Spills, stains, scuffs, scratches, and more! We understand that purchasing new laminate is a major investment for the average homeowner and chaos can happen at any time. Luckily, laminate flooring is engineered for an active home life, and you will not need to stress over the activity in your rooms. Laminate flooring looks like real hardwood and stone but has greater moisture protection and reinforced finishes. From preventative steps and regular routines to proper spill and stain treatment, you will love how easy it is to maintain your laminate floors.
Follow these preventative care steps to help reduce the everyday wear and tear that your laminate will face:
- Place mats at all entrances to prevent tracked-in debris from entering the home.
- Use area rugs in your home but avoid rugs with rubber backing that can react chemically with laminate floors, trap air between the rug and floor, and create molding and discoloration.
- Keep pet nails trimmed and brush pets to reduce pet dander.
When knocked-over glasses or plates of food occur, you can easily treat spills or moisture on your laminate:
- Wipe up spills as soon as possible and dry any standing water promptly.
- Use a cloth and water to remove any spots, and a soft nylon brush and pH-neutral laminate cleaner as needed.
- Do not use steam cleaners, harsh brushes, steel wool, or ammonia cleaners.
To prevent wear-and-tear to your laminate surface, it’s extremely important to remove abrasive particles on a regular basis:
- Sweep, dust-mop, or vacuum daily or weekly to remove dirt particles, dust, small food particles, and pet dander.
- Disengage the beater bar on your vacuum cleaner to avoid damaging the laminate surface.
- Check your laminate warranty before purchasing or using a robot vacuum cleaner.
As a part of your long-term laminate care plan, you can deep-clean your laminate floors:
- Make sure your laminate floors are verified for wet mopping beforehand.
- Use the least amount of water necessary when mopping your floors.
- Dry mop afterward to absorb any extra moisture on the laminate floor.