Vinyl flooring should cling to a floor in the same way carpet should. It should be flat, uncreased, and fitted tightly to walls, baseboards, and other fixed objects. A lot of vinyl is manufactured to look like tile or wood.
1. Check for Scratches and Scrapes
Most vinyl flooring is very resilient to everyday footfall. But scratches and scrapes can occur when heavy furniture is dragged across the surface. This might happen during installation, or during the course of the floor’s lifetime. A large scratch can allow moisture into the vinyl, causing it to warp over time. While there are vinyl repair specialists around, the cost-effective option is usually a full replacement.
2. Check for Loose Seams
This is one of the most common problems found in vinyl flooring — and it’s usually an issue with either the fitting or atmospheric conditions. Depending on the type of floor underneath, professional fitters might decide to fit a sublayer first. This step, in some cases, makes loose seams far less likely. However, isolated cases can often be rectified with the application of some adhesive.
3. Check for Stains and Discoloration
Vinyl is usually very easy to keep clean, but it’s not immune from stains and discoloration. Substances such as ink and paint are sometimes impossible to remove fully. However, even the thickest of grease stains can be removed with the right cleaning agent. The discoloration is often permanent, though. And it’s usually down to prolonged exposure to natural sunlight.