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Dicover how to keep your Karndean flooring like new with these cleaning and maintenance tips

Written by: Yarl Christie

Published on: November 09, 2022

How to Clean and Maintain Karndean Flooring

Karndean is undoubtedly one of the most popular brands of luxury vinyl flooring. Renowned for its exceptional designs and superior durability, the company has been creating world-class floors since 1973.

One of the main attractions of Karndean flooring is just how easy they are to maintain. Waterproof and hardwearing, keeping these floors looking and performing like new couldn’t be easier. Due to its waterproof and tough properties, Karndean is a popular floor with pet owners, busy households and business owners. However, it does require maintenance and regular cleaning to ensure it will last you decades.

In this brief guide, you’ll discover everything you need to do to maintain your new Karndean flooring.

Routine Karndean Flooring Maintenance

Although Karndean flooring requires little maintenance, you will still need to carry out a few basic routine cleaning tasks. These include:

  • Sweeping or vacuuming the floor to remove dirt and dust.
  • Using a gentle, non-abrasive cleaner to mop the floor lightly.
  • Adding mats to entrances to trap dirt and debris.

Giving the floor a sweep or a vacuum each day will help to prevent scratches. Karndean floors typically have great scratch resistance built-in, but that doesn’t mean they are indestructible. A quick daily clean will also help to keep the floor hygienic and allergen-free. While LVT won’t trap things like dust or pet hair like carpet does, it will still build up over time if it isn’t removed.

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Once a week you’ll also want to give your Karndean floor a light mop. Make sure you use a gentle, natural cleaner. Alternatively, you could use a Karndean specific cleaner for tougher stains. As a preventative measure, you can use mats in entranceways. These help to trap dirt and debris, preventing you from trailing it over the floor.

Following these few simple routine tasks takes just a few minutes, yet they make a huge difference to the cleanliness and performance of the floor.

How to Give your Karndean LVT an Occasional Refresh

While routine daily tasks will help to keep your Karndean floor generally clean, occasionally you may need to give it a more intensive refresh. Every six months or so, giving the floor a little extra love will help to revitalise and enhance its appearance.

Karndean has its own range of cleaning products you can use to give the floor a deeper clean. Karndean's Remove cleaner helps to eliminate any dirt that has become ingrained in the floor’s surface. It can also be used to remove floor polish and deeper stains.

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After using the Remove solution, it’s time to give your floor a refresh. Karndean Refresh helps to restore the floor’s satin finish while adding further protection against stains and scratches.

Don’t forget to pick up your Karndean specific cleaners when you purchase your new floor through Stories Flooring.

Karndean Flooring Maintenance Tips

To make maintaining your Karndean flooring easier, follow these simple tips:

  • Clean up spills immediately
  • Avoid using bleach and chemical-based cleaners
  • Use furniture pads to protect against dents and scratches
  • Avoid walking over the floor in heels

While Karndean floors are waterproof, that doesn’t mean you should leave spills to soak into the surface. Doing so could result in serious staining, so you should always take care of any spills quickly.

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Under no circumstances should you use a bleach-based cleaner when mopping the floor. This will lead to discolouration and damage over time. Use Karndean-specific cleaners when you can or try out natural cleaning solutions.

Heavy furniture can dent or scratch your new floor, especially if you drag it to a new location. To keep the floor protected, place furniture pads underneath the legs. This will absorb the pressure, preventing dents from forming. It also protects the floor against scratches when the furniture is moved.

Finally, avoid walking over the floor in heels. Not only can they scratch the surface, but like heavy furniture, they can dent it too.

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As you can see, maintaining Karndean flooring is fast and easy. You don’t need to spend hours cleaning it each day. With just a few minutes of work, your new floor will look and perform like new for decades.

About The Author

Yarl Christie

Yarl is the Managing Director of Stories Flooring. started his career in the flooring industry by becoming a floor fitter at the age of 18 (2004). Yarl finally decided to move with the times and set up an online flooring store (Flooring Yorkshire, 2018). He works closely with the business managers and resource team to source new products from wholesalers, which in turn brings down the sale price. This enables Stories Flooring to be one of the leading UK flooring retailers.