Use a foam underlayment, which can come already attached to the product, for added insulation and noise control. I’ve used the popular disposable mopping pads in the past, but those get expensive and require you to use their specific cleaners on the floor. It’s also called composite, Pergo (which is a specific brand of flooring), or floating wood tile. Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)- These attractive tiles come in a greater variety of lengths and widths compared to LVP. Peel and stick tiles: LVT can stick directly onto a smooth surface. Manufacturing techniques have advanced for this material as well, allowing more textures besides a smooth laminated top layer. Advances in manufacturing allow more detailed textures besides just smooth and shiny, departing from its “plastic” look of yesteryear. LVP can also be smooth or textured to mimic different types of materials. Therefore, it’s better suited for imitating materials like stone, granite, and concrete.
Though both allow you to save money compared to buying natural wood or stone, one has the definitive edge in savings. Choose one that is specifically made for vinyl plank flooring for the best results. Caring for vinyl plank flooring comes down to a regular cleaning schedule, using gentle cleaning products and tools, and spot treating as needed. It often floats, which means it can snap and click over an existing floor without being nailed or glued down. Floating floors: Laminate can snap and click over an existing floor without being nailed or glued down. We chose the glue down planks because it was the only option available in the pattern we wanted. You’ll only have to use tape around the edges of your floor, or glue if it’s high traffic. Add a few drops of dishwashing soap and use the mop to swish the liquid around without making too many suds. While cleaning vinyl floors takes less work than natural wood flooring, there are a few things that you need to know.
No worries. We have a few tips for removing crayon marks and some of those other scary stains without resorting to harsh chemical compounds. These solvents can blast away stains from makeup, markers and crayons, and nail polish, respectively, so it’s worth keeping them on hand, just in case. If you decide to use an acrylic finish on your luxury vinyl plank flooring, it’s important to remember that you don’t want to polish it with a high-speed burnisher. Use the vacuum unit to suck away dirt, dust, and debris by moving back and forth from one end of the floor to the other. Tip 20: Never use ammonia or bleach to clean your vinyl floor. Though they’re similar in appearance, radiant heating, and installation, Luxury Vinyl has a slight advantage in most of the other categories. Laminate- As you will see, this material is just as versatile as LVT or LVP, with some slight differences in the installation process. Glue-able: You can also choose to install LVT or LVP over a subfloor and secure them with glue. LVT can float, peel-and-stick, be glued down, or snap together for easy installation. For more information, consult our flooring installation cost guide. Vacuums with a beater bar are more recommended for cleaning fluffy carpet instead.
Tip 5: As vinyl floors are very sensitive, be sure to pick out the right commercial cleanser. I do wonder how dated this information might be, now, as we went to Lowe’s yesterday and their flooring sales person strongly recommended a quality laminate over any of the waterproof luxury vinyl she had in the store. The sales person was telling me that these are as sturdy as Vinyl planks and are also water proof? However, both materials are excellent choices for any homeowner looking for an affordable floor that’s made to handle high traffic and the messes of life. Though it comes close to looking like wood, its synthetic nature makes it appear slightly artificial. When it comes to cleaning, I’m all about low maintenance. When it comes to looks, which one will suit your needs? It will also make future routine cleaning more manageable. Homeowners who pick textured styles should expect to put more effort into removing dust and food particles from the grooves. Which one is more convenient to install for both DIY homeowners and contractors?
Homeowners who pick a textured style should expect to have a tougher time getting dust and food particles out of the grooves. It also won’t trap dust and dirt easily. This material is generally smooth and 100% waterproof, making spills easy to clean without giving dust a place to hide. Since LVP is 100% waterproof, house training puppies or kittens aren’t as stressful. Plenty of good options exist for LVP and it’s perfect for the situation that you described. Which floors are good for our four-legged companions? Since it’s smooth on the surface, spills are easy to clean. Pet hair and dander is easily cleaned off its smooth surface. Peel and stick tiles: It can come in tiles that stick directly onto a smooth surface. If you have oil, vinegar or lemon spills, you need to clean those up as soon as they touch the floor because they can discolor the surface of the vinyl flooring. The reason why people prefer vinyl over wood is that it gives you the look of wood without the cost.