Do you love your LifeProof flooring but hate the problems it can cause? Are you tired of seeing gaps, buckles, or scratches on your floor? Do you wish you could fix them easily and quickly? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this guide is for you!
In this guide, we’ll show you how to fix the most common LifeProof flooring problems and make your floor shine again. Whether you have vinyl, laminate, carpet, or faux wood flooring, we have the necessary solutions. No matter what type of problem you face, we have the answer. All you need are some basic tools and a little bit of time.
Are you ready to rock your floor? Let’s go!
How to Care for LifeProof Flooring
LifeProof flooring is a type of luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring that is water-resistant and durable, making it a popular choice for homeowners. However, like all floors, it requires proper care and maintenance to keep it looking its best for years. Here’s a guide on how to care for LifeProof flooring:
1. Regular Cleaning
Cleaning your floor regularly is essential to keep it looking good and protect it from damage. You should sweep or vacuum your floor regularly to remove dust and dirt that can scratch your floor. You should also mop your floor occasionally with a damp mop and a gentle cleaner to restore its shine. If you have any spills or stains, you should spot-clean them as soon as possible with a microfiber cloth and a mild detergent. You can follow some suitable tips for your flooring type for special stains, such as food, drinks, oil, ink, or wax. For example, you can freeze wax with an ice cube and scrape it off carefully with a plastic scraper.
2. Deep Cleaning
For more thorough cleaning, especially to remove sticky residues or stains, you can use a solution of apple cider vinegar and water. The acidity helps break down tough grime without leaving a residue. Mix one cup of apple cider vinegar with one gallon of warm water and mop your floor with the solution. Rinse the mop with clean water and dry the floor with a cloth.
- Spill Management
Although LifeProof flooring is water-resistant, wiping up spills promptly is important. This will prevent potential staining and reduce the chance of slips. You can use a paper towel or a cloth to blot the spill and then use a suitable cleaner to remove it.
4. Preventive Measures
Preventive measures can help protect your floor from wear and tear and extend its life. Here are some preventive measures you can take:
- Use entry mats: Place non-rubber-backed mats at entrances to capture dirt, moisture, and debris from shoes. This helps protect the floor from scratches and minimizes the cleaning needed.
- Use furniture pads: Use felt pads or protective caps on furniture legs to prevent scratches when moving or used.
- Avoid heavy loads: While LifeProof flooring is robust, extremely heavy furniture or appliances can cause dents or deformation. Use plywood or hardboard to distribute the weight when moving heavy objects across the floor.
- Avoid rubber: Rubber can sometimes cause a staining or yellowing effect on vinyl floors, so avoid rubber-backed mats or rubber furniture feet.
- Limit sun exposure: Like many flooring types, prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can cause fading or discoloration. Use blinds, curtains, or other window treatments to manage sun exposure, especially during peak sunlight hours.
5. Minor Repairs
If a plank becomes damaged, the beauty of LifeProof and other luxury vinyl plank systems is that you can typically replace the damaged plank without redoing the entire floor. Keep a few spare planks from your initial purchase for this purpose. You can use a utility knife to cut out the damaged plank and then snap in a new one.
6. Avoid Harmful Chemicals
Stay away from harsh cleaning agents or abrasive tools that can damage the wear layer of your floor. The wear layer is the top layer that protects your floor from scratches and stains. Use gentle cleaners, soft cloths, or mops to clean your floor.
7. Regular Inspection
Periodically inspect your floor for wear, damage, or any other issues. Addressing minor problems early can prevent more significant issues down the road. You can also contact the manufacturer or the installer if you have any questions or concerns about your floor.
How to Maintain Lifeproof Flooring
Lifeproof flooring is built to last, but it still needs some care to keep it in top shape. Regular maintenance can improve its appearance, performance, and durability. Here’s how to do it right:
- Use mats or rugs at entrances and high-traffic areas to protect the floor from dirt, grit, and moisture.
- Use felt pads or furniture coasters under furniture legs to prevent dents and scratches.
- Lift or slide furniture with protective sliders instead of dragging them across the floor.
- Trim your pets’ nails to avoid scratches on the floor.
- Use blinds or curtains to block direct sunlight that can fade the floor color.
- Avoid extreme temperatures that can cause the floor to expand or contract.
- Follow the manufacturer’s warranty and installation instructions.
Dos and Don’ts for Lifeproof Flooring
Lifeproof flooring is easy to care for, but it also has some dos and don’ts. Follow this table to keep your floor in good condition and avoid common mistakes. Your floor will thank you!
|Sweep or vacuum regularly to remove dust and dirt||Use abrasive cleaners or tools that can scratch or damage the floor|
|Mop with a damp cloth and a vinyl-safe cleaner||Use steam cleaners or wet mops that can cause warping or peeling|
|Spot clean with a soft cloth and a mild detergent||Use harsh chemicals or solvents that can discolor or stain the floor|
|Wipe up spills as soon as possible||Let liquids sit on the floor for too long|
|Use mats or rugs in areas where water is present, such as bathrooms or kitchens||Use rubber-backed mats or rugs that can trap moisture or leave marks on the floor|
How to Remove Scratches or Scuffs from Lifeproof Flooring
Lifeproof flooring is durable but can still be scratched by furniture, pets, or shoes. Don’t panic. You can fix those scratches with a repair kit or a heat gun. Here’s how:
- Clean the scratched area with a broom or a cloth. This will remove any dust or dirt interfering with the repair process.
