6 Tips to Test the Vinyl Flooring Quality At Home

What is vinyl flooring?

Vinyl flooring refers to the flooring produced with PVC materials. Specifically, it is produced by taking polyvinyl chloride and its copolymer resin as the main raw material, adding fillers, plasticizers, stabilizers, colorants and other auxiliary materials on sheet continuous substrate through coating process or calendering, extrusion or extrusion process

Other name: PVC flooring, homogeneous & heterogeneous vinyl flooring.

Categories included: Vinyl sheet flooring, vinyl tile, vinyl plank, WPC and SPC.

Today vinyl flooring is very popular in both commercial application and residential application, for its advantages of durable and affordable.

But lots of people may have difficulties in testing the flooring quality. We know that all the vinyl floor will have spec file, but what we don’t know is whether these spec files are true. If we need to test the quality, we will need professional equipments which is not possible for most of the people.

So lots of people may ask this question: how to test the vinyl flooring quality without professional equipments?

Today we will give you 6 tips on how to test the vinyl flooring quality at home.

 It’s an in-depth article that takes 15 minutes to read.

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6 Tips to Test the Vinyl Flooring Quality At Home

1) Smelling

Sniff whether the floor contains smell. The vinyl floor with qualified quality has no smell. And those low-quality floors contain formaldehyde.

Vinyl flooring is made by PVC powder, this is 100% recyclable and eco-friendly flooring, it is formaldehyde free and meets the quality standard of low TVOC. Harmless for human body.

Environmental friendly

2) Dirt

We can scratch the floor surface with dirty soles. After the floor has dirty marks, wipe it with a cleaning cloth. If it cannot be cleaned or not cleaned thoroughly, it indicates that the floor has poor stain resistance. Normally good quality vinyl floor should be no problem to clean these dirt.

Easy to clean and maintain is one of the well recognized advantage of sheet vinyl flooring. It will be either easy to clean by dry cloth, or at least easy to clean with wet towel.

1 vinyl flooring cleaning
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3) Wear Resistance

We can use fingertips, knife tips or other sharp objects to pull and wipe on the floor surface to test the wear resistance of the floor. If the line scratch is not obvious, it indicates that the wear resistance of the floor is poor.

Wear resistant is one of the key standards to judge whether the flooring quality is good or not. And the wear layer thickness is also important, the thicker the wear layer, the better the quality. Good quality vinyl floor is durable, scratch resistant, long lasting.

Vinyl sheet flooring testing

4) Stability

The stability of the floor can be tested by cutting the floor with a knife. If the floor is easily cut, it means that the floor has no glass fiber layer, so the stability of the floor is poor.

Good performance in stability will not help the floor keep stable, but also prolong the life expectancy of the flooring. Think about the sports flooring, then you will understand how important the stability it is.

1 Sports vinyl flooring Heterogeneous sheet

5) Durability

To test the acid and alkaline resistance of the floor, drop alcohol, engine oil and a small amount of hydrochloric acid on the floor surface. After a day, observe whether there is obvious aging on the floor surface. Some indicate that the acid and alkaline resistance of the floor is very poor. So it is not durable.

Durability is one of the biggest selling points of vinyl flooring. Normally it can last 15 to 30 years.

homogeneous commercial vinyl sheet flooring roll pvc flooring

6) Antibacteria

Test the antibacterial property of PVC flooring, put the items easy to mildew, such as bread, on the floor surface, and place the floor in the shade. After about two days, observe whether there are signs of mold growth on the floor surface. If so, it indicates that the floor has no antibacterial property or the antibacterial property is very poor

Antibacteria is very important and make vinyl flooring the hospital grade sheet vinyl flooring. It protects the patients from infection.

patients room vinyl sheet flooring

Home Testing video : Wear Resistance Testing

Below it is a wear resistance testing video. Just give you reference how to test the vinyl flooring at home. This is so easy…


It is always important to buy the quality vinyl flooring. Even though it is impossible for us to test the flooring quality in lab, but with these tips above, we can still have confidence to buy the good quality flooring.

This article is written by Longda Flooring (www.longdaflooring.com), the largest vinyl sheet flooring manufacturer from China. 

Please contact Longda flooring for a free quote on your vinyl flooring needs. We have quick response, efficient communication, quality products, on time delivery, and competitive price.

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