Maintaining Your Laminate Flooring Guide

Maintaining Your Laminate Floors

  • Use a damp cloth to blot up spills as soon as they happen.
  • Never allow liquids to stand on your floor.
  • For tough spots, use acetone/nail polish remover on a clean white cloth, then wipe the area with a damp cloth to remove any remaining residue.
  • Sweep, dust, or vacuum the floor regularly.
  • Periodically clean the floor with cleaning products made specifically for laminate floor care.
  • Do not wash or wet mop the floor with soap, water, oil-soap detergent, or any other liquid cleaning material.
  • Do not use steel wool, abrasive cleaners, or strong ammoniated or chlorinated type cleaners.
  • Do not use any type of buffing or polishing machine.
  • For spots such as candle wax or chewing gum, harden the spot with ice and then gently scrape with a plastic scraper.

Laminate Floor Protection

  • Entry mats will help collect the dirt, sand, grit, and other substances such as oil, asphalt,or driveway sealer that might otherwise be tracked onto your floor.
  • To prevent slippage of area rugs, use an approved vinyl rug underlayment.
  • Use floor protectors and wide-load bearing leg bases/ rollers to minimize the chance of indentations and scratches from heavy objects. As a rule, the heavier the object, the wider the floor protector.
  • Maintain a normal indoor relative humidity.
  • Heating season (Dry): A humidifier is recommended to prevent excess shrinkage due to low humidity levels. Wood stove and electric heat tend to create very dry conditions.
  • Non-Heating Season (Wet): An air conditioner, dehumidifier, or periodically turning on your heating will help to maintain humidity levels during summer months.
  • Avoid excessive exposure to water.
  • Keep your pet's nails trimmed to prevent them from scratching your floor.
  • Never try to slide heavy objects across the floor.
  • Do not use any type of buffing or polishing machine.

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