Caring for Your Laminate Flooring

July 9, 2010

Since it was first introduced in the US in the early eighties laminate flooring has steadily gained in popularity with homeowners everywhere year by year. Laminate flooring is durable, affordable and incredibly versatile. Whatever look you want for your home, be it rustic stone, soothing ceramic or classic wood like beech, merbau, oak, maple, cherry or walnut, it can likely be had with laminate flooring. One of the things though that does often confuse the proud new owners of a laminate floor is how to clean and care for it properly. Here are a few tips:

Water and Laminate Flooring Don’t Mix – Never use a wet mop on your laminate floor. Things like soap, water, oil-soap detergent, or any other liquid cleaning material can cause warping, swelling and delamination that will not only damage the aesthetic appeal of the floor but may void your warranty as well.

Deal with Spills Quickly – Accidents happen, especially if there are kids and pets in the house. Laminate flooring is tough but to keep it in the best condition possible try to blot up spills as quickly as possible. For tough stains like oil, paint, tar or even lipstick (it happens we’ve seen it) put a small amount of acetone(nail polish remover is fine) onto a clean white cloth, and gently rub the stain away, wiping the area with another damp (not wet)cloth  afterwards to remove all traces of acetone residue.

Use a Laminate Floor Cleaner – Aside from maintaining a regular sweeping or dry mopping schedule the occasional use of a floor cleaner designed especially for laminate flooring can help keep it looking its very best.

Catch the Dirt at the Door – To avoid having people track dirt, oil, grit and other dirty stuff across your laminate floors use good entry mats at each door, you’ll save your floor from being scratched and yourself a lot of cleaning time.

Keep Track of Humidity Levels – Maintain a normal indoor relative humidity level between 35% and 65% throughout the year to minimize the natural expansion and contraction of the wooden portion of your laminate floors. If necessary , in the heating season use a humidifier and in those hot sticky summer months a dehumidifier or air conditioner should keep the humidity levels in the right range.

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