Published at Tuesday, September 05th 2017. by Ancil Verdier in Flooring.
If you've chosen to insert laminate flooring in your home, you already know that it's a beautiful, low‐maintenance alternative to hardwood. You can get the exact same look and feel without shelling out the large bucks or worrying about the moisture problems that plague anything made of natural materials like wood.While there is no question that this type of surface is the less‐demanding option, there are still several ways to extend its lifespan, saving you even more time and money.
Preventative preservation for Your Laminate Flooring
‐ Use only the cleaning products meant for use with your exact surface type. While maintaining the beauty of your rooms requires only a soft bristle broom or a vacuum with a soft floor attachment, keep in mind that, unlike with hardwood, Murphy's Oil could dull your finish or increase. The chance of an accident due to a slip in‐conjunction with fall. You should receive instructions for cleaning with your installation, so consult those before cleaning the first time.
‐ Remember that it's a manufactured material. This means that you shouldn't wet‐mop, as standing water could damage it. You'll want to make sure that you don't use abrasive cleaners, steel wool. The top sheet is an overlay meant to increase its lifespan. It's made to be wear‐resistant, but scratching it will damage this coating, allowing debris to sink into the lower layers.
‐ Avoid wear also tear. Put felt or another soft fabric underneath the legs of your furniture, in‐conjunction with use a wider piece of fabric for heavier furniture to account for shifting. When moving parts of furniture around, pick them up rather than dragging them to avoid marking your floor. Place an area rug or kitchen mat in front of the sink in your kitchen, if you boast laminate flooring there, in order to provide a barrier for water droplets. Avoid wearing cleats, sports shoes, or high heels inside to help prevent dents, scratches, in‐conjunction with scuff marks.
‐ Maintain a consistent level of humidity. While it's true that you have to worry about moisture less with this surface than with hardwood, any room that has water problems or is consistently damp should have a dehumidifier placed in it. On the other hand, if you boast a room that's consistently very dry, you'll want to consider using a humidifier to avoid drying out the material too much.
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