KEEP LAMINATE FLOORS LOOKING NEW
Wood laminate flooring is a hard surface floor which provides versatility, durability and high end style with the look of natural hardwood floors. Laminate flooring is manufactured with a layered construction using numerous layers pressed together, creating a wood-look floor. The lamination process uses heat and high pressure to fuse the materials together, resulting in a solid piece of flooring. With a visual "picture" layer and a matching textured topcoat, laminate flooring mimics the look and feel of solid hardwood flooring.
Help keep your laminate flooring looking its best with these simple tips. It’s important to:
Keeping your laminate floors from dirt and debris:
- Place mats in entryways to wipe off shoes prior to entering the home. This can reduce the amount of dirt and debris brought in to your home.
- Clean up dirt and debris brought in from outside immediately - it can cause scratching!
- Place castors on furniture and appliances to help prevent scratching.
- Only use non-abrasive cleaning tools to help avoid scratching and damage to the top coat finish.
- Perform routine cleaning to keep floors looking shiny and new.
Laminate flooring is designed to be easy to maintain and clean. When cleaning, remember to follow these tips:
- Vacuum your laminate floors using a vacuum cleaner without a beater bar.
- Wipe down your laminate floors with a dry mop.
- Clean with a warm, damp cloth when removing spills.
- Do not oversaturate your laminate floors with water. Lots of water can lead to warping and buckling over time.
- Never wax, polish or use buffing machines on your laminate floors. Using these items can dull your floor’s finish and potentially damage the surface.
- Refer to the guidelines provided by the manufacturer prior to using a steam mop on laminate flooring for best practices. High temperatures are not recommended for laminate flooring.
WHEN A SPILL OR STAIN HAPPENS
Laminate flooring is generally very easy to clean. When an accident or spill occurs with the potential to leave a stain, follow these recommended steps for safer cleaning:
- Remove any liquid or stain causing material immediately to prevent damage to your floors.
- Mop up stubborn stains with a warm, moist cloth and a gentle cleaning product approved for use on laminate flooring.
- Harden sticky substances with ice and gently extract with dull plastic scraper. Do not apply too much pressure during the scraping process, or you could damage the finish.
- Refer to the manufacturer’s suggested steps to treating and removing spots and stains on laminate floor for best cleaning practices.
WHEN LAMINATE FLOORING IS DAMAGED
If laminate flooring is damaged, the planks can be repaired or replaced:
- Repairing damaged laminate flooring is not recommended as a DIY project. A minor repair can quickly turn into a major repair if you are not experienced in laminate flooring repairs.
For your laminate floors to look new again, it’s recommended that you hire a flooring professional to repair minor dents and replace damaged planks using the proper tools and materials.