The most common flooring issues arise for multiple reasons but typically it’s a hazard or it’s become an eye-sore. Here we are going to address a few of the problems that have arisen over the past.
How do I get rid of sticky flooring?
Generally, this is caused by something sticky being dropped on the floor or because of the type of cleaning product you are using.
If it’s something sticky, you can typically wipe it down with a damp cloth and a bit of elbow grease, then perhaps get a mop across the whole area. If it needs a bit more elbow grease, combine a low ph soap (like XO2) and warm water to a bucket.
Note: Use soft cloths only, do not use an abrasive cloth.
Why are my vinyl tiles cupping/curling?
This is when the end of a vinyl tile curls up. It is generally caused by the subflooring being damp or wet during installation. Or moisture getting under the tiles. Each Vinyl tile has its purpose and is either suitable for warm or cold temperatures. You can see this by looking at the specs/ care manual of your vinyl flooring for recommended temperatures.
To prevent this from happening you will need to reduce the amount of moisture in the room and regulate the temperature.
Are your vinyl tiles not appropriate for your area? Talk to a flooring specialist.
Do you have crowning edges?
If the centre of your tile is curling up (like a crown), then this is called crowning edges and is caused by moisture sitting on the tile for too long. Your best bet is to ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS clean up spills as quickly as possible.
How can I protect my floors from warping?
Sometimes if the room is hot all the time it can impact the tile, likewise, if it’s too cold the vinyl might not be climatised then it can also impact the vinyl. Though sometimes it’s simply bad/ not enough glue or bad installation.
Regardless if you find your flooring cupping, you can have the tile lifted and relayed. The important part is whether the rest of the floor was laid correctly for example most vinyl tiles can’t be laid on top of previous vinyl tiles unless it’s been covered with a cement-based leveler (yes, some people – usually DIY – do this to save time BUT it just costs you money in the long run) so if you are having vinyl tiles laid to make sure they follow the best practice for that type of vinyl flooring.
To prevent it from happening you would need to regulate the temperature in the room according to the vinyl tiles recommended temperature (usually 18-23 degrees) and put blinds/ tints or other window coverings.
My vinyl flooring is dull/fading?
This is caused by either constant sun, spills, or age. Too much sun will fade any material, but for flooring, you are getting constant traffic which causes the dulling of your flooring. This is easily fixed with a quick strip and seal you will be able to put some life back into your flooring.
For fading though protecting your tiles couldn’t be more important.
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