The Education Centre: How to maintain laminate flooring
The challenge with any floor is to ensure that it stays looking as good as new for as long as possible. The good news is there are many things you can do to keep your laminate floor in great condition. An important factor to remember is that whilst laminate flooring is relatively low maintenance, some TLC is needed to keep it looking its best.
How to keep your laminate flooring in good condition
In order to keep your flooring in tip top condition, you should only be using manufacturer’s approved chemicals which can be found on the individual product detail page, listed as ‘Maintenance guide.’ Please refer to this as a helpful tool to ensure your floor stays looking as good as the day you fitted it.
For day-to-day maintenance, doormats will work to prevent any dirt being walked through the room, and onto the floor. Mats that can protect the floor from getting wet are also recommended if your floor is used in a communal area such as the kitchen or hallway.
You should regularly use a mop and a damp cloth to prevent any build-up of dust and dirt. A soft broom will also do the job. It’s also recommended you use pads under your furniture, such as table legs and chair castors, as these are another way to prevent any unwanted dents and markings. If you don’t have these, don’t worry, just be careful if you need to move any furniture as dragging it along the floor will inevitability cause denting.
How to clean your laminate floors
When cleaning laminate flooring there are several things to consider. As they’re not waterproof floors, any spills should be cleaned up quickly with nothing more than a damp cloth – and residue should be dried off straight after. It’s advised not to use a wet mop as this will soak the material, and can seep into and under the laminate, causing it to warp and lose its shape.
Secondly, the floor can suffer abrasion from the use of harsh scouring devices, so keep the scrubbing pads and similar items in the cupboard. Brushing with a soft-bristled broom should help keep dirt off without damaging the surface.
How to restore the shine on your laminate floor
As laminate flooring gathers dirt over time it will lose its original shine. Instead of leaving the floor looking dull and dirty, you should spend a little time and effort restoring the shine. This is pretty simple to do.
Dirt can be easily cleaned away by vacuuming or sweeping. Unwanted debris should be cleaned away gently as it can scratch the laminate surface. After the dust and debris are removed, use a cloth-strip mop to mop the floor. Put some vinegar in the water to prevent water spots from forming. Squeeze out as much water as possible when mopping, so that the floor can dry more quickly.
If cleaning and mopping do not put the shine back on your laminate floor, it is likely that the floor is coated with residue. Residue can accumulate over time from a build-up of cleaning products and is more difficult to remove than the usual dirt and debris.
To remove residue without damaging the laminate flooring, put some vinegar on a clean cloth and wipe a small part of the floor. Keep wiping until the shine returns.
If you’ve had your laminate for quite some time and nothing seems to be helping to bring the shine back, a floor shiner can be used to recreate the original look. Applying a coat or two of floor polish can also be effective in reviving the shine.
The best way to maintain the shine on laminate flooring is to clean it regularly, for day-to-day cleaning we recommend the Woca Master Cleaner. Ultimately, the key is to take good care of your laminate floor. It is built to last and, if treated properly, it will.
Whatever you need for your home, we have a floor to fit your needs. Laminate flooring is highly versatile and is an excellent choice for your bathroom or kitchen flooring needs. Our flooring range comes in a wide variety of styles and materials and are suitable for residential or commercial settings.