Laminate flooring captures the look of solid wood flooring, offering a budget-friendly alternative. It can flawlessly imitate Maple, Oak, Teak, Jatoba or Walnut.
Besides affordability, this artificial flooring solution is also built from multiple layers. These layers together resist moisture, dust and scratching. However, they still need maintenance from your part from time to time.
Taking Care of Laminate Floors
- Just like any other floor, laminate floors require sweeping and mopping. Make sure to do this occasionally to keep it looking its best.
- Avoid using regular brooms. Instead, use a dry dust mop or just vacuum your laminate floors. Although laminate floors are resistant to scraping, accumulation of grits make them susceptible to damage overtime.
- Laminate flooring treatments are not breathable. Excess water spillage will flow in between the gaps of laminate planks and eventually lead to swelling overtime. To prevent this, use a sponge mop and hot water to clean the floor instead of a wet mop. A sponge mop can be squeezed to drain extra liquid making it effective at soaking up spillages.
- While mopping, add in a few drops of mild detergent or baby shampoo. Don’t use strong cleansing agents like adult shampoos or bleach. You can also use cleaners made for laminated planks.
- To avoid the fading of your floor’s colours, cover your windows with draperies to block the entry of ultra-violet rays from the Sun.
- Place doormats at entry ways to limit the entry of outside debris.
- Muddy floors: Make a mixture of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Never use vinegar directly onto an area of laminate floor, as pure vinegar is highly abrasive. Just spray a few times, enough to cover the spot and gently rub the dirt away with a soft cloth. Once it is done, use a dry and clean microfiber so that no vinegar residue is left to fade the brilliance of the flooring.
- Blood or paint stains: Stains caused by blood or paint can be taken care of by using window cleaner, a little bit of detergent and nail polish remover. Be careful about using a coarse cloth because it can bruise the surface.
- Chewing gum: Scrape away gum with a plastic knife, but don’t apply too much force. If there are gum fragments stuck to the floor, gently rub the area with mineral spirits and then with a water-damped cloth.
With just a simple cleaning routine, your laminate flooring will retain its elegant look for a long time.
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