Today, laminate flooring is found in homes and offices. This product was invented in 1977 and had continued to gain popularity. It is a flooring product that is fused together using a lamination process. It looks like wood and is made using multi-layer synthetic. The inner core layer has melamine resin plus fiber board and there is a photographic layer under its clear protective layer. It is thus a very attractive product that is easy to maintain. Here are a few tips on how to maintain a laminate floor.
Ease of maintenance of laminate flooring is one of its greatest assets. This is mainly due to its construction and composition and the aluminum oxide wear layer that is extremely hard. In addition, it is easy to install and clean compared to other products. It also gives your floor a beautiful and classic appearance and is hygienic, affordable and durable.
For general daily maintenance, these floors require sweeping, vacuuming or mopping in the traditional way. It is however important to avoid mopping with water or soap as this gradually degrades their appearance. You can instead use the various effective, generic cleaning solutions from various manufacturers. These come in form of cleaning kits accompanied by instructions. Such kits may include spray-on cleaners and terry cloth mops.
These floors are usually scratch, burn, dent, stain and fade resistant. However, it is possible to end up with a dent or scratch that may require repair. Most manufactures have touch up kits to repair smaller dents or scratches. The laminate floor kits may include crayons, pencils, wax, latex putty or acrylic and they are a cost effective way of repairing these types of floors.
Wiping up water or other spills immediately is very important. This is because excess water plus other liquid can damage these floors and also cause warping. In high traffic areas, it would be advisable to use area rugs or carpet runners. However, make sure you use non-skid pads under the carpet runners or area rugs to avoid skidding.
Avoid dragging furniture and other heavy items across these floors as this could damage them. It is better to lift such items instead of dragging. Using furniture pads on the legs and bottoms of furniture is also helpful. In addition, avoid wearing high heels or heavy-soled shoes on such floors as this could also cause damage. It is in fact advisable for people to walk barefoot.
Remove stains as soon as they occur to prevent them from sticking and looking unsightly. These may may include grease, nail polish, ink, heel marks and chewing gum stains among others. If there are pets in the home, trim their nails to avoid scratches and nicks. The floors do not also need waxing of any kind as it could cause a dull build-up.
These tips on how to maintain a laminate floor could help you keep your floors looking their best. This is a durable, classic and beautiful flooring option for those who want the look of hardwood. With proper care and maintenance, you can enjoy your laminate floor for many years.
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