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Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring has been around for a long time. The oldest type of vinyl, linoleum, has been in existence for over 150 years! If you haven’t seen the new styles and colors in resilient then you may be in for a surprise!

Vinyl flooring has a solid nature and its ability to flex or “give” a little when walked on makes it a popular product. What we used to call sheet vinyl now comes in interesting designs and 12-foot widths which eliminates the seams.

Vinyl can now deliver the look of upscale ceramic, wood and intricate designs in stone and marble. You can get a full range of finishes and looks which are embossed and printed with such precision that they look and feel like the materials whose images they portray!

For protection, vinyls are being made with urethane including aluminum oxide particles which are the same tough topcoat used in wear layers for woods and laminate in recent years. This makes these new vinyl floors easy to clean up and resist scratching.

What is Luxury Tile?
Luxury tile is at the high end of resilient flooring. It has high performance and high fashion. New designs in luxury tile include everything from contemporary colors, vivid brights, pearlized finishes and abstracts with soft patterns. Other looks are exotic and distressed woods, colored concretes and fossilized stone plus metallics, rich colors and wide planks!

Luxury tile can perform better than wood and stone! Luxury tile never needs refinishing, will not warp due to excessive water, resists scratches, remains quieter to walk on and is warm to the touch.

Where to use vinyl?
Vinyl can be installed just about anywhere, but especially in wet areas, children’s or handicapped rooms where an easy-to-walk-on surface is must. Also in niche areas like an entry and in areas where you don’t want seams and want an easy-to-clean floor.

Did you know that because vinyl is so easy to keep clean it’s hygienic! There are no places for dirt, grime or germs to hide and it’s skid resistant.

Caring for your Vinyl Floor

To care for your new vinyl floor and keep it looking new, follow these simple tips…

After installation

  • Wait at least 24 hours before cleaning your new vinyl flooring (check with your Abbey expert on the wait time).
  • Cover your entryways with mats to reduce the amount of dirt, sand and oil that could be tracked in. Avoid mats that have a rubber backing as this may cause damage or discolor your flooring.
  • Take your shoes off at the door! Be sure to wear slippers or socks. Your feet have oil on them that will transfer onto the floor.
  • Cover your furniture legs with floor protectors that are made of hard plastic or felt.

Routine Care

  • Vacuum regularly to remove loose dirt. Use a vacuum without a beater bar to avoid scratching your floor.
  • When further cleaning is needed, use a mop with warm water. Use water by itself or use a manufacturer-recommended cleaning product. It should be a cleaner that rinses clean.  Many cleaners can leave behind a sticky residue that will act like a dirt magnet and allow dirt to build up on your flooring.
  • Use non-abrasive cleansers or scrubbing pads on your resilient floor to avoid scratches.
  • To prevent stains, wipe up spills immediately.
  • Use a non-abrasive scrubbing pad for stubborn stains that are caused by these:  Mustard, ink, permanent marker, asphalt, shoe polish, mold, mildew or hair dye.

Need to remove black heel marks? Spray some WD40 on a cloth and wipe off the marks. Clean the area with warm water and a mild detergent, then rinse clean.