Taking proper care of your laminate flooring can help ensure a long and healthy life. The better care you give your floor the longer it will perform and stay looking new.
But you want to be sure do not do anything that will harm your floor. There are some precautions to take, and steps to follow in order to ensure your laminate flooring looks as good as new for as long as possible.
Sweeping or vacuuming your floors every day or every few days will help prevent scratches from dirt and debris that builds up on the floor. Laminate floors should be cleaned often to help them stay clean and to prevent damage to them. Vacuum using a soft brush attachment to avoid harming the surface. Without an attachment, it can scratch the laminate flooring.
Water (liquid) is bad for laminate
If water sits on the floors, or you soap your floor when cleaning, the water can penetrate the flooring, ruin the shape, and cause your floor to buckle. Clean your floors with only a damp mop or towel. Once your floors are clean, you should wipe them dry. Liquid can damage the top protective layer of the laminate.
What to clean with:
-Hot water is one of the best ways to clean your floors. If done correctly, it will not be harmful to your floors protective layer. (Do not use an excess amount of water, only a damp, well rung mop).
-Water and Vinegar. A simple homemade solution of a small amount of vinegar into a pot of water can help get off stubborn mud or other stains. Do not use pure vinegar, as it will be too harsh and damage your floors. Be sure to wipe away the solution immediately, only clean your floor in sections to avoid leaving the solution on the floor for any period of time.
-Water and soap. A small amount of gentle soap or baby shampoo can also be a helpful cleaning agent.
Helpful Dos and Don’ts
- Acetone can remove nail polish or pen marks in seconds
- An eraser can remove shoe scuffs
- A small amount of winder cleaner can remove blood or other stubborn stains
- Placing fabric floor protectors on your furniture legs can eliminate the risk of scratching the surface of the floor