Do you have new laminate floors in your Shallotte, Ocean Isle Beach, Southport & St. James area home? This affordable flooring style is popular amongst homeowners thanks to its durability and affordable price. With laminate, you can get the look of hardwood floors without the lengthy installation process and overall cost. One of the main downsides to laminate is that it cannot be refinished like hardwood floors. This makes it even more important that you take care of your floors now, so that they last years into the future. Here are some important tips for cleaning your laminate floors well, from the floor experts at Floor Coverings International Shallotte.
Avoid Moisture & Liquid Cleaning Products
Though laminate floors are not made from solid hardwood, they are still primarily made from types of wood. This means that like hardwood floors, it’s best to avoid exposure to moisture. Don’t use steam cleaners or wet mops in your cleaning routine; same goes for liquid cleaning products like soap and detergents. These materials can cause warping and staining on your new floors.
Sweep or Vacuum Regularly
One of the main ways that laminate floors become scratched over time is by small particles of dust and dirt. This can be avoided be regular sweeping or vacuuming. If you use a vacuum, be sure to employ your hardwood floor attachment.
You can help stop dust and dirt from accumulating on your floor by investing in doormats and taking your shoes off when you enter your home.
A Couple Spot Cleaning Tricks: Nail Polish Remover & Ice
If something gets spilled on your laminate floor, take care of it right away. Usually if you wipe it up instantly and clean the floor off with a damp cloth you won’t have to worry. If you have a tough spot to deal with, there are a couple things you can do:
- Tough liquid spills (lipstick, oil, paint, etc.)
Put a small amount of nail polish remover or acetone on a white cloth and wipe up the stain. Finish by wiping up any residue with a lightly damp cloth.
- Tough hardened spills (gum, wax, etc.)
First, harden the spot with ice that’s encased in a towel or bag. Then use a hard plastic scraper like a credit card to pull up the mess. Apply gentle, constant pressure during this – you don’t want to scrape your floor. Finish by wiping the area with a damp cloth.
Invest in a Laminate Floor Cleaner
There are a number of cleaners out there that are made specifically for laminate floors. We recommend investing in one for cleaning your floors more thoroughly.
Good luck taking care of your new laminate floors from Floor Coverings International Shallotte.
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