How To Clean Laminate Floors
WARNING – do not use any aftermarket cleaners or sprays that state it leaves the floor shiny or sparkly, or contain any glossing agents, these will leave you without any warrantee on your flooring, the manufacturers of the flooring clearly state that no artificial glossing agents, polishes or shining agents such as waxes are to be use on melamine laminate flooring. There are several leading high street brands offering such products, they even say that they are suitable for laminate flooring on the label, this is there opinion, not the manufacturers of the flooring however, so beware. These companies do not take into account the requirements of many leading laminate floor manufacturers such as Pergo, Quickstep, Krono Original, Egger, Balterio, Berry Floor etc, and use of these products can often lead to problems and loss of warrantee offered.
You should also avoid any laminate floor cleaners that state they are made from soap, as soap need to be rinsed away and most laminate floors these days cannot be rinsed or wet mopped due to the click system or ‘v’ groove technology used. The instructions on many soap based cleaners are not compatible with the newer styles of laminate floors, and often lead to damage of the flooring over time. Any concentrate cleaner used that states you mix it in a bucket and soak the mop cloths should only be branded manufacturers laminate cleaners only,.many aftermarket cleaners can have chemicals in that can lead to problems over time with certain laminates. Follow the instructions on the bottles closely, never over wet the flooring.
Laminate floors are fade, stain, dent, burn and scratch resistant. However, it is still possible that you may end up with a scratch, chip or dent that will require repair. Laminate flooring is very tough, but it is not ‘bullet proof’.
There are a range of flooring laminate putty’s which can help mask any small chips in your flooring however, they will not cover or hide scratches. Scratches will fade a little with use of the flooring depending on how deep, with proper advice and cleaning equipment, you can reduce the risks of damaging your flooring and keeping it looking new.
While laminates are meant to stand up to wear, they keep a new look if you follow this simple advice.
Dirt is the primary enemy of laminates floors. Walking over time causes fine scratches that lead to dullness and larger particles of sand or rocks cause visible scratches.