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How Best to Maintain Laminate Floors

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laminate wood flooringDo you want to keep your laminate flooring looking good for years? Properly cleaning laminate flooring is important to give your floors the best look possible and maintain them. While laminate floors may appear to be as good as hardwood floors, they do require their own set of cleaning standards.

Hardwood can be refinished, should there be a mishap.  However, laminate surfaces cannot. This is why it is very important to avoid staining or scratching these types of surfaces.  Here we will take a look at things to avoid with laminate floors and what to use to clean them.

First Read the Manual

You first should read the instructions that came with your flooring. Most laminate flooring will have instructions on their care. Based on the materials used, the brand may make specific recommendations. On their websites, most companies provide detailed product guides and instructions on cleaning laminate floors. Take your time to go over that and educate yourself. This is an important step that, for whatever reason, new owners like to skip.

Things to Avoid to Avoid Damage to Your Laminate Flooring

Once you have read the instructions, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind to keep your flooring looking its very best. These are:

  • Keep your pet’s nails trimmed. Maintain your pet’s nails! The nails of your dog or cat can scratch up your laminate floor. Always keep your pet’s nails under control to avoid unnecessary scratches. 
  • Avoid using abrasive sponges or cleaning tools. Anything abrasive on laminate floors will scratch them.  Be gentle, wash the mop often, and don’t use a broom covered in abrasive debris. To sweep up debris, use a dust mop or soft-bristled broom. 
  • Stains-Do does not leave stains on the floor. Spills should be dealt with as they occur, keep in mind that liquids are not good left on laminate flooring for any length of time. It is critical to limit your floor’s exposure to them. Wiping up spills immediately is the best way to avoid stains. 
  • Add foot pads to furniture -Furniture pads under the legs of chairs and tables to avoid future scratches, especially if they are moved frequently. Floor mats and rugs, especially near entrances, will also help to prevent wear and tear.

Things to Use to Clean Laminate

Laminate flooring does require some special attention when cleaning. There are many products on the market that can be used for cleaning, with many marked safe for laminate floors.  However, if you are not sure, you can use a couple of drops of dish soap and some vinegar to clean.  This will leave a streak-free shine to avoid using products that might dull your flooring or add build-up.  Be sure that when you clean your laminate flooring, you are certain that you don’t use too much water.  Water can seep into the seams and cause them to bubble, damaging the flooring altogether.

Always have a welcome mat or rug in front of the incoming doors. This will help trap dirt and debris and keep it from getting onto the floor, where it can scratch and damage the surface of the laminate.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call Dublin Floors and Doors and we will do all we can to help you our.