How to Take Care of Laminate Floors
In order to take good care of laminate floors, it helps to know a little bit about laminate flooring.
Laminate flooring is made with wood products, but contains no solid wood. Laminate floors consists of fiberboard with a moisture-resistant layer underneath and an image of wood on top. Similar to hardwood, it’s finished with a hard, clear coating. Laminate is available in a wide range of colors and patterns to simulate numerous species of real wood. With its durability, easy maintenance, and low cost (compared to real hardwood), its become a very popular choice of flooring.
Regular care of laminate floors
Laminate floors are easy to clean and maintain. For regular maintenance, sweep or dry mop to keep the dirt and grit off the floor. This is the best way to avoid scratches from foot traffic. Unlike hardwood floors, if laminate flooring becomes scratched, you won’t be able to sand the scratches. Remember, unlike real wood, laminate flooring’s woodgrain is only as deep as the image of wood.
Note: Put doormats next to all doors leading outside to help catch the dirt from people’s shoes, or ask your family and guest to remove their shoes at the door.
Deeper cleaning of laminate floors
If your laminate flooring has mud or spilled food on them, use a damp rag, or damp mop to remove it. You can take your cleaning to the next level by usinig a homemade laminate floor cleaner, such as vinegar and water. Vinegar is safe to use on non-wood flooring including vinyl, laminate, and tile, but it’s not recommended for hardwood floors. Vinegar is acidic and will eventually dull the surface finish. Pour 1/4 cup vinegar into a 32-ounce spray bottle and fill it with tap water, spray the floor, and mop with a damp mop, spraying the floor as you go. Dry the floor afterward with a soft cotton cloth. If you can’t stand the smell of vinegar, try mixing a few drops of dish soap dissolved in warm water. You don’t have to buy cleaning products made specifically for laminate floors.
Caution: Never leave standing water on laminate flooring. It can enter the seams and warp the laminate or soften the glue.
Tip: Paint can usually be removed with nail polish remover. Wipe it quick.
What not to do with your laminate flooring
Oil Soap products are usually not recommended by laminate flooring manufacturers. Don’t use anything abrasive to clean laminate floors, such as harsh chemicals, cleansers, steel wool or sandpaper. Do not attempt to refinish your laminate floor since you cannot sand laminate. Do not use wax on laminate floors or you can damage them.
Shining laminate floors
Laminate floors will become dull over time. Especially, cheap laminate floors. If you want to make old laminate floors look new, or make cheap laminate floors look expensive, a good quality floor restorer should be your final touch. Pro Shot® Floor Restorers one coat application is easy to apply, and dries in less than an hour. Pro Shot® makes scratch marks less noticeable, and will help protect your floors from spills and black heel marks, and it’s UL-listed for slip resistance. Pro Shot® makes regular maintenance of your laminate floors easier.
One application usually lasts for months, with no yellowing and no wax buildup. Pro Shot® contains no petroleum, a substance suspected of being harmful, which means there’s no smelly fumes or offensive odor. Your laminate floors will look as if they were restored by a professional.
You can easily and inexpensively take care of laminate floors by cleaning them with a damp mop, or with vinegar and water, allowing them to dry, and applying Pro Shot® Floor Restorer. Restore the shine to your laminate floors in less than an hour.