How to Clean and Maintain Laminate Flooring
Affordable and posh-looking without a corresponding price tag, laminate floorings are a premium choice for many homeowners.
So, imagine that you’ve chosen it, your new laminate flooring is complete, and it looks gorgeous and polished.
The next question is – how can you maintain it over the long-run so it stays this way? Although laminate flooring is easier to upkeep and doesn’t get scratched as easily as actual wood, it still needs proper maintenance.
Find out some tips to effectively clean and keep your precious floor pristine.
Avoid Spills or Clean Immediately
Remember this: water is your laminate flooring’s greatest enemy. The best quality laminate floorings will also be prone to ruin from water even they are water resistant. Even a small pool of water can damage your floor or even stain it. When it seeps into your flooring, it can cause swelling and warping to happen.
When this occurs, you need to call in a specialist and spend money to fix it. We don’t want that, do we?
Therefore, once water is split onto the floor, spring into action straightaway and wipe it off so your floor is nice and dry. Bear in mind that while a window cleaner can also be used to clean spills, minimise the use of ammonia because it can wear off the laminate’s protective sealant after many uses.
Clean Your Floor Regularly
Don’t use the traditional wet mopping method when cleaning. Instead, use a damp mop to prevent too much water from getting into the seams of your laminate. The water used must be hot and your mop should be squeezed as dry as possible so no puddles will form.
A steam mop is generally not recommended because even steam produced can get into the seams and warp your floorboards.
After you’ve given your floor a thorough mopping, dry it with a piece of dry cloth or soft squeegee. If it’s only slightly moist, you can let it air dry naturally.
To remove stains, grease or oil collected, you can use a few drops of specialised cleaning agents.
Sweeping, wiping with a dry cloth or vacuuming frequently is also recommended to better maintain your flooring. Good quality laminate flooring is easy to clean, so doing so will be a breeze. Opt for a broom with soft bristles to clean dust and dirt.
Avoid Sharp Objects
Yes, laminates are pretty resistant to scratches, but that doesn’t mean they’re immune to them.
Sharp objects to avoid include your high heels and moving furniture. Ensure that they stay off your floor at all times. Don’t drag furniture across the floor but lift them off instead.
For greater protection, keep the legs of your furniture well-padded so they will not leave a dent over time.
If you’re a pet owner, make sure their claws don’t land there, or make sure you trim them regularly. You don’t want to be on the receiving end of some painful clawing anyway!