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With the right care, your vinyl floor will retain its original appearance for a long time. The maintenance effort is not high and can be done in a few steps.

What you need is a care product and a mop or another tool.

There are also certain behaviours and measures that help to remove scratches and pressure marks on the vinyl floor. With a desk chair pad you can also protect your vinyl floor from scratches. What you can do to take proper care of your vinyl floor – you can find out here.

Vinyl floor care: Initial care after laying the vinyl floor

After the laying of the vinyl floor it is advisable to carry out a vinyl floor maintenance immediately.

This basic care ensures that the floor covering is sealed so that it is less susceptible to soiling, dirt deposits and scratches.

After you have cleaned the floor of all impurities, carefully cleaned it and it is dry, you can start with the initial care for the vinyl floor.

Apply a care product suitable for vinyl floors in two work steps, between which at least two hours should be allowed.

To do this, spread the care product onto the floor in a wafer-thin layer using a mop or other tool and leave it to work for two hours.

This long exposure time is necessary so that the care product cannot form streaks.

When using vinyl floor care products, please also follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the label. Then repeat this step once again.

The maintenance film acts like a very thin varnish, which lies protectively over the floor covering. Some vinyl floors are already equipped with a special surface protection, so that initial maintenance after installation of the vinyl floor is unnecessary.

In principle, after each basic cleaning, you should also perform the so-called initial care on vinyl floors with surface protection.

In furnished rooms, you can make your work easier by working in several sections and temporarily removing or moving the furniture out of the way.

If large pieces of furniture are not pushed aside, you must expect that later gloss differences will be visible on the surface.

Maintaining vinyl flooring with the machine
Basic cleaning is an important step before the initial care is applied.

Vinyl floor care: basic cleaning to refresh the flooring

Basic cleaning is an important part of vinyl floor maintenance.

It is not only used to remove stubborn impurities. It is also recommended if your vinyl floor has lost its original shine.

For basic cleaning as a maintenance measure, mix all-purpose cleaner and water in the mixing ratio described on the label.

Apply this mixture to the floor with a mop, wiper or other tool and leave to work for about fifteen minutes.

Then remove residues of cleaning and maintenance products from the surface of the vinyl floor with a scrubbing brush with soft bristles and without a cloth.

Then carefully remove the dissolved dirt with a wipe or mop and wipe the floor covering again with clear water and let it dry.

You can shorten this procedure by using a single-disc machine for basic cleaning, which reliably removes residues of cleaning and care products.

For both variants, carry out the initial care described above, as you should apply a new care film after each basic cleaning to protect the vinyl floor. This is also the way to remove differences in gloss.

Vinyl floor care: How to protect your vinyl floor from damage

Vinyl floors are basically insensitive and easy to maintain. Nevertheless, it is pointed stones, dirt particles and pieces of furniture that can damage it.

But with certain measures you can avoid unpleasant scratches. For example, use protective glides or felt glides under tables, chairs and furniture, which allow smooth gliding without scratching or damaging the floor covering and which prevent pressure points in the floor.

Replace hard castors on office chairs with soft ones. Also, equip the entrance area with sisal, coconut or rubber floor mats so that dirt, stones and dust can be wiped off before entering the living area.

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If tiles have become unsightly or have gone out of fashion in colour, the search for alternatives begins when new tiles are not an option.

One way to cover a tiled floor is to use vinyl floors.

But is it at all possible to lay vinyl floor on tiles?

The answer is: It depends, because not every vinyl flooring is suitable for this purpose, and there are also some special features to consider when laying it.

You can find out which vinyl flooring is suitable for laying on tiles and which is not and which special features have to be taken into account here.

Which vinyl floors are suitable for laying on tiles?

There are three different types of vinyl floors, namely solid vinyl, click vinyl and click vinyl with HDF backing, which have different properties and accordingly advantages and disadvantages and which are laid in different ways, so that not every vinyl floor is suitable for laying on tiles.

Vinyl floors on tiles are plastered
The spatula layer on which the vinyl planks are later glued.

Is Vollvinyl suitable for laying on tiles?

Solid vinyl is a 2 to 4 millimetre thick plank, commonly known as PVC strip. This is the original and typical floor covering when talking about a vinyl floor, a design floor made of vinyl or design vinyl. Solid vinyl is laid firmly with the subfloor bonded. For this reason, this floor covering is extremely robust and resistant, so that it can even be used in the commercial sector and in shop fitting.

