Most laminate flooring brands carry a 15 to 25 year warranty against staining, fading, and wearing through the finish to the print layer. As for all flooring, we recommend regular maintenance for years of beauty and service from your flooring investment . Here are a few tips we offer our customers on how to maintain their new laminate floor.
“Swiffer” Regularly – small stones, mud, and gritty dirt tracked in from outside can play havoc on a laminate floor’s finish, so sweep, vacuum or you may find a Swiffer style wet or dry system an easy and excellent choice for this step. To help combat wear, use long bristle welcome mats placed at all outside entrances for people to wipe their feet on before walking on laminate floors.
Damp mop – use a terry cloth head mop or a wet swiffer to remove stubborn grit and dirty spots. Use only the manufacturer’s recommended cleaning products on your laminate floor.
Wipe Spills Immediately – When accidents happen and some liquid gets spilled on your laminate floor, you should use a slightly damp white cloth, or paper towel to immediately clean up and dry the effected area. For more difficult spots, follow the manufacturer’s recommended cleaning procedures.
Never use – polish, wax or try to sand or refinish a laminate floor. All are unnecessary and can damage your laminate floors.
Use the Proper Chair Glides – Narrow wheels and sharp wooden, or metal furniture legs may scratch or dent your new laminate floor. Any furniture that rests directly on top of a laminate floor should have felt protectors or furniture coasters under all its feet. For extremely heavy objects such as a piano, use rubber cups. Protect your new flooring investment by using felt protectors and replace them when worn.
TIPS FOR PREVENTING DAMAGE
Use a humidifier during heating seasons to help reduce wood shrinkage and humidity between 35% and 55%.
Wipe up spills and spots immediately with a gentle cleaner, such as Bona. We also recommend an organic vinegar & water solution. Mix with a few drops of essential oils for a pleasant smell.
Use ice to harden tough substances like wax or chewing gum, and then gently scrape with a plastic scraper or a credit card. Be careful not to scratch the surface and wipe the area clean with a soft, slightly damp cloth.
Invest in high quality floor mats and protective pads on heavy furniture for an extra layer of protection on your hardwood floors. Place floor mats at entrances and exits—they collect and trap corrosive substances that can be tracked in, like dirt, sand, oil, grit, asphalt, or even driveway sealer. Placing mats in high-traffic areas—in front of vanities, kitchen sinks, and stoves—is an effective way to reduce wear.
WHAT TO AVOID
• Avoid walking on your hardwood floors with spiked or damage-heeled shoes.Avoid walking on your hardwood floors with spiked or damage-heeled shoes.
• Resist wet-mop, damp-mop, or cleaning your hardwood with water or other liquids.
• Don’t use oil soaps, liquid or paste wax, or other household products containing lemon, citrus, or tung oil, or silicon to clean floors.Stay away from harsh cleaning aids like steel wool pads, any scouring pads containing metal, or scouring powders.Don’t use 2-in-1 cleaners that contain acrylics or urethane polish to restore gloss.
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