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Linda Kinnear of Johannesburg writes We installed a new vinyl floor with a herringbone pattern in our living room about a year ago. Now the floor looks dull and lifeless. Is there a specific product on the market that I should use to treat it?

Eva Kaiser, founder of Evalution Flooring, replies Vinyl floors are durable and versatile, easy-to-clean, waterproof and scratch-resistant, making them ideal for families with pets or small children, damp environments in the home such as bathrooms or areas that contend with heavy foot traffic.

There are various reasons why your vinyl flooring might be looking dull; however, it’s likely that the product you’re using to clean them is leaving either a soapy or waxy residue.

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