- Clean your floor regularly.
- Start by removing all dirt and dust with a soft broom or vaccum cleaner with the correct hard surface attachment. Never use a rotating brush, floor scrubber, jet mop, buffer or similar product.
- Then clean with water and a neutral and appropriate cleaning agent. Do not use aggressive cleaning products, soap, abrasive cleaners, bleach, acetone, solvents or cleaning agents that contain wax or oil.
- We recommend using a well-rung wet mop or cloth
- The use of residential steam mops on this product is allowed. Use at the lowest power with a suitable soft pad, and do not hold a steam mop on one spot for an extended period (longer than 5 min). Refer to the steam mop manufacturer's instructions for proper usage.
- Remove stains as soon as possible, using a well -wrung, slightly damp cloth. Warm in stains are difficult to remove.
- For stains such as chocolate, grease, juice, wine stains etc, use lukewarm water and a non abrasive cleaner.
- Nail polish, tar, markers, crayon, and lipstick may be able to be removed using nail polish remover, denatured alcohol, or white spirit.
- For candle wax and chewing gum, scrape carefully with a blunt plastic scraper.
- Oil, vinegar or lemon stains: remove right away as they may cause discolouration on the surface of your flooring.
- Stains such as tomato or blood can be removed by putting very diluted alcohol directly on the stain for a few minutes without scrubbing, then rinse off with water.
- Avoid bringing dirt, sand, grit and other substances such as oil or asphalt indoors by placing non-rubber backed carpets and doormats at all entrances.
- Do not use rubber-backed mats as long terms contact with the rubber backing can cause permanent stains.
- Do not allow cigarettes, matches, or other very hot items to come into contact with the floor as they may cause permanent damage.
- Do not drag heavy objects across the floor such as appliances or heavy furniture to avoid scratching.
- Apply appropriate protection to the legs of furniture. Do not use coloured floor protectors.
- Apply freely rotating, non-rubber wheels to chairs with casters and/or use protective matting.
- Please bear in mind that pets with sharp nails can leave deep scratches in the floor.
- A combination of heat and sunlight can cause most home furnishings to fade and discolour. Avoid exposure to direct sunlight for prolonged periods. During peak sunlight hours, the use of blinds or drapes is recommended.
Invest in good quality rug, non-stain or non-rubber backed doormat in front of entrance to prevent any sand, loose soil, grit, dust and other dirt being carried into the house. It is best to place a doormat at every entry point. Here’s one of the most effective way to reduce dirt: Simply adopt the ‘no shoes’ policy. This can further eliminate possible dirt from outdoor and maintain SPC floor hygiene at the same time.
Place mats, rugs or runners at high traffic area is another way to reduce dirt on your floor. Be careful when selecting mats as you want to avoid placing mats made out of materials like coco-fiber, pigmented rubber or latex-backed which will damage your floor surface.
If possible, remove your shoes when stepping on the floor will cut down the chances of scratches caused by stones and sands that’s being carried along when you have your shoes on.
Protect your SPC flooring with quarter-inch plywood, hardwood panelling when moving furniture to prevent scratches and scuff marks. You may place non-staining protector under your movable furnitures like chairs, couches, cabinets and tables to further prevent any dent.
To be on the safe side, get ready with hardboard runway whenever you move large furnitures and heavy appliances to protect your flooring.
If you are a pet lover, do watch out as animal’s claws will also leave scuff marks on your floor. Trimming of nails and claws of your pet regularly will help minimize potential scratches. It’s also common sense to avoid using abrasive scrubbing tools on your SPC flooring.
LIVING WITH PETS:
ANN'S SPC Rigid Core floor can be a great floor when living with pets. Be sure to clip your pet’s nails on a regular basis. Once the nails start making a noise on the floors you know it is time to trim. Be sure to clean up pet's waste/vomit as soon as possible as such accidents can affect the finishing of vinyl plank.