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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

 

Caring For Laminate Flooring

9 Tips for making your laminate flooring last longer


 
It's hard to damage and easy to care for laminate flooring. Here are a few tips for properly maintaining it:

  1. Carefully read the warranty and care instructions provided for your flooring. Follow them as much as you can and refer to them if a problem develops.
     
  2. Ask for post-installation care instructions. You may not be able to mop the floor for 48 hours or you may be given other care instructions, depending on the flooring brand.
     
  3. Don't wet-mop laminate floors, because puddles could seep behind baseboards and under your floor, damaging them. Only vacuum and then damp-mop them.
     
  4. Don't ever apply wax or acrylic floor finishes.
     
  5. Use only the stain-removal products recommended by the flooring manufacturer. Typical suggestions in product literature are: acetone, for cigarette burns and nail-polish spills, and mineral spirits for grease and tar.
     
  6. Buy doormats for doorways that lead to the garage or outdoors. These doormats will trap grit that can gradually cause light scratching on the laminate floor's surface.
     
  7. Put easy-glide protective buttons on the feet of the furniture.
     
  8. Use dollies when moving a large piece of furniture or a heavy appliance across a laminate floor or else you could leave a scratch by getting tiny pebbles caught under a furniture foot or a wheel.
     
  9. Take common-sense precautions to protect your floor when working with sharp or heavy objects. For example, put down a thick tarp or a carpet scrap to protect the laminate floor when installing a ceiling fan and using a drill since you can damage the floor by accidentally dropping it.

Article courtesy of E. Timothy Uy. Laminate flooring enthusiasts unite! Installation, maintenance, selection, e.g., Harmonics, Pergo, Shaw, Mannington - you name it, we are talking about it. Join us at laminateflooring.oncloud8.com.


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