Laminate flooring is a common choice for DIYers because it is fairly easy to install and looks great. It should last for decades with the right upkeep and maintenance on your part. Since it seems that a lot of people don’t know about how to properly care for their laminate, I’ve composed three important things you should remember:
#1. Use The Right Cleaner
There are all kinds of floor cleaners out there, but only a small percentage of these are actually rated to be used on laminate flooring. Some of the “industrial strength” products out there are notorious for staining laminate surfaces (no matter if it is hardwood or laminate tiling). Use cleaners that are either designed for use on this style of floor, or that at least is safe to use.
#2. Do Not Wax or Polish
It is a common belief (even I thought as well at one point) that you should coat your laminate floor to protect it. Wax and polishes are among the most common choices, but these can actually do a lot more harm than good. In many cases, even the “laminate polishes” are not good for the life of the material. It can seep into the cracks between the pieces and push them apart.
#3. Clean-Up Spills Immediately
Spills, especially liquids, have to be cleaned up right away. Dirt and grime are not friendly to laminate flooring to begin with, so the sooner you get to spills, the less cleaning products you will have to use. The more that you scrub your floor, the duller it is going to get. Instead, immediately wipe up spills before they have a chance to stain your floors.
These are a few things you should remember to help maintain the look and aesthetic appeal of your laminate flooring. While there are certainly other care tips, these three are very important to remember before you do something that could damage its quality.