QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Interested in learning what luxury vinyl tile is made of? Or how to clean it properly? Find answers to those questions and more below.

Luxury Vinyl Tile

The first step before cleaning any flooring product is always to refer to your warranty guide or to contact your local Flooring America/Flooring Canada location to ask about cleaning your specific products. Thanks to the overall stain resistance capabilities of luxury vinyl, most spills and stains will wipe up quickly with a clean white cloth. When wiping up stains, turn the cloth frequently to prevent spreading the stain. Make sure to rinse with clean water and allow the area to dry. To prevent your floors from fading or discoloring, make sure you sweep regularly and always keep doormats at each entrance.

Proper maintenance will keep your floors shiny. For heavier cleaning, a manufacturer recommended cleaning solution can be used when mopping.

There are many different types of Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) flooring and as a result the materials they are made from can vary, but generally all LVT is made of layers which typically include a wear layer, an image layer, a core layer, and backing layer. The wear layer is typically made of polyurethane treated plastic or aluminum oxide which creates scratch and UV resistant surface. Below the wear layer is the image and texture layer where the desired look of the floor is printed on a textured surface designed to make it look and feel like the product it is imitating (e.g. wood, stone). Below the image layer is the core layer, which often will dictate the classification of the LVT product. Rigid core & Stone-poly composite (SPC) vinyl products have a hard, dense core that boast great durability but may be harder underfoot and may sound louder underfoot. Wood-poly composite (WPC) vinyl floors and flex-core vinyl floors boast softer, more cushioned cores that feel more comfortable underfoot but may not have the same durability as vinyl floors with harder cores. The backing layer will often be made from cork, fiberglass or foam depending on the application and the subfloor it is being installed over.