Vinyl Flooring

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Vinyl floors are a popular option among homeowners, particularly in kitchen and bathroom applications. A synthetic cousin of linoleum, vinyl flooring is water-and stain-resistant, versatile, and provides good durability for the cost. Thanks to a number of advances over the years, today's vinyl floors are attractive and economical.

Types of Vinyl Flooring
There are two types of vinyl flooring: sheet flooring, in which the flooring material is laid down in sheets 6 or 12 feet wide, and tile flooring, which uses tiles of 9"x9" or 12"x12". While sheet flooring is more water resistant and is easier to install, many homeowners prefer vinyl tile, which replicates the look of a ceramic tile floor at a more affordable cost.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Vinyl Floors
Vinyl flooring is durable and stands up well to heavy foot traffic. It is comfortable under foot and reduces noise, which can be important for owners with kids or pets. It is also less expensive than many other flooring options and is easy to install and maintain. Vinyl flooring comes in a broad range of colors and patterns to match every decor, including a variety of lifelike wood grains.

On the other hand, vinyl floors do not stand up well to heavy loads and can be damaged by sharp objects. Also, colors can fade with exposure to too much direct sunlight and floors can be damaged by extreme temperatures. For that reason, vinyl is not recommended for outdoor or indoor/outdoor uses. 

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What to About Installation

The key to successful installation of vinyl flooring lies beneath the flooring itself. Vinyl tiles require an extremely smooth surface, because any flaws and imperfections will show through as bumps and indentations in your floor. Usually the best subfloor is a layer of well-sanded plywood.

Most manufacturers do not recommend laying new vinyl over more than one layer of existing vinyl, and in fact will not guarantee the flooring if there is more than one layer of vinyl beneath. Another problem with laying over existing vinyl is that if the lower layer is patterned, the texture will eventually show through your top layer.

Vinyl flooring can be laid on top of concrete, but again, uniformity and smoothness can be a problem. Also, a plywood layer will give you a better feel under foot.

Some manufacturers offer do-it-yourself installation kits, but many homeowners choose to use a contractor in order to achieve a smooth.

 

How to Clean Laminate Floors

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Hardwood floors are my dream, but some of the laminate flooring options out there are amazing — and surprisingly well-priced. If you decide to go for laminate floors and invest your labor and hard-earned $2+/square-foot — or even if you're renting and find yourself with laminate through no choice of your own — you'll want those floors to be as shiny and clean as possible. Here are some of our best tips for cleaning laminate floors.

Baby Shampoo. As The Huffington Post says, "Since it’s safe enough for baby, it’s safe enough for your floors." Simply add a tablespoon of the gentle stuff to a bucket of water, wring out the mop, mop the floors, and wipe dry.

Alcohol: Not Just For Drinking. Better Homes & Gardens has helpful stain removal tips, including this one: humble rubbing alcohol removes ink, crayon, nail polish, and shoe polish. I live in fear of ruining floors with nail polish!

Vinegar...Maybe? Crunchy Betty recommends using equal parts vinegar and hot water for the cleanest, shiniest laminate floors, but HGTV says a little bit of vinegar might be okay. "Used in abundance, though, it can remove the protective seal on your floors." Pergo says that vinegar can be used for heavy cleaning, at a ratio of 1 cup of vinegar per gallon of water.

No Murphy's Oil, No Pine Sol. HGTV has a long list of laminate floor tips, including the assertion that Murphy's Oil and pine-scented cleaners make your floors streaky and dull.

Ammonia For The Delicious Stains. If you have Pergo floors, the company recommends using water and ammonia to clean wine, chocolate, and juice stains.

Don't Wet Mop. Everyone agrees on this one: as Better Homes & Gardens puts it, "Avoid wet mopping, which can result in water seeping behind baseboards." Instead, wring out your mop well, or lightly spray your cleaner on the floor and wipe up immediately.

No Water At All? I went to Lowe's last weekend to see their laminate flooring options in person, and a few were very impressive. Their cleaning advice? "Never clean or wet mop floors with water. Water may permanently damage the floor. Use a cleaner specifically designed for prefinished hardwood flooring and/or laminate flooring, like Bona or Bruce Floor Cleaner, to clean your floor."

If you have laminate floors, please let us know what works for you!

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