It’s a word you probably hear all the time. In fact, you probably hear it so often that you might’ve forgotten that you don’t actually know what it means.
What is vinyl? Is it a type of plastic? Fake leather? It’s in your flooring. Your couch. The seats and the dashboard of your car. It’s even in your record collection. How has it crept so universally into our lives without our knowledge? And how do none of us know what it is?
Vinyl – aka polyvinyl chloride – is a commonly used synthetic plastic. Yes, it’s true – vinyl is a type of plastic. Due to its usefulness, toughness, and durability, it’s suitable for a wide range of applications, and is known to be one of the world’s most versatile materials. That’s is probably why you can find it in just about everything around your home and in your car.
Caring for Vinyl
Part of what makes vinyl so popular is that good quality vinyl can really take a beating. Even in the most highly-trafficked areas of your home and your vehicle, it’s generally hardy, durable, and long-lasting.
However, because it’s so versatile, vinyl can be a bit of a pain to take care of – obviously, you don’t maintain a vinyl sofa in the same way you maintain vinyl floorboards! Here are a few common applications for vinyl and some tips for taking care of it.
When it comes to cleaning vinyl flooring, good general practices include 1) avoiding dropping or moving heavy objects and 2) keeping it clean. Sounds obvious, I know, but it’s not always easy!
If you’re moving furniture from one part of the room to another, for example, be cautious to avoid dragging – despite it’s durability, vinyl isn’t immune to scratches and dings! As far as cleanliness goes, we’d suggest vacuuming and mopping once per week, where possible. When mopping, use a vinyl cleaning product additive mixed into the water, which helps effectively clean without leaving soapy film.
Vinyl furniture, such as sofas and chairs, needs semi-regular upkeep in order to stay clean. It’s a good idea to wipe sofas gently with a damp, soapy cloth to remove harmful dust and debris, which can cause scratches or stains if left alone. After that, it’s best to leave it to air dry.
It’s also a good idea to consider what clothes you’re wearing when you sit on it. Are you wearing pants with lots of buttons that might leave scratches? Is your shirt dirty? It sounds silly, but a little extra caution goes a long way.
Car Seats and Interiors
Due to their shape, the nooks and crannies of car seats may occasionally require a more in-depth makeover to get them clean, such as vacuuming, brushing, and soap. When it comes to vinyl elements of the dashboard, the same applies – cleaning gently with water and soap can go a long way in prolonging the quality of your car’s interior.
Vinyl in cars is also susceptible to damage from the sun, which can cause fading, or even cracking. Park your car indoors, if you can – if not, consider using a shade across your windshield.
Need a Hand with Vinyl Repairs?
New Creations specializes in vinyl! We can fix ripped flooring, damaged seats and furniture, and more. Vinyl is everywhere, which means it can get damaged or scratched in many different ways. Our flexible, mobile work allows us to work around your schedule and come to you – no matter how busy you are!
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