Laminate Flooring Care and Maintenance Guide

Laminate Flooring Care and Maintenance Guide

Laminate Flooring Maintenance, Care & Cleaning

If you’re planning to install laminate flooring in your home, this guide will let you know how to care for your investment so it lasts as long as you expect. With proper maintenance and cleaning, you’ll get maximum life from your flooring, and keep it looking its best for many years.

Laminate floors are very easy to care for, but it is essential that you clean them on a regular basis. Their melamine wear layer can be scratched and scuffed by grit and dirt, reducing the shine of the flooring and creating a dull look. The two essentials are sweeping and mopping the floor.

Tools, Equipment and Supplies

For cleaning your laminate floor, you’ll need something to sweep the floor with and a mop. Using a soft broom works well, but if you have allergies, you may want to use a lightweight vacuum with a HEPA filter. NOTE: The vacuum you choose should NOT have a beater bar. The abrasive bars are great for carpet but may harm the surface of the laminate.

Mopping with plain water is the best way to clean laminate flooring. However DO NOT use excess water. The mop should be damp but not very wet. Consider using a towel to dry the floor after you’ve mopped it.

For spot cleaning tougher stains, either use hot water or use the cleaning products recommended by the manufacturer.

Floor mats at each entry door will help collect excess dirt and dust. However, don’t use rubber-backed mats because they can trap moisture against the floor.

Taking Care of Problems

For maintenance, the same tools used for laminate installation will come in handy if you need to replace a damaged plank. These include a pull bar for working in tight spots, a tapping bar to secure a piece to the one next to it, a circular saw or table saw for cutting pieces lengthwise, a miter saw for cutting pieces to length and a jigsaw for trimming to go around floor vents or door jambs.

See the laminate floor installation guide for instructions on how to get to a damaged piece, replace it and put the floor back together. It is not a complicated procedure, but it can be a bit time-consuming. Hiring home flooring pros to do repairs is an option busy homeowners often choose.

Laminate flooring cannot be refinished. It is designed to last 15-30 years, possibly longer for top of the line products with a thick melamine wear surface. When the surface gets quite worn and dull, you’ll need to consider replacing it. If you plan to live in your current home for a long time, consider using laminate with a wear layer of at least 10mm, though 12mm or 15mm is even better.

Laminate Flooring Maintenance and Care FAQs

Here are the most common questions asked regarding care and maintenance of laminate flooring.

Q: What cleaning products SHOULD NOT be used on laminate?

A: Never use abrasive products such as a scouring pad, steel wool or abrasive liquid cleaners they will mar the surface and make it dull.

Q: What about “mop and shine” products?

A: DO NOT use them. They won’t hurt the surface, but they’ll actually dull the finish. They aren’t designed for laminate.

Q: How can you reduce scratches to the flooring surface?

A: Put cushioning pads on all furniture legs including kitchen chairs. Next, lift and move furniture rather than sliding it across the surface. If the piece is very heavy, use carpet pieces with the nap down under each leg if you must drag it.


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