Laminate flooring is wonderful. We’re huge fans of it here at Modish Furnishing, and our customers are too. Opting for a laminate floor in your home comes with a variety of different benefits. We’ve spoken about those advantages before in the blog, so we won’t repeat ourselves here, but today we’re looking at maintaining your new laminate floor.
Cleaning and maintaining your laminate floor may not be as straightforward as you thought: it’s not as simple as wiping it down with a wet mop. Excess amounts of water on laminate flooring can cause the laminate to warp, ruining your lovely new floor. Likewise, using the wrong type of cleaning solution can stain the laminate board.
Neither of these two options is very desirable, especially not when you’ve just invested in what you hoped would be a long-term purchase. This is why it’s so important to take good care of your laminate floor; with just a little TLC, you can add years onto the life of a laminate floor and prevent it from losing its sheen and structure.
We obviously want you to get the most out of your new floor and for you to remain happy with it, even years down the line; so here’s some handy tips on how to keep your laminate floor in tip top condition:
Don’t get it too wet!
This rule isn’t reserved solely for Gremlins, getting your laminate flooring wet can cause it some serious damage. It’s crucial to be very careful when using water to clean your laminate floor, as too much can cause the floor to warp and swell, resulting in a ruin of a floor. So be sparing when using water to clean the floor!
We recommend using a spray bottle and only applying a little on select areas of the floor you intend to mop. If the floor can’t dry by itself after a few minutes then you’re using too much!
Laminate flooring can get stained and sticky but a great way to pre-empt this is by making sure you sweep up on the regular. This removes any excess dirt and so on, and helps to prevent the issue worsening. When sweeping, it’s important that you use a brush with soft bristles, as stiff bristles can damage
Invest in mats
Simple, but effective: buying door mats encourages people to think about the mess they’re dragging into your home. They’ll either wipe their shoes or the sight of a mat will force them to consider taking their shoes off altogether.
Having to take your shoes off in someone’s house is always a bit of an annoyance, but if it keeps your floor nice and clean, who cares!
Get the hoover out!
The humble hoover, or vacuum cleaner to our friends across the pond, is one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century. It has revolutionised cleaning in our homes and has undoubtedly saved countless lives due to the improved hygiene it offers.
Laminate flooring and the hoover go hand in hand. A quick once over with the hoover and your laminate floor will look good as new, with dust and dirt swiftly disposed of. Do be careful though, laminate floors tend to be pretty scratch resistant, but you shouldn’t take that as a given. You don’t want a big scratch down your floor.
Staying away from harmful bleaches and chemicals will make a huge difference when it comes to the maintenance of your laminate floor. It might be tempting to grab for the bleach when you spot a stain, but we’d always recommend other options, damp cloths and a bit of elbow grease will generally get just about anything out.
Warm water will always work better than cold, but you don’t want to be damaging your floor with steaming hot liquid, even if it is just water. Using diluted vinegar in the water is also a great way to avoid using chemicals while getting rid of any stains you’re facing.
For more stubborn stains, get creative: Nail polish? Get the nail polish remover. Blood? Use a touch of window cleaner and a damp cloth.
Probably the most important piece of advice on this list: when you spill, clean it up immediately!
Wiping up the mess straight away means you don’t allow the liquid in the spillage to seep through the cracks or cause any kind of lasting damage to your floor.
Simply get a sponge, dry cloth or paper towel and blot the spill as soon as it happens, then, if you need to, dampen a cloth and give a more thorough wipe to remove any lingering stains.
Following these tips will help to keep your floor in great condition for the duration of its life span, saving you money in the long run. For more advice on laminate floors, you can come down to our showroom, or give us a call on 0141 429 3541, and one of our flooring experts will help guide you through buying and maintaining a new laminate floor.