Laminate Floor Care Basics

by Lawton Brothers | Nov 19, 2020

 

Laminate can be a great alternative to more expensive flooring options, such as hardwood and tile. The variability in style and price makes it an easy choice for many business owners and homeowners alike. However, without the proper upkeep, the lifetime of your laminate may be shorter than expected. 

Though it may look similar, it is important to note that laminate cannot be treated like its counterparts. While hardwood floors can be refinished in the case of stains or other damage, damage to laminate is permanent. Thankfully, you can avoid pricey replacements with the proper cleaning and maintenance. 

Weekly Maintenance

Most laminate flooring comes with a protective seal to prevent wear and tear. In your daily cleaning routine, be sure to sweep your laminate floors with a soft bristle broom to keep the protective seal from being scratched off. That being said, it is also a good idea to set vacuums to a hard-floor setting, so the rotating brush does not spin and scratch the seal. 

Spaces with more traffic will need more attention. Consider adding a rug or entry mat to protect these areas and keep them looking new. 

Deep Cleaning

As with any other flooring, wipe up any spills as soon as you see them. Laminate is especially sensitive to water and other liquids. The longer it sits, the more likely the floor is to be permanently damaged. When it comes to mopping, using a microfiber mop with a minimum amount of water and/or cleanser is recommended. Be sure to use a cleanser that is specifically labeled for laminate floors. Other products can be too abrasive or cause streaking that can be difficult to remove. 

For a deeper clean, steam cleaning is a viable option. Even still, wipe the floor with a microfiber cloth afterward to ensure that no water or residue is left to dry on the surface. Steam cleaning should only be done once a month at most as consistent steam can cause the laminate to buckle. 

Protection

As mentioned previously, laminate can be scratched easily. Prevent scrapes by adding felt tips to the bottom of chair legs and other furniture that is often moved. If you plan on placing a rug on your laminate floor, place a slip guard underneath to keep the rug in place and avoid scratches. 

We want to ensure your laminate will be a cost-effective and long-lasting option for your floors. If you’re unsure about your current cleaning practices or which products to use, give us a call. At Lawton Brothers, one of our trained professionals will be happy to walk through a free cleaning audit with you and help answer any questions you have. We understand that it can be confusing to traverse the commercial cleaning world, so leave the tough stuff to us. Lawton Brothers has been serving the Central Florida business community for over 67 years, so you can have confidence in our expertise. Give us a call today and see how we can assist you: 800.432.0813.

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