CARING FOR CREATIVE OPTIONS
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.
- 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.