the flooring meets baseboards and trim. Uplifted edges or corners should be repaired immediately to prevent water from seeping under the flooring and increasing the amount of lifted flooring. To reset the flooring, you may need to apply contact cement and pressure.

Ridges or Depressions

Resilient flooring is soft and susceptible to dents or depressions from heavy furniture. Usually the impressions will restore themselves when the pressure point has been lifted. These dents can be reduced with the use of a leg coaster that will help distribute the weight over a larger surface area.

Occasionally a piece of material can become trapped beneath the floor during installation and can cause a “ridge” to rise up in the surface of the flooring. The visibility of ridges is dependant on a number of factors including texture, pattern, colour, type of resilient material and lighting. Repairing ridges may require cutting and removal of a section of the floor; however, the resulting repair may be more obvious than the original ridge. Contact a professional flooring service provider for ridge repairs.

Fading and Discolouration

Resilient flooring is subject to the same fading when exposed to constant and direct sunlight. Window coverings will reduce this effect.

Some materials are incompatible with resilient flooring and can cause yellowing or discolouration. Items such as latex-backed carpets (kitchen or bath), oven cleaners, hair sprays, and foods (i.e., mustards and vegetable dyes) can cause this reaction to occur. Unfortunately, cleansers cannot remove this discolouration and yellowing and some bleach-based chemicals can actually aggravate the discolouration making it worse. Over time the discolouration may fade.