- If you have a repair kit, choose the color that matches your floor and fill the scratch with the putty or filler. Use a spatula or a flat tool to smooth it out and let it dry. You can find repair kits suitable for LifeProof flooring at your local hardware store or online.
- If you have a heat gun, wear heat-resistant gloves and warm the scratched area with the gun. Use a soft cloth to buff out the scratch and let it cool. You can also use a hair dryer instead of a heat gun, but it may take longer to heat the area.
- To prevent scratches in the future, use felt pads under furniture, trim your pets’ nails, and keep your shoes clean or off. These simple steps can help you protect your floor from wear and tear.
How to Replace Damaged or Worn-Out Lifeproof Planks
Lifeproof flooring can get damaged by water, wear, or sun. But don’t worry. You can replace a damaged plank with a utility knife or a circular saw. Here’s how:
- Wear gloves and make sure the blade is sharp.
- If you use a utility knife, score a line along the length of the damaged plank. Set the blade depth to the plank thickness using a circular saw and make two cuts.
- Use a putty knife to pry up and remove the plank.
- Use a matching plank from the same batch or rotate one from a less visible area.
- Install the new plank and lock it with the surrounding planks.
Some tips to prevent damage and ensure even wear are:
- Keep some spare planks from the original installation. This will help you match the color and pattern of your floor when replacing a damaged plank.
- Rotate planks from high-traffic to low-traffic areas occasionally. This will help you evenly distribute the wear and tear across your floor and avoid noticeable differences.
- Use blinds or curtains to block direct sunlight. This will help you prevent fading or discoloration of your floor due to UV rays.
How to Prevent Static Electricity Buildup on Lifeproof Flooring
Static electricity can be annoying and even harmful to your LifeProof flooring. It can cause shocks, dust, and damage to your electronics. But don’t worry; there are ways to prevent it and keep your floor safe and comfortable. Here are some tips:
- Use anti-static sprays or wipes on your floor: These products can neutralize the static charge and reduce the shocks. You can find them online or in stores. Follow the product directions for the best results. For example, you can use [this anti-static spray] or [these anti-static wipes] to treat your floor.
- Use a humidifier or a dehumidifier to balance the moisture level in the air: Dry air can increase the static buildup, while too much humidity can damage your floor. Aim for a relative humidity of 40% to 60% for optimal comfort and safety. You can use a hygrometer to measure the humidity level in your room and adjust it accordingly with a humidifier or a dehumidifier.
- Use natural fiber rugs on your floor: Rugs made of cotton, wool, or other natural materials can help reduce static as they don’t hold onto electrical charge as much as synthetic ones. Plus, they can add some style and warmth to your space. You can choose from various natural fiber rugs, such as [this cotton rug] or [this wool rug].
- Avoid wearing synthetic shoes or clothes on your floor: Shoes with rubber or plastic soles or nylon or polyester fabrics can generate more static charge when you walk on the floor. Try wearing leather shoes or cotton clothes instead. You can also use anti-static sprays or dryer sheets on your shoes or clothes to reduce the static.
How to Troubleshoot Common Issues with Lifeproof Flooring
Lifeproof flooring can have some issues, but they are not hard to fix. Here are some common problems and how to solve them:
This happens when the floor warps or lifts due to moisture, heat, or installation errors. You must check and control the moisture levels in the subfloor and the air to fix it. You may need a moisture barrier or a dehumidifier. Reinstall the floor with enough expansion gaps around the edges and under the doors. Avoid direct sunlight or heat sources on the floor.
This happens when the edges of the planks curl up due to adhesive failure or high humidity. Clean the subfloor well before installation and use a good adhesive to fix it. You also need to address the humidity issue in the room by fixing any leaks or using a dehumidifier.
This happens when visible spaces between the planks occur due to contraction or acclimation. To fix it, you must use a humidifier to balance the room’s atmosphere during cold or dry seasons. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for acclimating your floor before installation.
This happens when the planks rise due to pressure or lack of space. To fix it, you must ensure adequate expansion gaps when installing the floor, especially at the walls. You must also ensure that heavy furniture or installations are not restricting the floor’s natural movement.
How long does LifeProof flooring last?
Lifeproof flooring is designed to last for up to 25 years with proper care and maintenance. However, the actual lifespan of LifeProof flooring may vary depending on factors such as traffic, usage, installation quality, environmental conditions, etc.
How do I install LifeProof flooring?
Lifeproof flooring is easy to install with its drop-and-lock system that does not require glue, nails, or grout. You can install LifeProof flooring over most existing floors, such as wood, concrete, tile, etc. However, you should always follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions carefully and consult a professional if you are unsure. For more information on installing LifeProof flooring, you can check out this video or this guide.
How do I remove LifeProof flooring?
Lifeproof flooring is easy to remove with its click-lock system that allows you to lift and separate the planks. You can reuse or recycle LifeProof flooring if it is in good condition. However, you should always follow the manufacturer’s removal instructions carefully and consult a professional if you are unsure. For more information on removing LifeProof flooring, you can check out this video or this guide.
You’ve made it to the end of the Lifeproof flooring guide! Congratulations! You’ve learned how to care for, maintain, and troubleshoot your floor like a pro. You’ve also discovered some tips and tricks to keep your floor looking its best. No matter what life throws at your floor, you’re ready to handle it. Your Lifeproof flooring is more than just a surface, it’s a story. And with this guide, you can make it a happy one. Cheers to beautiful, durable floors!!