Bathroom floorings are prone to damage from constant exposure to moisture that leads to dampness and mould. Suitable flooring materials for bathrooms are limited as luxury flooring like hardwood will rapidly get damaged in such a humid environment. Ceramic tiles, stone and vinyl have always been a popular choice since they are water resistant. However, stone and ceramic tiles can be slippery and accident-prone which is a major drawback. Vinyl options today have really advanced designs, finishes and grades in the form of vinyl sheets and tiles.
This blog post discusses the pros and cons of using vinyl for bathroom flooring and also tips to maintain it so that it lasts longer.
- Vinyl is an affordable option for bathrooms when compared with other materials.
- Such flooring is easy to clean and maintain, with excellent water resistance if it is correctly treated and processed.
- It is a perfect substitute for stone, wood and even tiles as it has all the positive qualities of these materials.
- Vinyl is softer and warmer than stone and tile which makes it more comfortable to stand on for a longer time.
- Sweeping and mopping occasionally is more than enough to keep the vinyl flooring clean and dry.
- Some variants come with anti-fungal and an anti-bacterial coating which reduce the chance of fungus and mould in the bathroom.
- They are available in various texture and styles which almost exactly mimics hardwood or tiles or stones.
- Vinyl is very difficult to repair if it gets damaged by any sharp object.
- Depending on the grade of the vinyl and how far it is exposed to humidity and water spilling in the bathroom, the vinyl can curl or develop bumps over time.
- Vinyl is not a good investment if you are trying to add to the resale value of the house.
Considering all the advantages and disadvantages, if you have made up your mind to choose vinyl for your bathroom flooring, then here are a few tips to maintain it.
- Maintenance Tips
- After installation, remove the debris and dust with a vacuum cleaner or dust mop. Remove the excess dried adhesives and clean the floor with a damp mop and a pH neutral detergent.
- For daily maintenance, sweep and vacuum the floor to remove all dirt thoroughly. Mop the floor occasionally with nylon, microfiber or rayon mop. Spot clean and scrub fixtures and edges with a soft-bristled
- Avoid using silicone-based products for cleaning. Aerosol sprays can also be damaging to the vinyl flooring surface.
- If any surface scratches appear, locate them first and take necessary preventive measures so that they do not expand further.
- Do not use rubber-backed mats for the vinyl flooring as it can leave a permanent mark. Also, avoid using rubber-based slippers inside the bathroom with vinyl flooring.
- Try to keep the bathroom floor surface as dry as possible so that the flooring lasts longer. Bumps can develop due to overexposure to water and steam.
Different grades of vinyl flooring are available based on thickness and underlayment and its longevity depends on the quality of your chosen grade of vinyl and how well it is being maintained. At Amazon Hardwood Center, we have an extensive collection of vinyl flooring that you can explore while shopping for bathroom flooring.