May 6, 2013
I was talking with a customer last week and she mentioned that her floors were made out of PVC. I don’t know about you, but I immediately pictured my house with floors lined in white, plastic PVC pipes from my local hardware store. “Isn’t it hard on your feet?” I asked. She laughed and then graciously filled me in on the many merits of PVC flooring.
I thought it must be a new type of flooring, however, PVC stands for Polyvinyl Chloride, which basically means a vinyl floor. I’m simply heady with my new knowledge.
PVC is laid in tiles which make it more customizable to each individual’s home, and therefore very popular. It is touted as being water resistance, durable (up to 30 years), and affordable.
Caring for vinyl flooring is also fairly easy. Routine vacuuming and mopping are about all it takes. Rough-surfaced cleaning tools are not recommended as vinyl surfaces do tend to scratch.
This sounds like a fabulous flooring option. So what are the draw backs? There seems to be just one major drawback, but it’s a doozey! Manufacturing, installing, and disposing of PVC all cause dangerous chemicals to be released, called dioxins. Although this is the first I have personally heard of it, these dioxins seems to be quite harmful, leading to carcinogens being released into the air.
I’m just posting, not opining, so I’ll leave any conclusions up to the buyer. It seems that vinyl is often contrasted to laminate flooring. So stay tuned for the pros and cons of laminate flooring in my next post. Meanwhile I’ve posted some fun pictures of vinyl flooring made to look like tile or wood. Very beautiful.
Julie Rosenfeld serves as an Administrative Assistant for Aaron’s Quality Cleaners, a carpet-cleaning company that services the Fresno and Clovis (CA) areas. She is the author of “Julie’s Corner” and provides information and perspective on topics related to the carpet-cleaning industry.
Aaron’s Quality Cleaners performs carpet cleaning, tile cleaning, aggregate cleaning and upholstery cleaning in Fresno, Clovis, Madera and Sanger California