How to Make Laminate Flooring Last Longer
You’ve just installed laminate flooring and you love it for its realistic (and affordable) wooden look. It has its pros (it’s low maintenance) and cons, but every floor needs a bit of effort to keep it looking good and lasting long. Laminate flooring is durable and strong due to its multiple wear layers, but it’s not indestructible. That’s why you need to understand how to clean it routinely, address accidents, and prevent damage.
Follow these tips to keep your laminate flooring immaculate for years to come.
Tips on Caring for Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring can last for years but does require proper care.
Keep It Cool and Dry
Laminate flooring is popular for many reasons, but not its relationship with water. Indeed, moisture can cause it to buck, warp, swell, or grow mildew or mould. Here’s how to keep it cool and dry.
- Immediately wipe up spills.
- Run a dehumidifier or air conditioner on humid days.
- Damp-mop laminate floors, but don’t use enough water to saturate them.
How to Prevent Laminate Floor Damage
Prevention is always better than cure, especially when it comes to laminate flooring. The right product will give your flooring an extra layer of protection to shield it from dents, scratches, and nicks.
- Put a mat at entrances and encourage guests to use it to wipe off their shoes. This will prevent them from trekking in dirt, rainwater, mud, or snow.
- Use felt protectors on your furniture legs to prevent surface damage.
- Keep sharp objects away from your flooring. That means trimming pet nails and not walking on it with pointy heels.
- Don’t expose laminate flooring to sunlight
Cleaning laminate flooring is easy but must be routine. Here are some simple suggestions.
- Sweep twice a week.
- Vacuum once a week using the hard-surface floor setting.
- Use a recommended floor cleaner every other week.
- Use revitalization products periodically to make your floor shine like new.
Repair if Necessary
You can’t sand down or refinish the composite wood layers of laminate flooring the way you can with hardwood. But you can repair it just as easily using certain products and techniques.
- Keep extra planks on hand. In case of serious damage, you can swap one out.
- Use floor fillers for small damage or a wax pencil to conceal minor scratches and imperfections.
Waterproof Your Laminate Flooring
If you have a moisture problem, buy a sealant specific to your laminate floor. Here are a couple of tips to waterproof your laminate flooring.
- One of the easiest ways to waterproof laminate flooring is to fill in any cracks with a silicone caulking gun. This will prevent water from draining into it and causing damage.
- To make sure your laminate floor lasts, apply a top coat of polyurethane to protect the surface from cracks and increase its resistance to water.
- Don’t use anything acidic on your floor, including ammonia and vinegar. These eat away its protective layer.
- Never clean your floors with a soaking wet mop. This can make it buckle or warp.
- If you have a pet, keep their nails trimmed. And no stilettos. They not only cause scratches but also penetrate the top layer which allows moisture to seep in and cause damage.
- Avoid using your vacuum’s beater brush as it can scratch and damage the surface.
- Don’t clean the floor with string or sponge mops. They will not only require more water (which can seep inside) but also leave streaky marks.
- As it’s not real wood, never wax or polish laminate flooring.
- Don’t use strong chemical cleaners, bleach, scouring pads, or steel wool. Your floor will become scratched and discoloured.
Some Special Tips
- Remove greasy fingerprints by wiping them with a damp cloth and then cleaning the area with a dry one.
- Use a soft, slightly damp sponge to clean any marks visible after dusting.
- Avoid using even a mild surface cleaner directly on the surface as it can stain.
Laminate is one of the best choices for homes, if the flooring installation is done properly. It isn’t high maintenance but you need to care for it properly for it to last. Laminate flooring can stay bright and shiny if you clean it as recommended. Still, have questions? Contact the store from where you had it installed.