Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) and Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) flooring is one of the most popular flooring types available today, and by far the fastest growing segment. The technology used to create these products allows you to have the look of hardwood or tile or stone, but with much less maintenance and superior performance.
LVT and LVP are also known as resilient flooring because they provide some give underfoot, which makes it easier on your feet and legs when you have to stand on it for a long time. Luxury vinyl plank flooring is designed to mimic wood flooring, down to its plank approach to installation.
The most popular products in this segment are the waterproof products. These are sold under many brands, but the most recognized are CoreTec and Floorte.
Vinyl tile flooring has been in use for generations, and many people grew up in kitchens with what is also known as linoleum flooring. Its easy maintenance, water resistance and durability make it an ideal option for many home and commercial uses. Today’s LVT and LVP products provide style and color choices for every design preference.
There are many great reasons to choose LVT/ LVP products for your home. However, before you purchase and install an LVT or LVP product, please review the information below to ensure you are prepared and it is the right product for your family.
Floors should never be flooded with water or be allowed to have standing water. This can loosen the adhesive.
Care should be taken with heavy furniture and appliances. Furniture protectors should be used that are at least 2” in diameter. The hard and small buttons sometimes found on the bottom of chairs and other pieces of furniture should be removed. High heeled shoes also apply here.
Protect the floors from dirt and grit that can be tracked in by using walk off mats at every entrance.
Do not use rubber backed mats. Certain rubber compounds can permanently stain vinyl.
Never use vinegar, acetone or lacquer thinner to clean these floors.
For extreme staining like nail polish , paint, dye and permanent markers try applying fingernail polish remover that contains acetone, but is not pure acetone with a soft cloth and gently rub.
Spills should be removed immediately.
The floor should be swept, dust mopped or vacuumed on a regular basis.
Stubborn rubber heel marks can be removed with a soft cloth dampened with mineral spirits.
When the floor gets build up, consult the with the manufacturer’s recommended cleaner system to see if a stripper is available.