Laminate flooring is a great choice for your home. Combining low maintenance and cost with high functionality and great aesthetics, there’s no wonder that laminate continues to appear in the most popular flooring choices.
Laminate flooring now comes in a range of colours, designs and effects, so it can be a worthwhile addition to any room. However, it is particularly practical in areas such as the kitchen or bathroom that have high traffic and are likely to get wet. An article in The Spruce is a better bathroom flooring solution than hardwood. If you are thinking of installing laminate flooring in your home, what do you need to know about cleaning and maintaining it to give it the longest possible lifespan?
Dust, dirt and loose particles are easy to spot on laminate flooring, but when you are sweeping this mess up, be sure to use the right tools to avoid causing damage. A soft bristle broom or suction-only vacuum (without a beater bar) will help you clean while reducing the risk of causing chips or dents in the flooring. Avoid using too much water when cleaning your floor, and rearrange rugs and furniture regularly so that the floor ages evenly.
If you find yourself having to remove stains, spillages or sticky substances, the technique you use may vary. For example, tough stains like oil or marker pens may need a small amount of acetone-based remover. Sticky substances like tar, wax or chewing gum can be frozen and gently scraped off. In extreme cases when you are unable to shift a particularly stubborn stain or spillage, the beauty of laminate is that one plank can be taken out and replaced without the upheaval of removing the whole floor.
What to avoid
Certain waxes, polish, detergents and cleaning machinery such as steam mops should all be used with caution as they can cause damage in some cases, particularly on grey laminate flooring (http://www.woodfloorwarehouse.co.uk/) and other pale colours.
Excessive water on laminate flooring can also seep into the gaps and cause swelling and distortion of the planks. Even though a small amount of water can be used for cleaning laminate floors, it’s important not to expose the floor to excessive amounts of water.