Thursday, June 14th 2012
So you invested in a laminate floor? Good for you. These floors have a long lifespan, and if treated with respect, they can last even longer!
Unlike hardwood floors, which are subject to staining, fading in sunlight, and easily scratching and denting, laminate floors offer the look of hardwood or stone flooring without the expense and required maintenance.
To keep your laminate floor in perfect condition, follow these simple guidelines:
• Avoid letting dust, dirt and moisture accumulate. Place area rugs or doormats at entrances to help trap loose dirt and debris. Vacuuming or sweeping is usually sufficient to keep a laminate floor clean.
• Laminate's stain- and moisture-resistant surface makes spills and other messes easy to handle. Most spills will wipe up easily with a clean, white cloth. If not, dampen a rag with water and spot clean, or clean the area by damp mopping. Don't use a wet mop.
• Laminate doesn't require waxes or varnishes to keep it looking great. Never use wax, soap or detergents, which could leave a residue.
• Don't use wood polish on your laminate floor. It can create a dull finish and slick walking surface.
• Don't use abrasive cleaners, steel wool or scouring powder, as these may scratch your floor.
• Use chairs with soft casters and place felt pads under the feet of heavy furniture.
• Note that each manufacturer provides specific instructions on how to properly care for its laminate flooring. Check information provided on the product, or consult the manufacturer's website.