Malmo is a popular brand of luxury vinyl tile (LVT) that is appropriate for all areas of the house. The key to ensuring that any kind of flooring looks great, and stays looking great, is keeping it clean.
Cleaning your Malmo flooring will mean it looks its best, but will also increase its lifespan, reducing damage and helping you to enjoy it for longer. For example, dirt can scratch the floor or stain it, while liquid can damage the materials that make up your floor, meaning it won’t insulate your house as effectively nor last as long.
Read our tips and tricks on cleaning your new Malmo vinyl floor so it looks great for years to come.
Malmo Care & Maintenance
There are some specific steps that are helpful to complete following the initial installation of your new Malmo floor. These should only be done once full curing of the adhesive has been reached so as not to damage the setting of the floor.
Sweep or vacuum
Sweep or vacuum the floor to remove all installation dust & debris. You will likely find that the installation process results in a lot of dust, so be sure to sweep or vacuum this up so you can enjoy your new floor.
While Malmo floors won’t constantly get scratched or scraped, grit can sometimes damage the surface of the floor. After your initial installation, it’s important to get up all the dust and debris so it doesn’t pose a risk to your new flooring.
Use LVT Cleaning Detergent
Clean the floor using a simple, neutral PH luxury vinyl tile cleaning detergent and well wrung out mop. This will remove dust and dirt that you missed during sweeping. Using a cleaning detergent specifically designed for LVT will ensure it doesn’t damage the Malmo flooring, such as staining it, and will instead make it look its best. You don’t want your mop to be too wet, just damp.
Ensure the floor surface is completely dry before use as wet floors can be slippery.
Ongoing Care & Maintenance
After the initial installation, it’s important to continue to keep your Malmo vinyl flooring clean. This will help it last a long time and ensure it looks great. It’s also a good idea to keep your floor clean as food crumbs, for example, can attract mice and other pests.
- Sweep or vacuum the floor regularly to remove dirt, grit particles and dust.
- Prevent stains by wiping up spills immediately.
- Regularly mop using a neutral PH LVT detergent cleaner, which you add to water and then mop (well wrung) as usual. Ensure the floor surface is completely dry before use as wet floors can be slippery.
- DO NOT use any form of wax or polish as it will remain on the surface of the LVT and cause a slip hazard.
The above tips are great for ongoing care to keep your floor clean. However, Malmo LVT flooring is ultimately not scratch or damage proof, which means it’s a good idea to take extra precautions to protect your floor.
- Use floor protector pads under the feet of all furniture to minimize scratching or damaging the floor surface. Ensure these are regularly cleaned and maintained and replace them when necessary.
- Use workstation mats at desks and tables to avoid premature wear from chair castors or chair feet.
- Use mats at any places where footfall is highly repetitive such as at kitchen sinks to avoid uneven wear patches forming over time.
- Ensure the bottom edges of any doors do not continually make contact with the floor surface when opened. This could cause excessive and premature wear.
- Use mats at doorway entrances to minimize dirt and grit being carried onto the floor which can then result in scratches appearing. Regularly clean these and replace when necessary.
- Avoid exposure to direct sunlight for prolonged periods, particularly immediately behind glass doors. Sunlight can heat up the vinyl flooring and excessive warmth could distort the tiles and damage the floor. During peak sunlight hours use blinds or curtains to minimise direct sunlight on the floor surface.
Cleaning & maintaining your new Malmo vinyl flooring is priority number one following a successful installation. The more you keep on top of the cleaning the better your Malmo flooring will look and the longer it will last.