Firstly vinyl s PVC polyvinyl chloride (Plastic). Ever heard of PVC pipe, you know the white stuff used in irrigation, well that is the granddaddy of vinyl flooring. Also your MasterCard and plastic bottles.
In order to make PVC soft plasticizers are used; are additives that increase the plasticity or fluidity of a material…thanks wiki
In the old days (Yep I’m 55) vinyl flooring had a lot of plasticizers in them which made them a fantastic and flexible product to use.
What has happened now is that vinyls are made of “fillers”. Why? Because in order to go GREEN we need to introduce recyclable materials and make it ECO friendly.
So what’s the problem with that? Simple the vinyl is harder, more brittle, and doesn’t cove up the wall as well, and yep it scratches.
We can still buy those beautiful vinyls which DONT have as much fillers, but manufactures are rushing to get those green ticks, and producing vinyl flooring that is cheaper, and non-one understands why the cheaper vinyls are harder to maintain, and they scratch and mark.
The less PVC in vinyl and the more fillers there are in vinyl flooring, the more likely it is to scratch, especially if it PUR coated.
For some reason manufacturers started to sell the PUR coating as a magic fix for easy maintenance and cleaning. Yes it does, but applying a PUR coating to a cheap vinyl full of fillers, does nothing except make it look shiny.
If it is PUR coated this does not mean it is scratch resistant, and in some cases manufacturers of vinyl flooring especially VCT vinyl composition tiles, still recommend you put a coat of sealer or polish on top.
The manufacturers that tout that the benefit of PUR coatings is that it is polish/sealer-free is not correct. You still have to clean them, and you still would be better off to apply a sealer/polish, and do this regularly.
Really why don’t you all buy vinyls that are homogeneous in construction (made up of a single layer, not multiple layers) and have less fillers and more PVC.
I have a cutting board made out of homogenous vinyl, that I have scoured, chopped, washed, and abused for two years. It is Armstrong Accolade, can’t kill it, why? It is a better class of vinyl;
Simply put, homogeneous, less fillers and hopefully no PUR coatings; albeit some manufacturers are now doing this.
Incidentally what does Stevenson Flooring do?
We basically listened to the cleaners from companies where we have installed vinyl flooring. They have told us that that applying a coat of polish and not relying on a PUR coating is the best.
We apply a good polish to the vinyl to make the floor easier to clean, and we don’t charge for this.