20.11.19 Advice

How to Maintain Laminate Flooring

Written by: Yarl Christie

Laminate floors have a lot of great benefits, and easy maintenance is one of them. Provided you look after the floor, it is sure to look and perform like new for many years to come. 

Their easy maintenance is partially what makes laminate floors so popular with modern households and businesses. So, how do you maintain laminate flooring to ensure it lasts as long as possible? Here, you’ll discover everything you need to know to keep your laminate floor in pristine condition.

The best way to maintain laminate flooring is to prevent dirt and damage in the first place. There are several ways you can do this including:

  • Using doormats near entranceways
  • Covering heavy furniture legs with felt adhesive pads
  • Removing your shoes prior to walking on it
  • Avoid using harsh chemical cleaners
  • Clean the floor regularly

Investing in high-quality doormats will help to prevent dirt and debris being trailed across the floor. They are also great at soaking up moisture when you walk in with wet shoes. Ideally, you should take your shoes off before walking over the laminate. At the very least, you should avoid walking across the floor in heels.

Furniture can also damage laminate flooring. Heavy furniture can leave dents in the floor. It can also leave scratches if you need to move it. Adding felt adhesive pads to the legs of heavy furniture can therefore help to protect against both dents and scratches. 

Although it isn’t made from real wood, laminate flooring can still be damaged by harsh chemical cleaners. Follow the maintenance instructions provided by the manufacturer to ensure your new floor stays damage free.

The last prevention tip is to make sure you clean the floor regularly. This will prevent a build-up of dirt and dust. When it is left to build up, dirt can become much harder to remove. By spending just a few minutes cleaning the floor each day, you’ll save yourself a lot of time and potentially money, further down the line.

You don’t need to spend a huge amount of time cleaning your laminate each day. Simply give it a quick brush or hoover to keep dirt and dust at bay. However, there are some rules you should follow to ensure you don’t damage the floor with your daily care routine.

If you will be using a brush to maintain the floor, make sure it has soft bristles. This is because harsher bristles could scratch the laminate over time. If you will be hoovering the floor, make sure you use the correct wood floor setting. You’ll also want to avoid using a beater bar on the floor.

Although laminate flooring is more water resistant than engineered or solid wood, it can still incur water damage. So, unless your laminate is waterproof, you are going to want to take care of any spills quickly.

Clean Up Spills Quickly Flrom Laminate Flooring To Maintain Them Properly

If spills are left to soak into the floor, it can lead to issues with warping over time. Clean up any spills with a dry cloth as soon as they occur.

Occasionally, it’s good to give your laminate floor a more extensive clean. Unlike LVT flooring, it’s not a good idea to use a wet mop on laminate. You’ll also want to avoid using a steam mop at all costs. These mops can cause the moisture to seep between the joints of the floor, in turn causing it to warp.

Microfiber mops are the best types to use on laminate floors. invest in specialty laminate cleaning products too to keep the floor protected. You’ll only need to use a little warm water, making sure the mop is fully rinsed out before using it.

If your laminate floor does become damaged, you may be able to fix it yourself. Everyday scratches and dents can be easily fixed with a laminate floor repair kit. However, if the damage is quite deep or significant, you may need to replace the planks.

Replacing laminate flooring is fast and simple thanks to their click system installation. You can simply disconnect the damaged plank and click in the new one.

As you can see, maintaining laminate flooring is a simple task. With just a few minutes of maintenance each day, your laminate will look and perform like new for many years to come.

If you are interested in how to maintain other types of flooring then please have a read of our post on the best low maintenance floors here.