Luxury Vinyl Tile Care

Luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) are becoming more popular. There are many designs and finishes that will bring style and sophistication to the home.

They are robust, practical and easy to keep clean. They offer many finishes from wood, stone and contemporary designs.

They are easy under foot and will last for years. To keep your LVT looking good, we have a comprehensive guide to help.

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LVT is so robust that it will only require a regular brush or mop over with a well wrung mop. It is also possible to vacuum the LVT to remove loose debris.

Although most spillages and easy to clean up, there are times when stains will be stubborn. Never soak the flooring, as liquid can seep under the tiles and cause the adhesive to deteriorate which will cause the tile to lift. Always use a well wrung mop, micro mop or cloth. Stains can usually be removed with a mild detergent and a damp cloth or sponge. If the stain is stubborn, try using a soft bristle brush to remove it. To ensure that no damage is caused to the surface of the tile, use gentle movements. If this does not remove the stain, many cleaners suitable for LVT are available from selected retailers.

Always rinse any cleaning products and dry thoroughly as they may cause a sticky residue and / or discolour the tile. It is recommended that a steam cleaner is not used as the heat could cause the tiles to lift from their foundation.

General Care

LVT is very easy to maintain, if the following practiced are acknowledged.

  • A good quality doormat will prevent abrasive items such as stones and gravel being brought in to the home.
  • Do not allow extreme sunlight as this will cause fading and discolouration to the flooring.
  • Do not dragged furniture across the flooring.
  • Do not use wax or polish the floor.
  • Be aware that not all clearers are suitable for LVT


It is possible to repair LVT. There are different methods, depending on the type of LVT system installed.

If the LVT is a click system, then the tiles will need to be lifted from the last point of installation, working back to the defective tile, meaning that a large part of the floor may need to be lifted.

If it is loose lay flooring, individual tiles can be lifted and replaced. To do this use a blow dryer or heat gun to loosen the tile from the adhesive. This will enable the tile to be lifted from the sub-floor, wipe down the area where the tile has been lifted to prepare the sub-floor for the new tile.

Replace the tile with one similar to the one lifted to continue the pattern, apply the adhesive and fit the new tile. Use a rolling pin or floor roller to ensure the tile is pushed into place and to push out any air bubbles.