In our last installment we focused on vinyl floor care, and what needs to be done with your newly installed vinyl flooring before a tenant moves in. In this issue, we will talk about vinyl floor maintenance, and what steps need to be taken once a tenant has moved out.
Vinyl Floor Maintenance
As we mentioned in our last post, the majority of care and maintenance is not done by you, but your tenant. Unfortunately we don’t have control over this during their residency. Hopefully the steps you took to educate your tenant went a long way and now you are on to trying to save money during your turn. The best way to save during this process is to salvage the vinyl flooring you installed, if at all possible.
Most likely, you chose fiberglass-backed vinyl, which is relatively tough and very easy to repair. This means it is possible to keep the same flooring through multiple tenants, with precision repair of wear and damage done by the tenant.
Repair or Replace?
The biggest question when you inspect the floors after your tenants moves out is whether you need to repair or replace. Here are 4 things to consider in whether you repair or replace:
1) Small gouges, tears and rips in a homogenous vinyl flooring product are often repairable by a trained flooring technician. This is the case if the rip is contained within a single plank, square, or other design element. The good news is those types of repairs are hard to notice!
2) If the rip, tear or gouge cuts across multiple planks repair may still be possible to repair, but these situations require examination to determine whether you repair or replace.
3) If there are too many rips, tears or gouges in multiple areas of a large run of vinyl, it is better to replace the entire run. This will ensure the integrity of the vinyl flooring itself. Multiple repairs and patches are more noticeable if they are applied in various areas in the same room.
4) Repairs need to be made with a new piece of vinyl flooring cut to fit the damaged area. Because of this, there will always be variations in color of the new vinyl product compared to the older product. This is generally not a problem, especially given the varied nature of most vinyl products, as long as the older product is not too worn, sun-bleached or simply from a different dye lot.
4 More Quick Ways To Decide If It’s Salvageable
Here are 4 things you can do to quickly inspect whether or not you need to replace the vinyl flooring.
1) Does the product appear to have a grey film over it? In some cases vinyl that looks worn out was just never cleaned properly and a good, solid, all-around cleaning can bring it back to life.
2) Check to see if the scratches penetrated the wear layer by running over the area with a bristle brush. Sometimes what looks like a scratch is actually just left over residue from a cleaning product or soil.
3) Let indentations caused by heavy furniture with small feet alone for at least a week before calling for repair. These indentations could possibly iron themselves out due to the structural integrity of the fiberglass backing.
4) Even though it looks like it isn’t salvageable, contact your flooring professional, you may be surprised what can be saved.
We sure hope that these two blogs have helped you find practical ways to care for and maintain your vinyl flooring and ways to determine your needs during your turn period.
If there is any service that the Regal team can be provide for you during this time, please don’t hesitate to fill out our contact form and someone will be in touch with you shortly to see what can be done. You can also call us directly at 714.744.1106 to discuss your vinyl floor maintenance needs. And feel free to visit our floor contracting section to learn more about the vinyl installation services we provide.