Hardwood floors sure do look nice, but they are usually much more expensive, harder to install and harder to maintain than vinyl flooring.
Of course, you can always opt for luxury vinyl planks and tiles such as CoreTec if you want your floors to combine some of the advantages of vinyl flooring with the great looks of hardwood flooring.
While it's easy to install, CoreTec flooring still requires a certain amount of maintenance. In order to make your flooring last as long as possible, you need to know how to clean it properly.
This is why we've collected all the required info with the most useful tips and guidelines on how to clean CoreTec flooring.
CoreTec is a luxury type of vinyl flooring made to look better than most competitors and built to last longer, resisting various sorts of external factors. The wear layer on this type of flooring is up to 20 mm thick, so it really can stand the test of time.
It is pet-proof and kid-proof and it also installs very easily and quickly. The installation process usually requires little to no preparation at all, and it can be installed over any type of hard floor. Once it's installed it will give you added warmth and reduced noise. Don't forget it's also water, mold and mildew resistant.
All good things aside, it still needs to be well maintained so that it can look good and keep up with you and your family for many years, unless you plan on changing your flooring every few years. Let's get down to business.
After the Installation
There are a few things you need to consider right after you've installed your new CoreTec flooring. If you need to move any furniture or other heavy objects, make sure you use plywood boards so as not to damage the flooring.
The flooring will be covered in grit and dirt, so it's highly recommended to sweep it, dust it with a mop or vacuum it.
Sweeping the Floors
Sweeping is one of the most essential tasks required to keep CoreTec flooring clean. Even though it is a fairly tedious thing to do, sweeping your floors with a broom on a regular basis will keep them tidy and clean.
Be well aware that sweeping with a broom simply won't be enough. You'll need to mop the floor too.
Mopping the Floors
The next step is running a dry mop over your CoreTec flooring in order to collect all the dust, dirt and grit that you didn't manage to collect with your broom. Don't forget hard-to-reach areas such as corners and under the furniture.
Before you get to the wet cleaning process, it's important that you don't mess up this part.
Choosing the right type of mop is also important, so you need to make sure you pick a mop that is non-abrasive and manufactured for vinyl floors. Abrasive mops may damage your flooring by creating tiny scratches that will only get worse over time. Microfiber mops tend to work best on vinyl flooring.
Treated dust mops also need to be avoided as they may cause damage to your vinyl floors.
You can always save some time by using a regular vacuum cleaner.
Wet Cleaning the Floors
Now we're getting to the most important part of cleaning CoreTec flooring. This can be done in numerous ways, but each method requires a non-abrasive mop. Please keep in mind that you shouldn't use a steam mop on your vinyl flooring.
There are narrow spaces between the vinyl planks which make the flooring somewhat vulnerable to heat and moisture. Heat and moisture are the basic elements steam mops use, so you should steer clear of them as they may cause damage to the floors by loosening the glue between the layers of the flooring.
We strongly suggest you use a pH-neutral cleaner which you will first dilute in cool water. There are also spray cleaners specifically designed not to leave any residue after cleaning.
There are a large number of products on the market that are meant to be used on vinyl flooring exclusively, so you can experiment and decide which one gives you the best results.
If you want to try a homemade version, you can do so by utilizing apple cider vinegar. It is a very potent cleaning agent that will work wonders when it comes to keeping your CoreTec floors clean and fresh like brand new.
Just take a gallon of water and pour a cup of apple cider vinegar into it. Using a mop to wipe directly over the flooring will get rid of all the dirt without leaving any residues or traces.
This is because the acid in apple cider vinegar is strong enough to clean yet mild enough not to cause any damage to the floors.
Don't let the smell bother you, as it will disappear as soon as the floors are dry. Mixing in a pinch of jojoba oil can neutralize the smell slightly.
Another great option is to use baking soda, especially if some portions of your vinyl flooring are covered in stains. Mix it in some water to create a paste which will work wonders when it comes to removing stains from your vinyl flooring.
Make sure you apply it with a soft cloth.
Polishing the Floors
Once you're done with cleaning CoreTec flooring thoroughly and meticulously, it's time for yet another important routine.
Cleaning the floors will make them look tidy, but the process of polishing is what will actually make them shine.
Vinyl floors tend to lose their natural luster and shine, especially if they receive a fair amount of traffic on a regular basis.
Applying a quality floor polish designed specifically for vinyl flooring will provide you with a year's worth of protection from further wear and tear.
Now that you know how to clean CoreTec flooring, you're ready to adopt some new daily routines to keep your floors looking like new for many years to come.