Laminate floorings have become an extremely popular floor covering in the last few years. The main reason for this is that it has become remarkably easy to install laminate flooring and it provides a very durable and attractive finish.
Laminate floor systems use an underlay with a floating floor on top. The type of flooring has seen a great deal of technological advancements which have created flooring with a dense fibre core with a great durability in the top coating. The layers of materials which are fused together to create the flooring becomes very hard and simple to fit.
Many types of laminate flooring are protected against stains, spills, burning and scratches. This protection along with some preventative care and maintenance can allow your floor to look great for many years to come.
There are a number of preventative measures which you can introduce to protect new flooring. These include:
Use mats or rugs in front of fireplaces and at room entrances. This will minimize the amount of dirt and debris tracked allowed into the room and onto the flooring.
Fit felt protectors onto the feet of all pieces of furniture. This will reduce the risk of heavier furniture items compromising the surface of the flooring. It can also prevent scratches to the flooring should the furniture shift or be moved.
Use clean chair coasters to prevent scratches and damage to the flooring as chairs are pulled out and pushed in from dining tables.
Regular maintenance is also essential for protecting new laminate floors
The majority of types of laminate flooring are extremely durable and easy to keep clean. Regularly sweep the flooring or use a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment. You may notice more dust and debris on your flooring, but this is simply because there are no carpet fibres present to filter particles of dirt and debris. Regular sweeping will stop these particles from building up.
As part of your regular cleaning routine, you should also mop the laminate flooring. Avoid soaking the floor as this can damage the laminate panels, but rather use a damp mop. There are a number of specialist laminate floor detergents or you can use a little vinegar or ammonia diluted into your water. You should carefully consider what cleaning products you expose your laminate flooring to. Certain types of soap, floor polish or abrasives such as steel wool or scouring powder can cause serious damage to your flooring, so you should check the manufacturer recommendations for your particular brand of flooring. If you are using a new product, be sure to test it in a small and low visibility area to check for compatibility.
Stains are usually not a problem with laminate flooring
If you do spill any type of liquid, be sure to soak it up quickly with kitchen paper and remove any traces with a damp cloth before it has chance to dry. If a spill does go unnoticed and develops into a stain, this can usually be removed with a laminate floor cleaning product and a damp mop. Once again, you should ensure your mop is not wet as the excess water can compromise the integrity of the flooring and cause damage.
If you are interested in learning more about caring for a new laminate floor, or would like guidance as to which laminate floor would be best suited to your home, contact Generations Flooring. We would be delighted to answer any questions or queries you may have and assist you to achieve a beautiful looking laminate floor which is the perfect complement to your décor and home. No Obligation, Free Consultations 905.669.6618.