Care And Cleaning Tips: Laminate Flooring

ProSource | 3/12/2016 | Product Information

Laminate Floor Care

Care of laminate flooring is relatively easy.  It brings the beauty of a natural wood floor and the easy maintenance of a resilient floor together so you can have the style you want and the carefree maintenance you need. While laminate flooring is remarkably durable, there is of course no such thing as an indestructible flooring material. By observing the following laminate care and maintenance precautions, you can expect years of beauty from your floor.

Remove spills promptly using a soft cloth and cleaning products recommended by the manufacturer. Be sure to keep pet nails trimmed and paws clean and free of dirt and gravel that may scratch your floor.

Place protective pads beneath furniture legs, tables, and other easily movable furniture to reduce scratches. Replace plastic casters on chairs with rubber wheels, and lift rather than slide heavy objects across the floor.

Remove shoes with spiked or damaged heels before walking on the floor. Spiked or stiletto high-heel shoes may cause damage to laminate floors due to the extremely high compressive force they generate. Such footwear can produce dynamic loads in excess of 1,000 pounds per square inch, even when worn by someone of slight or average build.

As added protection, use dirt-trapping walk-off mats at all exterior doors to help keep sand, dirt, and grit off your laminate floor. To help eliminate fine particles of dirt and grit that act like sandpaper and will scratch any floor, vacuum or sweep daily. The vacuum head must be a felt or brush type. Be certain that the wheels of the vacuum are clean and do not damage the finish. Do not use a vacuum with a beater bar head.

Cleaning Tips

For spills or wet areas, immediately wipe with a cloth or sponge and clean with laminate floor cleaner (see manufacturer’s warranty for details). Laminate flooring, like other types of smooth floors, can become slippery when wet. Allow time to dry after cleaning. Do not use soap-based detergents or “mop and shine” products, as these may leave a dull film on your floor. Do not wax or polish your floor. Do not use abrasive cleaners, steel wool or scouring powder that can all scratch your floor. For general cleaning, use a dust mop or wipe occasionally with a damp cotton or cloth mop. If heavier cleaning is needed, an occasional damp mopping with a mild cleaning product is suggested. Do not use soap or detergent-based cleaners, wax-based products, or any type of polish as they leave a dull, filmy residue. Do not flood your floor with water.

Tough Spots

You can remove tough spots like shoe polish, tar and asphalt driveway sealer with a small amount of nail polish remover containing acetone (see manufacturer’s warranty for details). Then, wipe with a damp cloth. For other stains, please call customer relations and technical services for the laminate manufacturer.

Maintenance And Warranties

Please see your manufacturer’s warranty for more information and maintenance guidelines. Performance and /or warranty of flooring can be sacrificed or voided if not installed to manufacturer’s instructions or industry standards. Ask your ProSource Product Specialist for a copy of the warranty.

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