Congratulations! You have a brand new Laminate floor!! Yay! Now what? It’s silly to expect any material to get their full years’ of use without proper care. If you have a Laminate floor, keep reading for maintenance tips! It’s easier to maintain than you might think.
Follow routine maintenance guidelines to clean your laminate flooring
*Use a damp cloth to blot up spills as soon as they happen. Never allow liquids to stand on your floor.
*Sweep, dust, or vacuum the floor regularly with the hard floor attachment (not the beater bar) to prevent accumulation of dirt and grit that can scratch or dull the floor finish.
*Do not wash or wet mop the floor with soap, water, oil-soap detergent, or any other liquid cleaning material. This could cause swelling, warping, delamination, and joint-line separation, and void the warranty.
*Do not use steel wool, abrasive cleaners, or strong ammoniated or chlorinated type cleaners.
*Do not use any type of buffing or polishing machine.
*For spots such as candle wax or chewing gum, harden the spot with ice and then gently scrape with a plastic scraper, such as a credit card. Be careful not to scratch the flooring surface. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
*A more frequent dust-mopping or vacuuming schedule may be required in very sandy areas such as a beach or lake home.
Ways to protect your laminate flooring to keep it looking like new!
*To prevent slippage of area rugs, use an approved vinyl rug underlayment.
*Use floor protectors and wide-load bearing leg bases/rollers to minimize the chance of indentations and scratches from heavy objects. As a rule, the heavier the object, the wider the floor protector.
*Maintain a normal indoor relative humidity level between 35% and 65% throughout the year to minimize the natural expansion and contraction of the wood.
*Avoid excessive exposure to water during periods of inclement weather.
*Keep your pets’ nails trimmed to prevent them from scratching your floor.
*Never try to slide heavy objects across the floor.
*A protective mat should be used for furniture or chairs with casters.
Hopefully you found a few of these tips helpful and useful. As always, please contact us or comment below if you have further questions!
~Phillips Tile & Stone Team