Made up of several materials bonded together under high pressure, laminate flooring is attractive, durable, and long-lasting. It is made of a moisture resistant layer of high-density fiberboard that is topped with a high-resolution image of beautiful looking hardwood flooring. Lastly, it is sealed with a solid, clear coating that is made from a special resin meant to protect the laminate flooring.
When you are partial to hardwood floors but desire a more affordable option, laminate flooring is the way to go.
Knowing how to properly care for your laminate flooring is imperative. You want to keep it looking shiny, fresh, and new for as long as possible. In this article, we are going to give you some tips and tricks on exactly how to do so.
Regularly Sweep And Mop
This probably sounds pretty easy as most folks sweep and mop their floors on a consistent basis. However, the laminate floor requires you to be gentle. Choose a broom that has soft bristles. If you can’t find one, a soft cloth can be used, instead. This is a crucial step, especially if you have pets in the home, as their hair tends to stick to laminate flooring.
A lightweight vacuum can also be used as an alternative to a broom. Sometimes, suction is better than sweeping, and more effective.
Once you’ve swept/vacuumed up all of the dust and debris, it’s time to mop. As you mop, be mindful not to go overboard on the water as this can cause water spots and warping. If using a cleanser in the water, it is imperative you choose one that is meant for laminate flooring.
Summary – Keeping your laminate flooring swept and mopped regularly is important for preserving its integrity. Being gentle is key, as to not damage the material.
Quickly Clean Up Spills
It is true, laminate floors are made to be tough. We at Motor City Carpet & Flooring fully stand behind that sentiment. With that being said, if something spills on the floor, it is best to wipe it up, straight away. This doesn’t mean you have to reach for the harshest chemical you can find to take care of the mess, in fact, you shouldn’t do that. It just means you should moisten a cloth with some water and blot the spill up until the area is dry and stain-free.
The reason you don’t want spills drying on your laminate flooring is because while attempting to remove the dried spill, you may wind up scratching your floor.
Now, if you happen to have stubborn grease or paint on the floor, immediately apply some acetone cleanser to a cloth and gently clean the spot away. Stains that don’t seem to lift away easily should be tackled by a professional.
Summary – It’s best to always clean spills quickly and gently with a damp cloth. Tougher stains should be tackled with an acetone cleanser.
Avoid Abrasive Cleansers On Laminate Flooring
Your laminate flooring is coated with a protective resin. It is important to avoid cleaning it with steel wool, scrubber pads, chemical-laden cleansers, and cleaners with a soap base. All of these things can strip away the protective top-coat.
Waxing or polishing your laminate floors is a no-go. These methods will not make your flooring shine but rather strip away the protective resin, and leave your floors looking dull.
Sometimes, cleansers are needed, but they are best applied by a professional. Laminate floor repair paste is OK when fixing small nicks and scratches.
Summary – It is best to avoid using harsh cleaning agents and abrasive materials on laminate flooring as these things break down the protective top-coat.
Don’t Go Overboard On The Water
We want to stress that using water to clean your laminate floors is OK. However, you should not be drenching them. Using too much water can backfire on you due to moisture seeping between the laminate panels. As a result, the underlying wood can warp.
This can easily be avoided by wiping your floors down with a damp mop or cloth and quickly cleaning up any spills. There is no need to dump water onto the floor and then mop.
Summary – Water is an excellent way to clean your laminate floors but to much of it can cause damages to underlying wood. Use a damp mop or cloth, instead.
Deep Clean Your Laminate Floors, Once A Year
Even though you regularly clean your floors, there will still be some amount of film build-up. The best way to get a deep clean for your delicate laminate flooring is by hiring a professional to do it for you. As we mentioned before, there are certain cleansers you should not use on laminate. There are also methods of cleaning laminate floors that only highly trained professionals are privy to. Save yourself the risk of damaging your flooring and hire an expert to perform the annual deep clean job for you.
Summary – Your laminate floors should be deeply cleaned, once a year. However, leave this job to the professionals.
Contact Our Laminate Flooring Specialists For More Floor Care Tips
We, at Motor City Carpet & Flooring, are happy to help you keep your laminate flooring looking fresh and pristine. This type of flooring is tough and built-to-last. However, it must be cared for properly. Our experienced flooring specialists are here to help answer your questions.
In addition to laminate, our store has a variety of flooring products and services to accommodate your needs. It is our pleasure to assist you in finding the perfect flooring for your home, business, or other space. We would love to hear from you! Contact us here or call any one of our three offices located at:
23957 Ryan Road
Warren, MI 48091
ROYAL OAK, MI
28096 Woodward Avenue
Royal Oak, MI 48067
1445 N Rochester Rd.
Rochester, MI 48307