Laminate Floors Guide

Laminate flooring was once considered to be a form of economy flooring that gives you the look of wood without the higher price tag. It is still considerably less expensive than natural hardwood and engineered hardwood flooring, but the quality of laminate flooring has improved dramatically over the years. This material is low-maintenance, cleaning is a snap, and it is resistant to scratching and fading. The laminate flooring installation process is relatively quick and easy, so the disruption is minimal if you engage us to install a laminate floor in your Chicagoland home.

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.

Is Laminate Flooring the Right Choice for You?

We offer a wide variety of colors and styles for laminate flooring in Schaumburg, Oak Lawn, Orland Park, Joliet, Naperville, Chicago, the greater Chicagoland area, and Northwest Indiana. Schedule an in-home estimate today.

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