Care & Maintenance

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Laminate flooring is manufactured to exacting standards for long life and lasting beauty. Following these simple procedures for its care and maintenance will ensure many years of pride and satisfaction.

Routine Cleaning.

  • Simply dust mop or vacuum with a soft brush or wood-floor accessory to keep your floor clean from dust, dirt or grit.
  • A damp cloth or mop can be used without damage to the laminate panels, but do not use excessive water.  Dry the floor thoroughly with a clean, soft cloth.
  • Blot up spills or water from wet feet or footwear immediately with a clean, dry cloth, sponge, or paper towel.  Do not allow excess liquid to remain on the surface.
  • Do not use soap-based detergents, abrasive cleaners, or combined “clean and shine” products on your laminate floor.
  • Do not use steel wool or other scouring pads that may scratch laminate panels.
  • Do not wax or polish your laminate flooring.
  • Do not steam clean or use chemicals that may damage the flooring surface.

The best thing to use is a “Swiffer” type mop. A dry mop that removes dust and dirt from the floor with minimal moisture. Water is the enemy of all wood floors.

Stubborn Spots.

You can  clean your laminate floor using a damp mop and a homemade cleaning aid made from 3 parts of water and 1 part of vinegar. Then wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Please see below for specific stain removal suggestions:

Juice, Wine, Grease, Chocolate: Dampen a rag with water and a laminate floor cleaner and spot clean.
Cigarette Burns, Asphalt, Shoe Polish, Paint, Ink, Crayon, Dried Foods, Nail Polish: Dampen a rag with rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover and spot clean.
Candle Wax, Chewing Gum: Allow to harden and gently scrape with a plastic scraper

Care and Maintenance

While your laminate flooring is highly resistant to stains and abrasions, it is not indestructible. In order to maximize the durability and beauty of your laminate floor, it is  recommended – following practices as part of your floor’s normal care and maintenance.

  • Place a doormat outside the exterior entrances to collect excess moisture, sand, grit and other potentially damaging substances from being tracked onto your laminate floor.
  • Use only colorfast and non-scratch carpeting or pads on your laminate surface.
  • Avoid sharp or pointed objects with concentrated weight such as high heels on your floor.
  • Use protective felt pads under furniture legs or wide castors under appliances levelers.
  • If using a wheeled dolly to move furniture or appliances on your laminate floor, place a clean sheet of smooth plywood or other protective layer over your laminate surface.
  • Rearrange furniture occasionally for increased indentation resistance
  • Do not treat or seal your laminate floor panels after they are installed.
  • Never sand, lacquer, or refinish your laminate flooring surfaces.

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Matt Dickinson