While steam cleaning is a great way to mitigate germs and bacteria, it’s not a good choice for luxury vinyl flooring. This waterproof flooring is porous and cannot stand up to ultra-hot steam.

Read on to learn more. We’ll also tell you the best way to clean.

What is steam cleaning?

These cleaners have an internal boiler that turns super-heated water into steam. The very hot vapor gets into cracks and crevices to kill germs and bacteria and cleans, sanitizes, and dries floors quickly.

Why are they bad for luxury vinyl flooring?

Luxury vinyl flooring has microscopic holes that circulate air. When humid, it expands, buckles, and warps.

Steam cleaning also wreaks havoc on clicking mechanisms and can even void the warranty on your vinyl plank flooring or tile. That’s because many manufacturers now stipulate not to use steam cleaners on luxury vinyl.

The better way to clean

This product is low maintenance. All it takes is regular sweeping and periodic mopping. Be sure to get into corners and under cabinets.

As for mopping, the typical schedule is to clean baths once a week and kitchens every other week. Use a damp, well-rung mop with hot water and a manufacturer-approved cleaner. Avoid waxy, shine-promoting cleaners as they damage the finish and dull the floors.

You can also make an excellent homemade cleaner to use on your luxury vinyl flooring in Beaumont, TX.

Use one tablespoon of white or apple cider vinegar to 16 ounces of water. The vinegar is acidic enough to break up grime but not so much that it will damage floors.

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