This article will be useful for those who have already installed Allure flooring, as well as those that are looking to install it and are wondering how easy it is to maintain and clean. TrafficMaster Allure is an inexpensive and rich looking vinyl floor, and it’s actually easy to clean and take care of if you know how.
First off, if you are just planning to install this floor and haven’t chosen the pattern yet, I assure you that it’s best to go with a multi-color pattern than a solid pattern. Multi-color patterns require less time to care for. And here are the general tips for different products that are good and not so good for Allure.
1. Green Scotch Brite pads – GOOD. These pads are the best and easiest way to clean any scuff marks from vinyl floors, including Allure flooring. There’s an assortment of Scotch Brite pads in different colors and for different purposes, including red, white, and green. The regular green pads work best. All you need to do is scour the mark lightly with the pad and it should be gone. That’s what I use, without any formulas and it works.
2. Allure One Step – GOOD. Allure One Step is Halstead’s own product recommended for Allure. They recommend it for heavy wear that can be experienced overtime. One Step is designed to renew and even protect your floor. It’s an optional product but is used by many people with great success. Unfortunately, it may not be that easy to locate it. You can either ask your HomeDepot rep for a similar low-gloss product or order One Step from Halstead calling them at 877-827-5779.
One step is available in two options – Soft Satin and Rich Gloss. If you buy it directly from Halstead, it’s a quart bottle for $15.99, which is enough to cover 500 square feet.
3. Wax – BAD. If you read the TrafficMaster Allure manual, you will see that it strongly discourages the use of wax on Allure. The reason is that the surface of TrafficMaster Allure is dense and nonporous, and it won’t let the wax penetrate it. Wax products will create a build up of dirt and wax, and may yellow the floor. Also, it can be hard to remove the build up without damaging the product. Wax isn’t needed for Allure, as its nonporous feature provides all the needed protection against staining and wear.
Halstead also recommends and some people swear by using green Scotch Brite pads together with Allure One Step. This can help you get rid of most hard to remove stains.
Tips on Removing Different Types of Stains from Allure Flooring
1. Scuffs marks: rub the mark with a green Scotch Brite pad.
2. Chewing gum, crayon, candle wax, and adhesive: apply ice until the substance becomes brittle and then crumble it off. Use mineral spirits to remove the residue.
3. Caster marks, heel marks, minor cigarette burns, and ink and chemical spots: pour some Allure One Step on the mark and scour with green Scotch Brite pad.
4. Standing water and liquid stains, as well as animal and diaper stains: rub the stain with One Step.
If the damage can’t be repaired using the aforementioned options, you can just replace the plank referring to Allure owner’s manual’s HELPFUL HINT #6. The job is simple. It involves four steps: using a hair dryer to soften the damaged plank’s glue, cutting the plank with a knife along the seam, prying up the damaged plank and replacing it with a spare plank.