There are so many reasons why laminate flooring is one of the most popular flooring choices amongst homeowners, it’s nearly impossible to pick just one benefit! Since its development since the 1970s, its popularity has only increased. But how exactly do we keep our laminate floors looking so crisp? Here’s a guide to get you thinking…
A good place to start is to make sure you have the right equipment! Most of these you’ll probably already have, but if not here’s a list:
- Special Laminate floor cleaner
- Sweeping brush
- Floor cloth
- Dustpan and brush
- Microfibre mop
- Vacuum cleaner
These are all good things to keep handy if you have laminate floors, however if you’re really wanting to go to town you can purchase an all-purpose clean kit that’s sure to give you the best protection.
Luckily, laminate is naturally water resistant, however excess moisture cam cause damage to your boards which then causes movement. Because of this, we’d recommend cleaning any spills or splashes as soon as possible or wipe dry with a microfibre cloth. With large scale grime or grease, use as little moisture as possible and don’t use a standard mop or chlorinated cleaning products. Remember to make sure that you dry your laminate floor after cleaning, as you need to make sure you do all you can to protect it from moisture that can cause warping and swelling.
With so many things coming into contact with your flooring throughout the day, it’s important to keep anything off your floor as much as you can. While laminate doesn’t tend to harbour any dirt and debris, it’s best to perform a daily sweep or vacuum which will prevent scratches as much as is in your power. Be careful with which vacuum attachment you use however, as some can scratch!
Stains are any homeowner’s worst nightmare, but people often think that as soon as your floor stains that’s it it’s ruined. The good news is that laminate isn’t the case. If the stain has been cause by beverages, start by removing the surrounding dirt.
With scuff marks, make sure you properly wipe the stain with a dry cloth before using your microfibre mop cleaning solution. For oil, ink or makeup you might need to add a touch of acetone to your cloth and dap it.