What You Need To Know

Luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring has taken the design world by storm. Homeowners appreciate its impressive look, which is similar to natural wood or stone, outstanding durability, and low maintenance needs. 

However, with numerous cleaning options available, one important question arises: Is it safe to use a steam mop on LVP flooring?

Amber is your go-to for flooring insights and top-notch products. Explore LVP flooring with us, learn about the risks of steam mopping, and find the best cleaning methods to keep your floors looking fabulous.

 

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Understanding Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring

LVP planks have several layers: a stable plastic core, a high-definition print that mimics wood, stone, or tile, and a tough wear layer that guards against scratches, stains, and daily wear.

Here's what makes LVP flooring so popular:

  • Durability: LVP is built to withstand heavy daily use, making it perfect for high-traffic areas.
  • Water Resistance: Unlike real wood, LVP is moisture-resistant, making it ideal for kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms.
  • Easy Maintenance: Regular cleaning with the right methods keeps LVP floors looking beautiful.
  • Versatility: With a wide range of colours, patterns, and textures, LVP complements any design style.

Choosing the right cleaning methods is key to preserving the longevity and appearance of your LVP flooring. Although LVP is water-resistant, it's not fully waterproof. Using harsh chemicals or too much water can damage the core and loosen the planks.

Knowing the best way to clean LVP flooring will keep your LVP floors looking great and lasting longer.

 

The Debate: Steam Mopping on Vinyl Flooring

Steam mops offer a convenient cleaning solution, but are they safe for LVP floors? 

Let's weigh the pros and cons:

Pros:

Effective Cleaning: Steam mops can effectively remove dirt, dust, and some light grime on the surface of LVP flooring.
Disinfection: The hot steam can kill some bacteria and germs on the floor's surface.

Cons:

Heat Damage: Excessive heat from a steam mop can warp or loosen LVP planks, especially if the core is made of plastic.
Moisture Damage: Too much moisture can seep into the seams between planks, potentially causing the core to swell and the planks to buckle.
The Verdict?

So, can you use a steam mop on LVP flooring? While steam mopping might seem like a quick solution, there are significant risks to harming your LVP flooring.

 

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Safe Cleaning Alternatives for Vinyl Floors

At Amber, we understand the importance of keeping your LVP floors clean. 

Let's discuss effective products and safe cleaning methods, besides steam mopping, to keep your LVP floors looking beautiful for years.

Here are Amber recommendations:

  • Soft Brooms or Vacuums: Regularly sweeping or vacuuming with a soft brush attachment helps remove loose dirt and debris.
  • Microfibre Mop: This gentle mop attracts dust and dirt without scratching the floor's surface.
  • LVP Floor Cleaner: The best cleaner for vinyl plank floors is one specifically formulated for them, like Amber’s pH-neutral tile and grout cleaner.

Let’s go through the step-by-step process for cleaning LVP floors.

Preparation 

Before cleaning, remove any debris or loose dirt from the floor using a soft-bristle broom or vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment. Pay close attention to corners and edges where dirt tends to accumulate.

 

Mix Cleaning Solution 

Fill a bucket with warm water and add the recommended amount of your chosen LVP floor cleaner according to the manufacturer's instructions. Avoid using an excessive amount of cleaner, as it can leave a residue on the floor.

 

Damp Mop the Floor 

Dip your microfibre mop into the cleaning solution, wring it out thoroughly to remove excess moisture, and then mop the floor. It's crucial to avoid soaking the floor with water. A damp mop head is sufficient for effective cleaning.

 

 Rinse and Dry 

After mopping the entire floor, rinse your mop head in clean water and wring it out thoroughly. Go over the floor again with the damp mop head to remove any cleaning solution residue.

 

Air Dry Completely

Allow the floor to air dry completely before placing any rugs or furniture back in place. Never leave standing water on the LVP surface, as this can damage the flooring.

By following these simple steps and using the recommended cleaning products from Amber, you can ensure your LVP floors stay sparkling clean and protected for years to come.

 

Tips to Maintain Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring

Luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring offers exceptional durability, but proper maintenance practices are essential to extend its lifespan and preserve its beautiful appearance.

Here are some additional maintenance tips:

  • Doormats: Place doormats at all entrances to trap dirt and debris before it gets tracked onto your LVP floors.
    Furniture Protection: Use felt pads or area rugs under furniture legs to prevent scratches and dents.
  • High Heels: Encourage guests to remove high heels indoors, as the pointed tips can damage the LVP surface.
  • Spills and Accidents: Act quickly! Clean up spills and accidents immediately to prevent stains and moisture damage. Blot the area with a clean, absorbent cloth to remove excess liquid.
  • Direct Sunlight: While LVP flooring is generally resistant to fading, prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can cause some colours to lose vibrancy over time. Consider using blinds or curtains to manage sunlight exposure in rooms with LVP flooring.
  • Pets: Trim your pet's nails regularly to prevent scratches on the LVP surface. Consider placing area rugs near pet feeding and water bowls to catch spills and debris.
  • Heavy Objects: Avoid dragging heavy furniture across the LVP floor. Lift and move furniture carefully to prevent scratches and gouges.

Keep in mind that a bit of care can greatly preserve your LVP's beauty and functionality.

 

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When to Consult a Professional

Luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring is known for its ease of maintenance, but there are situations where seeking professional help is the best course of action.

Here are some signs that it might be time to call in the experts:

  • Deep Cleaning Needs: For heavily soiled LVP floors with deep-seated dirt or grime.
  • Repairs or Replacements: LVP flooring that has cracks, chips, or warped planks.
  • Professional Inspection: If you're planning to sell your home or suspect there might be underlying issues with your LVP flooring.

At Amber, we understand the importance of professional flooring maintenance. We can guide you on the best products and tools for your LVP. Additionally, we offer post-sale support to answer maintenance questions, helping you enjoy your LVP floors for longer.

Partner with us to keep your LVP flooring beautiful and functional.

 

FAQs about Steam Mopping Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring

  • What Is the Best Way To Clean Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring?

    The best way to clean LVP flooring is with a microfibre mop and a gentle, LVP-specific floor cleaner. Regular sweeping or vacuuming with a soft brush attachment is also recommended.

  • What Kind of Mop Is Best for Vinyl Plank Flooring?

    A microfibre mop is the best choice for LVP flooring. It gently attracts dust and dirt without scratching the surface.

  • What Floors Should Not Be Steam Mopped?

    Steam mops are not recommended for LVP flooring or any other type of flooring that is not water-resistant, such as hardwood or laminate. Excessive heat and moisture from steam mopping can damage these floors.

 

Maintain the Beauty of Your Vinyl Flooring With Expert Advice From Amber

Amber advises using a microfibre mop paired with a mild cleaning solution to maintain your LVP floors, safeguarding them from sun exposure, promptly addressing spills, and employing doormats and furniture protectors to avoid scratches.

Need some assistance?

We offer an extensive collection of premium LVP flooring options and the ideal cleaning solutions to ensure meticulous upkeep.

Contact our expert team members, who are ready to answer your inquiries and assist you in selecting the optimal LVP care products tailored to your requirements.

We invite you to visit your local Amber store and explore our exceptional range of LVP flooring firsthand!