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  • Why Light Coloured Vinyl Flooring is Perfect for Your Next Property

    November 11th, 2022

    When choosing flooring for a property, you or your client will likely choose light-toned flooring, and with good reason. Light-coloured flooring has remained popular for several decades, despite some arguing that it will constantly need cleaning. The truth is actually the opposite – light-coloured vinyl flooring doesn’t need any more cleaning than other floor colours – and there are lots of benefits to choosing a light-coloured vinyl floor. 

    Durability

    Vinyl flooring is known for being very durable and hardwearing, making it suitable for use in commercial and residential properties. Contrary to popular belief, light flooring is an excellent option for busy homes and offices alike.

    Pro-Tek™ offers light-toned vinyl flooring in a variety of textures like wood or stone, and it is this texture that helps to hide minor imperfections like scuffs or scratches.

    It can even hide pet fur that would otherwise be obvious on carpet or darker-toned flooring. The combination of durability and texture makes it perfect for both commercial properties and busy family homes.

    Saleability

    Choosing the right coloured flooring can add a lot of value to a property. Buyers are more likely to show interest in a property with light-coloured floors that are in good condition, making light vinyl flooring the ideal choice for rental properties that are trying to attract tenants or property developers looking to maximise profit.

    A combination of light vinyl flooring and white walls makes a property feel completely neutral, which makes it easier for a potential buyer or tenant to imagine themselves living there and to physically add their own personality to a property without needing to change the flooring.

    Vinyl is also massively popular with buyers and tenants because it’s known for being very hardwearing – it indicates that a property will be in good condition for a long time to come if properly cared for. 

    Spaciousness

    Many people agree that light-coloured flooring helps a space to feel bigger. Dark vinyl flooring can be used to make a room feel larger too, but it’s easier to do with light flooring. Light-coloured flooring reflects light back into the space rather than absorbing it, which helps the room to feel bright and airy when combined with good lighting and neutral-toned walls.

    This is great for attracting tenants or buyers as it makes the room feel larger.

    Cleaning

    Generally, light vinyl flooring looks cleaner on a day-to-day basis.

     

    Dust, small pieces of dirt, hair or even bread crumbs are all harder to spot on a lighter-coloured floor. This means that, contrary to popular belief, you won’t need to clean the floors every single day. Apply your standard routine like you would a tiled floor or carpet, and your light-coloured floors will look great in between cleaning sessions.

    How to choose light-coloured floors

    Light-coloured vinyl flooring is a great option for any property, be that commercial, rental or in your own home. When choosing a light-coloured floor it’s important to consider a few factors.

    Light vinyl flooring comes in many forms, from tile-effect to wood-effect, so it’s important to choose wisely to ensure you get the best out of your new flooring. Wood-effect vinyl can look great in a kitchen, but ensure you choose something with enough texture to cover everyday messes.

    If you clean any spills quickly, then the vinyl is unlikely to stain, but a sand-coloured tile vinyl might be better suited to the bathroom. A wood grain for the kitchen can hide everyday marks and scraps of dirt between cleaning. 

    Wood grain is a popular choice in a home’s main living area and is great for pet owners. Wood grain light vinyl flooring is less likely to show small scratches and imperfections. It’s also great for families as children may damage the floor or make a mess and are less likely to show scratches.

    For commercial properties, consider what the space will be used for. Much of the logic applied to a home setting can be applied to commercial spaces too. A light tone will make a space feel larger and reflect light, which is especially important in a more creative space like a studio or lecture hall. Choosing a more textured pattern like a wood grain will help to hide everyday wear and tear or mess between cleaning schedules.

    How to care for light-coloured floors

    The cleaning and maintenance of vinyl flooring are important to consider if you want to get the best out of your new flooring. Luckily, vinyl floors are easy to maintain, and light-coloured vinyl doesn’t take any extra work to keep it looking great, although there are a few things to remember.

    Ideally, you should sweep up any mess as soon as possible to avoid scratching the vinyl – this is important if you’ve dropped anything sharp or hard. 

    There are some cleaning products and methods that could damage vinyl flooring. Buffing, using wax or cleaning products containing surfactants can damage the coating of the vinyl. Steam can damage vinyl, so avoid using a steam cleaner or steam mop. 

    In a home situation, there are more things that families and pet owners can do to protect their floors. A full guide is available on the Pro Tek website