A Maintenance Checklist for Your Resilient Flooring

A Maintenance Checklist for Your Resilient Flooring

Resilient flooring is one of the most attractive and versatile flooring options that has been in existence for decades. The dictionary meaning of resilient is “capable of reverting to an original form after getting compressed”. So it gives a bouncy feel as you tread over it, and is valued for its strength, comfort underfoot, and easy maintenance. Because of all these attributes, resilient flooring is commonly found in residential and commercial buildings everywhere. Resilient flooring is also regarded as a highly affordable and cost-effective flooring alternative.

Resilient flooring is popularly called ‘vinyl’ or ‘sheet vinyl’ and is essentially a mixture of fillers, binders, and color having a good amount of elasticity. There are mainly six varieties of resilient flooring that include linoleum, asphalt, vinyl (composition and solid), rubber, wood, and cork.

Resilient Floor Cleaning and Maintenance Checklist

One of the best characteristics of resilient flooring is its ease of maintenance because unlike many other types of flooring, it can withstand both spills and stains. Some of the factors that can unintentionally lead to your floor damage are abrasive cleaners, improper cleaning technique, moving furniture and sunlight.

You can enhance the appearance and performance of your resilient flooring through proper care and the following recommended cleaning guidelines.

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Post Construction Cleaning

  • Using a microfiber mop or a proper floor vacuum, dry mop the floor to remove dust particles.

  • Work floor in sections to spray neutral pH cleaner and mop using a microfiber damp mop pad. Ensure to change the pad with a fresh microfiber wet pad.

  • Make sure to rinse the floor using water only and mop water to eliminate any leftover residue from the floor.

  • If a residue film is visible on the floor post-drying, ensure to get rid of it using the method given below.

Steps to Remove Construction Residue

  1. Dry mop floor using a microfiber mop pad to get rid of any construction dust or outdoor soil persisting on the flooring. Replace pad with a fresh one, if it gets dirty.

  2. Work floor in sections to spray neutral pH cleaner onto the floor to remove the residue film.

  3. For a smooth surface, apply a low rpm (175 rpm) buffer and using a 3M red pad with neutral pH cleaner onto the floor, to extract the residue film. Avoid dry buff.

  4. For embossed or textured floor covering, a cylindrical brush scrubber can be used with red brushes after application of a neutral pH cleaner onto the floor to eradicate the residue film.

Preventative Maintenance

  1. Immediately Following Installation

    • After installation it is recommended that during the first 48 hours you should

    • Keep minimum possible foot traffic for 24 hours.

    • Before placing furniture on the floor wait 24 hours.

    • Sweep the floor to eliminate loose dirt.

    • Protect from direct sunlight using window protection to prevent fading and enlargement of vinyl planks.

  2. Determine and Target All Sources Of Soiling

    • Ensure proper maintenance of your exterior (parking areas and walkways) that are the prime sources of dirt entering the building.

    • Use mats that have non-staining backing such as a PVC backed matting. Make sure that to place mats at entrance areas, passage areas and particular areas like food service areas/restrooms to check and control soiling and staining of the floor.

Routine Maintenance

Follow a simple maintenance plan. Your resilient floor maintenance requirement will depend on the frequency and type of foot traffic. A simple routine maintenance program should include:

    1. Remove Dry Soil

      • Regular floor sweeping(once a week) to remove loose dirt, soil particles that can lead to abrasion of the wear layer.

      • Avoid using dust mop treatments to prevent transferring and attracting soil.

      • Make sure vacuums having rotating beater bars are not used on hard surfaces.

    2. Promptly Deal with Spots and Spills


    • Promptly wiping spills prevents stains and slip/fall hazards.

    • Absorb wet spillage and if required apply a neutral pH vinyl cleaner onto the floor and rinse with water.

    • Alcohol(Isopropyl)or mineral spirits are useful for effective removal of grease.

  1. Remove Scuffs

    • Remove scuff marks using an auto scrubber or a red pad along with a buff solutions in a low (175 rpm) machine.

    • Occasional mopping with a recommended cleaner, when dirt builds up.

    • Do not use abrasive chemicals for cleaning as they will cast a dull film.

Upon proper cleaning, the resilient flooring will be as visually appealing as if it’s been just out of the box!

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1 Comment

  1. Great blog. Today`s resilient flooring is a highly engineered combination of polymer materials.