19 June 2023
How to care for your laminate flooring
Laminate flooring is renowned for being cost effective and durability. Easy to clean and care for; laminate flooring is an increasingly popular choice and it’s easy to see why. But what is the best way to clean it? Does it stain easily? Does it scratch? Here we take a look at how to care for your laminate flooring and ensure it looks new for as long as possible.
Daily Cleaning laminate flooring
Not everyone has the time to clean everyday. Removing debris and cleaning your flooring will ultimately ensure it looks it’s best. We recommend the following:
- Remove debris regularly by sweeping and vacuuming. (once – twice a week)
- Dilute wood daily cleaner into water and then use a lightly damp mop/ cloth to wipe the surface clean. Allow to dry naturally. (once -twice a month)
Following these two simple steps as often as required. This will help to maintain your flooring’s appearance.
Protecting your flooring from everyday wear and tear comes in many forms. Laminate flooring is incredibly hard wearing, however no flooring is 100% scratch proof.
- Apply felt pads or furniture protectors to the feet of any furniture that comes into contact with your flooring.
- Avoid wearing outdoor shoes, while in your home. Sharp fragments and debris can still cause scratches and damage the surface of your flooring.
- Add non rubber backed door mats to all areas that lead to and from outside.
It is advised that you use a cleaning product from the manufacturer of your flooring. This will ensure the correct protection is applied.
Stains and Spills
We all have accidents from time to time. Reaction is key. The faster you attend to spills, the less likely it will stain. Wipe up any spills as quickly as possible, using a paper towel.
Once the spill has been removed, clean your floor using lightly damp mop/ cloth and laminate cleaner.
For stubborn stains, apply acetone to a clean paper towel or rag and wipe your floor, avoiding the joints.
Which ever brand you chose, it is always best to follow the instructions carefully.
If you have an accident which causes damage to your flooring, there are repair kits available to help. These consist of different coloured wax blocks, meaning you can repair the damage by matching the colour of your flooring. The wax is melted using a special knife and applied to fill the damage. Wipe and buff to finish.
To prevent damaging your flooring we suggest you avoid the following:
- Don’t steam clean.
- Don’t soak your flooring wet through.
- Don’t drag furniture across your flooring.
- Don’t use harsh or abrasive chemicals to clean.
Following these top tips will ensure your flooring looks like new for as long as possible.