It's hard to damage and easy to care for laminate flooring. Here are
a few tips for properly maintaining it:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Don't ever apply wax or acrylic floor finishes.
- 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.
- 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.
- Put easy-glide protective buttons on the feet of the furniture.
- 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.
- 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.
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