November 26, 2015

General Maintenace


Tips and Tricks for keeping your floors looking new.


Initial Regular Maintenance

  • Sweep or vacuum the floor to remove any dirt or grit.
  • Use a damp mop with a neutral vinyl floor cleaning solution to clean the vinyl.
    (Such as Armstrong S-485 Commercial Floor Cleaner, mixed according to manufacturer's instructions)
  • Rinse the floor with clean water to ensure all the cleaner solution and/or soil residue has been removed.


  • Do not scrub or wet wash the new floor for at least four days following installation to avoid causing a problem with the bond of the adhesive to the subfloor.
  • Do not use excessive amounts of water when cleaning the floor.
  • Avoid the use of harsh chemicals or coarse scrub pads which could damage the flooring surface.

A 'no polish' option is acceptable on Creative Options Luxury Vinyl. However for added protection in higher traffic areas, or if a higher gloss is preferred, follow the instructions below.

High Traffic Areas and/or if Higher Gloss Preferred

Following a thorough cleaning with a neutral floor cleaner and a rinse with clean water:

  • Allow the floor to dry completely.
  • Apply three to five coats of a quality commercial floor polish, such as Armstrong S-480
    (be sure to allow the floor to dry completely between polish applications, following the manufacturer's instructions).
  • Use regular maintenance instructions as listed above, and follow polish manufacturers instructions.


Preventative Maintenance

  • Avoid exposure to excess direct sunlight, which could cause movement and/or discoloration in vinyl flooring.
    (Blinds/Drapes should be used in these areas.)
  • Felt floor protectors should be used under furniture legs to help avoid surface scratches and damage.
    (Glide n' Guard Floor Protectors should be used under all heavy appliances.)
  • Vacuum/Sweep the floor frequently to ensure grit and dirt are removed to avoid scratching or damaging the flooring surface.
  • Do not use a vacuum with a beater bar or rotary brush.
  • Non-staining walk-off mats should be used at entryways.
  • When moving heavy equipment or appliances, be certain to protect the floor by covering with hardboard or plywood panels to prevent surface damage.