Caring for and Maintaining Laminate Flooring—A How To

You’ve done your homework and finally picked out a laminate that matches the walls perfectly. But before all the fun begins, there are a few maintenance items that shouldn’t be forgotten.

Acknowledging Acclimation
Acclimation is a recommended procedure prior to installation of laminate flooring either on the job site or in job site conditions. This will make the process of installation easier and remove concerns of over expansion or under contraction of the flooring. To do this, place unopened boxes in the room where the floor is to be installed for at least 48 hours prior to installation. If this process is skipped, you run the risk of damaging the floor due to heat expansion.

Determining Direction
For optimal results, laminate flooring must be installed parallel to the incoming light from any windows. If lighting is not a concern, install flooring parallel to the longest wall in the room.

Now that the dust has settled, it’s time to go over a few housekeeping items. Some questions that may arise is how to care for your new floor. Here are some FAQ on how to do just that.

Cleaning Laminate
When it comes to keeping your laminate looking spick and span here are a few do’s and don’ts to remember.

Don’t steam clean! This may cause the laminate to swell over time.
Don’t use steel wool or other scouring pads, as this can leaves scratches.
Don’t use soap-based detergents, abrasive cleaners or “clean and shine” products.
Don’t
wax or polish your laminate flooring.
Do
use a dust mop or vacuum with a soft brush or wood floor accessory.
Do use a damp cloth or mop but be careful not to use excessive water.
Do thoroughly dry the floor after every cleaning with a clean, soft cloth.
Do blot up spills or water from wet floor or footwear immediately with a dry cloth.
Do use acetone or nail polish remover sparingly and only on stubborn substances such as tar, asphalt, paint, or oil. Then wipe clean with a damp cloth.

There is no doubt that installation is important but caring and maintaining is essential as well.  For more tips on laminate flooring and home improvement check out some of our other blogs below.