1. RESILIENT / VINYL
Additionally, it comes in so many colors, textures, and patterns that you will definitely find your look. The rotogravure process (a fancy term for the method of engraving an image) that is used to create resilient flooring can imitate wood grain, tile and even marble.
Since resilient vinyl flooring comes in sheets, planks and tiles (VCT or Vinyl Composition Tiles), there’s lots of room for self-expression. An artistic installer can use contrasting sheet vinyl to create large patterns. The tiles can be arranged any way you want them. Think checkerboard, stripes and dizzying diagonals. And planks that look just like wood flooring.
Resilient vinyl floors are a little like carpet — flexible and soft to walk on. What's more, like carpet, it can go on a subfloor that isn’t perfectly level.
All vinyl floors are resilient. They have that cushy “give” that feels so good underfoot. However, not all resilient floors are vinyl. There are some specialty products available in cork and rubber that offer the same flexibility — or resilience — as the vinyl products.
2. SELECTING RES
Vinyl flooring is as versatile as tile, laminate and carpeting. The colors, textures, patterns and designs are calculated to stir your imagination and fit your budget. Today’s vinyl flooring is the great imposter. It can have the look and feel of brick, stone, marble, linoleum or wood. The only limits are in your mind’s eye.Vinyl is the acknowledged workhorse of the flooring world. That’s why we love it for our kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms. It’s practical and durable and very fashionable. It can go anywhere. Imagine it in your living room, dining room and bedrooms. It’s warm and cushiony underfoot and so easy to clean.
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 resilient?
Resilient 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.
Resilient Flooring Care
This flooring requires only basic maintenance. Spills and messes are easily wiped up. Regular sweeping and occasional damp mopping and washing with a manufacturer recommended non-abrasive cleaner will eliminate dust particles.
3. RESILIENT CARE
Keeping the floor clean is not hard, but there are some guidelines to increase the life of your flooring.
Dust, sand and grit particles are the enemy. Sweep or vacuum frequently. Don’t use a vacuum with a beater bar as it may scratch your floor. And don’t use scrub brushes.
When sweeping or vacuuming does not remove the dirt, mop the floor with clean warm water. Rinse the floor thoroughly with fresh water.
If water alone does not clean the surface, use cleaning products recommended by the manufacturer. Most “no-rinse” cleaners will work just fine.
When all else fails, use your head. No — not like that, silly! An ounce or so of liquid detergent or ammonia in a gallon of water will work, but you will need to rinse the floor well.
Do NOT use detergents, abrasive cleaners or "mop and shine" products.
And always toss in an ounce of prevention. Mats or rugs in front of outside doors will help keep the dust and grit from getting to the floor in the first place. Be sure the mats and rugs you buy are for vinyl floors. Some rubber-backed mats may leave stains or marks.
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