Congoleum floors are very durable and hold up well to the busy activity that happens in your home every day. But they are not “bullet-proof” and can be damaged from abuse. To make sure your floor performs well over its lifetime we want you to follow these simple steps.
Make sure furniture legs have large surface, non-staining floor protectors. Replace small, narrow metal or dome-shaped glides with smooth, flat glides that are in flat contact with the floor. Glides should be equipped with self-adhesive felt pads to avoid scratching the surface of the floor. The pads should be checked periodically for grit and wear and replaced when necessary.
Heavy furniture or appliances that are not moved often should be equipped with flat, non-staining composition furniture casters or cups of appropriate size - available square from 1 1/2" to 2 5/8" and round from 1 3/8" to 1 5/8".
Mobile appliances and furniture should be equipped with easily swiveling casters. They should be at least 2" in diameter with non-staining hard rubber treads at least 3/4" wide. Do not use ball-shaped casters.
Place mats at outside entrances to prevent dirt, grit and soil from being tracked onto your floor. Use 100% latex- backed mats, because some rubber-backed mats or carpets may permanently stain your floor.
To help prevent staining from asphalt tracking, we recommend the use of a latex-based driveway sealer.
Draw drapes and blinds during peak periods of strong sunlight. Resilient floors, like other home furnishing products, may discolor or fade when overexposed to the sun.
Heat-producing appliances such as a refrigerator or range, or hot air registers emitting a direct flow of heat in excess of 120º F, even intermittently, can scorch, burn, discolor or fade your floor. Cigarettes, matches and other very hot objects can also damage your floor.
Avoid wearing stiletto or spiked heels on your floor. These types of heels can indent or damage many types of floors.
DO NOT USE STEAM CLEANERS ON CONGOLEUM FLOORS, they can permanently damage the floor.