At Tech Flooring, we are experts in all things laminate flooring. Not only do we stock, distribute and install the best quality laminate flooring, but we also know how to maintain it to ensure it keeps its stunning look for years to come.
The best quality laminate flooring not only looks great, but it is incredibly durable and relatively easy to maintain. It is often used in rooms that experience high levels of traffic, as well as potential spills and dirt. Hence, it is important to ensure that when you clean it, you are doing the job right!
At Tech Flooring, we are dedicated to making sure you love your floor. Therefore, we have written this guide on the Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to cleaning laminate floors.
Don’t Let Stains Remain
One of the most important things to remember is that liquids can damage even the best quality laminate flooring. So, it’s critical to minimize exposure to them. This means tackling spills as they happen – don’t wait until the liquid has dried and become a harder-to-remove stain.
In addition to wiping up spills immediately, it’s also important to sweep or vacuum your floors regularly. This will help keep dirt and dust from building up and causing scratches or other damage. By tackling spills and dirt as soon as possible, you reduce the likelihood of them permanently staining your beautiful floor.
Don’t Use Abrasive Equipment
Even the best quality laminate flooring can scratch, so steer clear of anything abrasive such as steel wool. You’ll want to use a soft-bristle broom or dust mop to sweep up debris. Additionally, if you are vacuuming, try to avoid using attachments with sharp bristles or rotating brushes.
The important thing to remember is that dirt and spills can be removed easily from laminate flooring. So, be sure to use soft bristles, or damp mops or materials to clean your floor effectively.
To keep your laminate floors fresh, mop them every two months. Make sure to use a wet mop and a detergent that is not too acidic or strong. Be sure to rinse the floors well afterwards to remove any soap residue.
As durable as it may be, even the best quality laminate flooring requires a little TLC. Like any floor, regular care allows you to retain your floor’s stunning appearance for a long time. Additionally, the more it is cared for, the more durable it remains. As spills and liquids are removed, it prevents the floor from absorbing substances that can create damp or mould which could ruin your floor and require a replacement.
Don’t Use Too Much Water
A large quantity of the best quality laminate flooring is waterproof nowadays. However, it is important not to overdo it with water when cleaning. Too much water can lead to seepage and warping. This can cause the floor to begin to move underfoot, creating ripples and tears in the floor. As a result, you floor becomes more susceptible to damage. Furthermore, too much water can cause staining and fading. This will obviously affect the appearance of your floor as it begins to lose its stunning, authentic look.
When cared for properly, laminate flooring requires less effort than other flooring types. Therefore, we recommend that when cleaning, you stick to a damp mop and dry it off completely when done. This should require minimal effort as stains and spills should wipe away easily. Ensuring you do not use too much water will ensure that your floor remains in excellent condition for years to come.
Avoid Cleaning Products Not Made for Laminate
If you use laminate cleaner, do so sparingly and apply it to the mop or microfiber cloth rather than directly to the floor. This will minimize the amount of moisture that gets on the floor and help reduce the risk of warping or damage.
Oil-based cleaning products that are not designed for laminate can leave stains and streaks that become impossible to remove. Additionally, wax and polishes should be avoided as they create stains as well as slippery surfaces that could cause injury to you. Even the best quality laminate flooring requires suitable cleaning products that are designed to maintain your floor’s stunning appearance.
Try a DIY Cleaning Product
You can make your own floor cleaner right at home. For regular cleaning, just combine a teaspoon of clear, unscented dish soap with hot water. Be sure to rinse well and wring out your mop before starting your next section.
If your floor has developed a slight film or waxy build up on it, you can instead combine a gallon of hot water with a cup of white vinegar. Pour this mixture into a spray bottle and apply it to your floor. Let it sit for about five minutes before scrubbing it in with a brush or mop. Rinse the floor well and wring out your mop before starting your next section. Vinegar is a natural cleaning agent, and is effective and breaking down dirt without impacting the laminate surface.
Be cautious when making your own cleaning agents to not include anything that can stain or fade your laminate floors, because once the damage is done, it is hard to rectify it.
Trim Your Pet’s Nails
Whilst this isn’t a cleaning tip, it is certainly important to retain your floor’s lovely appearance. Whilst the best quality laminate floor is resistant to a lot of scratches, over time, pets with long and sharp nails can cause damage. Even with the best quality laminate flooring, deep scratches are impossible to remove and will begin to affect your floor’s appearance. Therefore, ensuring that your pets’ nails are not too long is a great way to preserve your floor for a long time.
Protect the Floor
Rugs and mats are a great way to protect your floors, particularly in busy areas such as door entrances where people may walk in wearing muddy footwear. Place a mat or rug at all entrances to your home and make sure everyone takes their shoes off before entering. This is a great way to keep mud located in one, manageable location and not staining your laminate floor.
Additionally, rugs under tables and chairs can prevent scratches, as well as collect food crumbs and spills. Whilst these will also need cleaning occasionally, it is far easier to put these in a wash instead of scrub your laminate floor.
At Tech Flooring, we believe that everyone should be proud of their floor. Therefore, aside from stocking, selling and installing the best quality laminate flooring, we are dedicated to educating people in how to care for their floor. If you would like to learn more about what we offer, or chat with one of our team, contact us today on 02081 507213 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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