You need to know the best practices for taking care of your new laminate flooring so you will be better able to keep it in its beautiful, inviting, and valuable original conditions. Also, knowing what is expected of you regarding upkeep can be a determining factor in your purchase choice.
Floors can dull when unattended dirt acts as an abrasive on its surface. This can be avoided by sweeping, dust mopping, and vacuuming regularly to remove loose dirt and grit. Vacuum cleaner attachments are useful to pick up dirt from between planks or along edges. An occasional damp mopping is also suggested. After damp mopping, a clean, dry cloth should be used to wipe your floors thoroughly. Place doormats or walk-off mats at each entryway to collect excessive moisture and dirt.
Spot cleaning and occasional complete cleaning of your laminate floor can be done using the manufacturer’s recommended products. Never use abrasive cleaners, steel wool, or scouring powder. Do not use soap-based detergents or mop-and-shine products. Never flood your floor with water or cleaner. Do not wax or polish your laminate floor.
It is important to lift heavy furniture instead of dragging or pulling it across your new flooring. Glides or floor protectors on the bottom of your furniture will prevent possible scratching or abrasion. Never try to refinish or sand your laminate floor.
For additional care procedures, please refer to the manufacturer’s care and maintenance instructions and recommendations. By understanding and following these basic care guidelines, you can be confident that your laminate flooring will provide you with many years of beauty and lasting performance.