AHF Properties Maintenance Recommendations for Residential Vinyl Flooring


  • When moving appliances or heavy furniture, lay a plywood panel on your floor and “walk” the item across the panel. This process protects your floor from scuffing and tears. Never slide furniture or appliances directly over your floor.
  • Rolling casters may damage the floor. Therefore, we do not recommend them. If you choose to use rolling casters, the double wheel types are the best option.
  • Place a walk-off mat at outside entrances to reduce the amount of dirt brought into your home. We strongly recommend mats without a latex or rubber backing because these backings may cause permanent discoloration.
  • When using a vacuum cleaner, disengage the beater bar or use the “bare floor” setting to avoid damaging your floor.
  • Highly abrasive scrubbing tools should not be used as they can damage your floor.
  • Do not use detergents, abrasive cleaners or “mop and shine” products. These products may leave a dull film on your floor.
  • Paste wax or solvent-based polishes are not recommended.
  • Use floor protectors on furniture to reduce indentation. The heavier the item, the wider the floor protector needed.

Immediately after installation

  • Maintain a minimum room temperature between 65°F and 85°F for 48 hours before, during and after installation is completed, then maintain temperatures at a minimum of 55° (13°C) Fahrenheit thereafter.


  • Remove any dried adhesive residue with a clean white cloth dampened with low odor mineral spirits, carefully following warnings on container. (Glue down installation)
  • Sweep, dust mop or vacuum thoroughly to remove all loose dust, dirt, grit and debris.
  • Floors installed with adhesive should not be washed for the first five days after installation. Waiting to wash helps prevents excessive moisture from interfering with the adhesive bond and/or seam treatments. All other floors can be damp mopped immediately, using Resilient Floor Cleaner such as Bruce® Multi Surface Cleaner, Armstrong Flooring™ Once ’n Done® Floor Cleaner, or similar product.


  • Sweep, dust mop or vacuum thoroughly to remove all loose dust, dirt, grit and debris. Clean walk off mats frequently.
  • Wash your floor regularly with a Resilient Floor Cleaner concentrate or ready to use Resilient Floor Cleaner with trigger spray such as Bruce® Multi-Surface cleaner, Armstrong Flooring™ Once ’n Done® Floor cleaner, or similar product.
  • Vinyl flooring like other types of smooth floors may become slippery when wet.Allow time for the floor to dry after washing.
  • Immediately wipe up wet areas from spills, foreign substances, or wet feet.


  • For heavy duty cleaning use a Deep Cleaning Floor Stripper as recommended on the bottle, to remove dirt and residues that may be ground into the floor.
  • If the shine on your floor begins to dull, use a resilient low gloss floor finish for low gloss floors. And a resilient high gloss floor finish for medium to high gloss floors.
  • Do not use mop and shine products on your floor. A quality acrylic polish will work best for your flooring.
Updated on February 26, 2024

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