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wpc and vinyl floors

How To Clean WPC and VINYL Flooring

WPC Waterproof Flooring, which stands for Wood Plastic Composite, is an engineered, luxury WPC flooring option that enjoys great popularity in most of countries and areas. WPC's core is constructed of recycled wood, pvc powder and limestone for ultimate stability. Angle-Angle (Tap Lock) glue-less locking system. The main benefits of waterproof, offers the look of real wood, easy install and no hassle-free maintenance can go over most subfloors without much preparation. 

Basic Maintenance

  • Use a damp cloth to blot up spills as soon as they happen to prevent stains.

  • Sweep, dust, or vacuum with the hard surface attachment regularly to prevent dirt and debris from accumulating-this can scratch or dull your floor's finish,

  • Damp mop as needed with clean water and nonabrasive floor cleaner

  • Every so often, clean the floor with the product specifically made for vinyl/wpc floors by lightly spraying the product on to a terry cloth or microfiber mop.

What To Avoid

  • Do not vacuum with a beater bar as it may scratch or dent your floor

  • Never use soap, wax, or oil based detergents-they may dull the finish or leave a greasy film making the floors slippery and harder to clean.

  • Do not use abrasive cleaners, steel wool, or strong ammoniated or chlorinated cleaners

  • Do not use steam cleaners or buffing/polishing machines.

Extra Protection

  • Protect your floor against direct sunlight or any intense source of artificial light, over time excessive light may discolor the floor. Block heat & fade-causing UV rays with protective window coverings and rearrange rugs and furniture periodically to help your floor age evenly.

  • Invest in quality floor mats to help trap grit and absorb moisture at entry points. Mats should also be placed in high traffic areas as a way to reduce wear. Protective mats must be used for furniture or chairs with castors.

  • Add non-staining protective pads to all furniture and chair legs for an extra layer of defense against indentations and scratches, replace them once they are worn or dirty. Generally, the heavier the object, the wider the floor protector never slide furniture across the floor

  • Keep your pet's nails trimmed to prevent them from scratching the floor

  • Maintain a normal indoor temperature throughout the year


  • Use alcohol with a clean white cloth for spots requiring a solvent type cleaner that water and cleaning agents can't remove

  • Tough substances can be gently scraped

Materials Required for installation

  • Tape Measures

  • Square ruler

  • Chalk line

  • Utility knives

  • Hand/Seam rollers

  • 100lb rollers

  • Saw

Acceptable Subfloors :  Our Luxury Vinyl Plank and WPC Click products can be installed directly over most existing floor coverings, except for carpet, laminate floating floor systems and cushioned vinyl flooring.

  • Wood subfloor can go over virtually any sound wood underlayment/subfloors.  Always fasten underlayment in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations. For “special needs” glue down applications (steps, ramps, landings, etc.), we recommend subfloors that are APA subfloor grade and warranted by the manufacturer. Any failure of the subfloor or flooring as a result of the subfloor is NOT the responsibility of  Our Product Warranty.

  • Concrete Moisture levels of concrete slabs before, during and after installation must be 8 lbs. per 1000 square feet per 24 hours using an anhydrous calcium chloride test according to ASTM F1869 and pH must be between 5.0 and 9.0; or, if using ASTM F2170 IN-Situ Probes, should be less than 90% RH (relative humidity). In some instances, it may be necessary to adhere the LVP and WPC to “Special needs” areas (steps, ramps, landings, etc.) Refer to the WeShipFloors LVP and WPC Glue Down instructions if adhering is necessary.

  • Radiant Heated Floors Radiant heated floors must be approved by the manufacturer for the use of their product with resilient vinyl flooring applications. The subfloor temperature should not exceed 85°F (29°C) and the system should be turned off 24 hours prior to and after installation.  Storage and Handling: Acclimate the flooring a minimum of 48 hours before installation in the area it is to be installed. Conditions between 65°F and 85°F (18°C and 29°C) are required before, during and after installation. Cartons should be evenly stacked no more than two heights on a flat surface and away from any heating/cooling ducts or direct sunlight.

How To Install WPC and VINYL Click Flooring

Subfloor and Wall/Door Preparation:

  • Fill any low spots in the subfloor greater than 3/16 inch in 10 foot span with a Portland cement leveling compound.

  • Ceramic tile and embossed flooring will require skim coating with a Portland based patch to avoid bottom up telegraphing patterns.

  • Remove any existing floor molding. Removal of wall baseboards is optional as quarter round can be installed to avoid baseboard removal. Undercut door jamb so the 1⁄4 inch expansion space is maintained, allowing the LVP and WPC to slip under doorjamb/case molding.

  • Sweep the subfloor clean. The floor must also be free of all contaminants. Please note warranty exclusions with respect to rolling loads. If you have frequent or heavy rolling conditions, click products can be glued down to help reduce the risk of joint separation from rolling load traffic; how ever our warranty still excludes any problems associated with rolling loads. Inspection of flooring material prior to installation is required. Any defects should be immediately reported to the retail store from which the flooring was purchased before installation. We Ship Floors will not be responsible for labor costs to repair or replace material with defects that were apparent before or noticed at the end of an installation. Start of Installation:

  • Floor must be clean, smooth, flat and dry before installation.

  • Check the tongue and groove to ensure it is free of debris or damage.

  • To achieve maximum appearance, mix planks from two to three cartons from the same production. The advantage of We Ship Floors LVP and WPC Click product is that it allows you to choose your own starting position, direction and can work one plank/tile at a time. Walls are not always straight. Snap a chalk line for your first row to follow. Maintain a 1/4” (1/2 cm) expansion space around all walls. Quarter round or baseboard molding will cover this expansion space.


IMPORTANT: Maintain the 1⁄4 inch space around cabinets, pipes, toilet flanges and any obstacles in the floor.

  • For plank installation, staggering the end joints a minimum of 6 inches is required.

  • For tile installation, staggering the end joints a minimum of 3 inches is required.


Note: Do not install four corners together, as this will not provide a stable installation. Clicking Planks/Tiles Together: To click the end joint of the plank/tile together, click the short side of the plank/tile vertically into the previous one by pressing it by hand and rolling it with a hand roller or seam roller to ensure a fully compressed tight fit.  To click the length joint of the plank/tile together, you can place long joint together, lifting slightly to engage lock. Rotate downward, clicking together for a tight fit. Use a small hand roller or seam roller to press/lock the compression fit end joint. If there are any gaps, we recommend using a small scrap piece of plank/tile with the lock on the edge. Lock groove-to-tongue or tongue-to-groove for this application. Lock the scrap piece to the area requiring tapping, and lightly tap the edge of the material. This will bring the tile edges tight together. Cut the plank/tile by scoring through the top wear layer with a utility knife then snap the plank/tile across the score. Install adjoining rows as you did the first; one piece at a time. Holding the plank/tile at a slight angle, placing it against the profile in the first row. Rotate the plank/tile down to secure the length of the joint assuring there are no gaps along the joint. The adjoining planks/tiles are aligned by sliding the long joint into position, shifting it to properly match the end joint against the previous plank/tile. Repeat until you reach the final row of materials. To install the final row of planks/tiles, you will usually need to cut them. We recommend the following: lay a panel on top of the last row installed. Lay another plank/tile against the edge of the wall. Mark the plank/tile underneath. Cut the plank/tile through the wear layer and snap along the score. Install the last row leaving ample expansion space. Once installation is complete we recommend rolling the floor with a 100lb roller to ensure the flooring is locked in well.

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