Laminate flooring is designed to simply shrug off daily dirt and should only require minimal effort to maintain. Owing to the protective, non-porous finish, laminate floorboards are hypo-allergenic, preventing micro-organisms from taking hold on the surface of the floor. The patented glueless system fits together seamlessly, not allowing dirt to get caught between the panels. Laminate flooring truly is the 21st Century solution, pairing the look and feel of real wood with the simple and easy maintenance of modern flooring.
How do I clean my laminate floor?
- Vacuum your laminate floors regularly to prevent bigger dirt particles from scratching your floor.
- Invest in a micro-fibre mop, which can be used to sweep up dust and hair. Never use steel wool or scouring pads because they will cause damage to the surface of your floor.
- Remove footprints and other marks by wiping the panels with a well-wrung, barely moist cloth or your micro-fibre mop with some water sprayed onto it. Wipe in a lengthwise direction so as not to cause streaks.
- Rinse your micro-fibre mop when it is visibly dirty (it may be handy to have a couple of replacements on hand). After using, wash your micro-fibre cloth in the washing machine.
- A laminate cleaner can be used should the floor be very dirty. Alternatively, mix a solution of 3 parts vinegar to one part water and add a squeeze of dishwashing liquid in a spray bottle. Spray onto your micro-fibre mop for a streak-free shine.
- Spray the solution, or your specially formulated laminate cleaner, directly onto your micro-fibre mop. Avoid pouring cleaner directly onto the floor as staining could occur.
- Wipe up pooling water, any residual moisture or pet stains immediately.
- You may need to vacuum more regularly if you live in a particularly sandy area, such as near the beach.
How can I protect my laminate flooring?
- Waxes, polishes and oil-based cleaners should not be used on your laminate floor. You should also avoid abrasive detergents and harsh chemicals, or anything else that could disrupt the protective layer of the laminate board which is designed to resist soiling.
- Stubborn stains (such as paint, tar, nail polish, ink, wine, oil, grease, marker pen, and shoe marks) can be removed with an alcohol-based solution such as pure acetone.
- Chocolate, wine, juice and grease can be removed with warm water and vinegar.
- In particularly high-trafficked areas, such as entrances and hallways, use scatter rugs to protect your floor from wear and tear. You can also rearrange rugs and furniture periodically to help your floor age evenly.
- Use felt pads on the bottom of furniture and replace steel castors with smooth soft-wheeled chair castors made of rubber on your office chair.
- Use protective mats at all exterior entrances in order to collect and trap any incoming particulate such as sand or grit.
- Use protective window coverings to block UV rays, which could fade your flooring, and will also work to minimise excessive heat from direct sunlight.
- During wet weather, avoid exposing your flooring to water as much as possible. Rather keep your floor dirt free using a dry micro-fibre mop or vacuum during particularly wet days to avoid the risk of warping the laminate boards.
- Soap can leave a residue and dull your floor. Rather use a special laminate cleaner, or stick to water or the vinegar water solution mentioned above.
- Avoid steam cleaners and any other power cleaners or cleaning machines, as these will damage the surface of your floor and result in warping.
- The wellbeing of the occupants and the preservation of the laminate floor require the maintenance of a healthy climate in the room. The ideal climate is a room temperature of 18-24°C and humidity of between 35-60%
Tips for Preventing Damage
- Use felt protectors under heavy pieces of furniture.
- Do not slide or roll furniture or appliances across your floor. Make sure you protect the surface of your floor with a carpet or old towels when using a trolley to move heavy objects.
- Spiked heels or shoes in need of repair can severely damage your floor. In areas of excessive traffic and wear, make use of runners or area rugs.
- Keep animal nails trimmed, dogs nails can damage the protective layer of your laminate floor and allow water to seep in.