The advantages and disadvantages

The advantage of solid vinyl is that this floor covering is glued to the tiles and fixed to the substrate.

This gives the vinyl floor stability so that the floor does not bounce when walked on and does not rattle. Instead, it feels safe and solid. Full vinyl is also resistant to water and heat radiation. Together with the levelling layer, the solid vinyl flooring achieves a maximum height between 5 and 8 millimetres, so that doors need to be sanded down only slightly, if at all.

The disadvantage of solid vinyl is that due to the careful gluing to the tiles the laying is more costly and therefore also more cost-intensive compared to the click system.
We recommend this variant to our customers when it comes to gluing vinyl flooring on tiles.

Is Klick-Vinyl suitable for laying on tiles?

Unlike solid vinyl, click vinyl consists of 8 to 12 millimetres thicknesses click elements, similar to click laminate. Due to the click system, click vinyl is cut to size with a vinyl cutter and then laid lose on a foam underlay or a impact sound insulation for vinyl and not glued. If the click vinyl consists of solid vinyl, it is at least insensitive to water.

The benefits

The decisive advantage of Klick-Vinyl is that this vinyl floor can be laid very quickly and with little effort thanks to the click system . That is why do-it-yourselfers can also take on this task. After careful cleaning, the vinyl floor is laid floating on the impact sound insulation, whereby sufficient distance from the wall should be maintained. Once this work is done, the skirting boards are finally attached.

The disadvantages

The disadvantage of Click-Vinyl is that the floor, like laminate, can rattle and rock easily on an uneven surface.

Depending on the quality of the click vinyl, the material can warp due to the fact that it is not firmly fixed to the ground due to high humidity or strong sunlight and very high temperatures.

Moreover, click vinyl reacts much more sensitively to water than the glued version with full vinyl. Overall, Klick-Vinyl achieves a high construction thickness, so that together with the impact sound insulation 12 to 15 millimetres can be achieved. Therefore, it is possible that the floor with the newly installed vinyl floor total may become too high, so that opening the door and other constructions in this room are impaired.

Place click vinyl on tiles only in exceptional cases

Even though vinyl flooring floating on tiles can be laid , we only recommend this variant to our customers in justified exceptional cases.

One of these exceptions is the installation of a vinyl floor on existing tiles with underfloor heating. Most vinyl floors are approved by the manufacturers for underfloor heating, but with the restriction that underfloor heating can be limited to a maximum temperature of 28 degrees Celsius.

Additional values are usually not covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. For the maximum efficiency of underfloor heating, Klick-Vinyl is better suited than full vinyl. However, the thermal permeability can be affected by the impact sound insulation.

Vinyl floor ingess to tiles
Tiles are first sprinkled before the adhesive is applied.

Is Click Vinyl with HDF carrier suitable for laying on tiles?

Click vinyl with HDF backing is the lowest quality level for vinyl floors. Laminate floors are also made of so-called HDF or MDF carriers, which are highly compressed wood fibre boards. Unlike laminate floors, click vinyl floors with HDF backing are covered with an approx. 1 millimetre thin vinyl layer. However, this construction is very sensitive to water and high humidity.

Once this type of vinyl floor has been exposed to water and has become deformed, it no longer assumes its original shape . The distortions remain even after drying. For this reason, it is not recommended to install Click-Vinyl with HDF backing as vinyl flooring on tiles.

Why only professionals should lay your full vinyl on tiles

Vinyl flooring should only be laid on tiles by professionals for various reasons.

First, the substrate must be cleaned carefully. Subsequently, a special primer is applied, which is either a mixture of epoxy resin with quartz sand or PU primer (polyurethane) with quartz sand. A compensating mass is then placed and the substrate is carefully spat and straightened.

Only in this way is it possible to prevent the structure of the tiles or even the joints from being pushed through and becoming visible through the vinyl floor. These preparatory measures are also necessary because the adhesive for the vinyl floor needs an absorbent substrate to provide sufficient hold and long-term adhesion.

Firstly by filling the surface with filler a smooth and stable surface is created, which is sanded after the drying process to level out any unevenness and to create a flawless substrate free of residue. Only then can the full vinyl floor be laid and glued.

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