In the world of home improvement, Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) flooring has really taken off lately, and it’s easy to see why. It’s tough, waterproof, looks great, and won’t break the bank. But like anything worth having, LVP needs a bit of care to stay beautiful.

Tons of advice exists about keeping these floors clean—some good, some…well, not so good. The secret weapon is finding the right vacuum. Not all vacuums are built for the job, and using the wrong one could actually scratch your floor. Ouch!

But hey, there’s no need to stress about finding the perfect vacuum. It’s not always about fancy features and top-of-the-line models. 

Let’s unpack what you need to know about vacuuming LVP, bust some myths, and even give you a few vacuum recommendations based on what really works. 

What Makes a Vacuum Great for LVP Floors?

The first thing we want to keep in mind is that LVP is often susceptible to scratches. There are LVP brands that feature scratch-resistant wear layers, but even then, inappropriate care for prolonged periods of time can slowly wear down your wear layer.

So, if there is one thing that should be the main takeaway of this article, it’s to look for vacuums with soft-bristled brush rolls designed for hard floors. These gently agitate dirt without damaging the surface.

One more thing that really comes in handy is the brush roll on/off Feature. This is ideal, as you can turn off the brush roll for thorough debris pickup without the risk of scattering debris across the LVP.

Other than that, you basically want a vacuum with the same basic qualities regardless of the type of surface you are going to clean. Some of the features you should prioritize are:

  • Suction Power: Strong suction is essential for picking up dirt, dust, and pet hair trapped in the grooves of LVP. Avoid overly aggressive suction that might warp planks.
  • Wheels: Soft rubber wheels are best to avoid marring the surface.
  • HEPA Filtration: If you have allergies, a good HEPA filter traps allergens and releases clean air.

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Is It Okay to Use Any Vacum?

Generally speaking, you will likely do just fine with any vacuum you have in your closet. There is only one thing that is really a no-go. Some vacuums have aggressive beater bars with stiff bristles designed to clean carpets deeply. These can easily scratch and damage your LVP flooring.

You can recognize these by looking at the nozzle at the bottom of the vacuum. If it has a rotating brush with bristles, that’s likely a beater bar.

If the bristles on the brush head are stiff and look like they could scratch a plastic surface, that’s a good sign it’s an aggressive beater bar. As long as you keep those away from your vinyl floors, you will do just fine.

There are some more potential dangers that people have reported with vinyl and vacuums, but those are rare and can be attributed to either poor installation or low-quality flooring.

People have reported vacuums lifting vinyl planks with vacuums or scratching them with malfunctioning wheels. Those incidents shouldn’t bother you if installation is done properly or if your wheels are not a total hazard, which is something you would probably notice.

Remember, the wrong vacuum can mar the surface, even if it cleans effectively. Stick with vacuums designed for bare floors to protect your investment.

Best Vacuums for LVP Flooring

You don’t need anything fancy. If you are buying a vacuum cleaner for your LVP flooring, you will do just fine with most basic options.

If you are not willing to spend much, for about $150, you can get Shark Navigator Lift-Away.

This vacuum easily converts from an upright to a canister style for more maneuverability. It has adjustable suction power, allows you to clean LVP floors safely without risking scratches, and includes tools tailored for hard floors, perfect for getting into tricky corners or under furniture.

For those preferring fancier utility tools, for about $550, you can get a Dyson V15 Detect.

This vacuum features no cords, which means excellent maneuverability. It is perfect for navigating around furniture and quickly transitioning between rooms.

It features a laser to illuminate those hard-to-spot dust particles on hard floors, ensuring you don’t miss a spot.

Additionally, it adapts suction power in real time depending on the type of floor and debris encountered.These vacuums are just a place to start looking and to give you something to compare. Your local retailer can have plenty of vacuums perfect for vinyl flooring on sale, so keep an eye out for good deals.

About The Author

Courtney Daily

March 16, 2024

Courtney is a freelance writer who wears many other hats: kindergarten teacher by day, Broadway diva in the shower. She is a transplant Hoosier who originated in New England. When she isn't writing in her spare time, you will find her reading history books, arguing with her latest knitting project, or being beaten by her kids at most games.