What Is Laminate Flooring?
Laminate flooring has four layers: a wear layer, a design layer, an inner core layer and a backing layer. The wear layer protects the floor from stains and fading. Beneath that, the design layer is literally a photographic image of wood, stone or other natural visual. For structural strength, the inner core layer’s plastic resin keeps the laminate stable and flat. The backing creates a moisture barrier that protects the floor from warping. It’s this layered construction that makes laminate floors so remarkably durable. Most laminate flooring products can be installed anywhere, but it is not recommended to install in rooms that are prone to moisture, such as bathrooms as moisture can cause the laminate floors to warp or swell.
There are several reasons to choose laminate flooring including; versatility, durability, easy care and cleaning and easy installation. Laminate flooring is available in a variety of appearances and often times look so similar to the real thing that nobody will be able to tell the difference.
This type of laminate floor offers the beautiful look and warmth of hardwood, but is also easy to maintain and super durable.
This laminate floor resembles the elegant and soft look of tile, but is easier to maintain and more affordable.
Proper care will help ensure your laminate flooring always looks it’s best. The following maintenance and prevention steps are recommended.
General Care Do’s and Dont’s
- Vacuum, use a dust mop or wipe with a damp cloth.
- Wipe spills with a cloth or sponge.
- Allow time for floors to dry after washing. Laminate flooring, like other types of smooth floors, can become slippery when wet.
- Do not use soap-based detergents or “mop and shine” products, as these may leave a dull film on your floor.
- Do not use abrasive cleaners, steel wool, or scouring powder, which can scratch your floor.
- Do not wax or polish your floor because it already contains a protective layer.
Protecting Your Laminate Floor
- Place a natural or colorfast mat at outside entrances to collect tracked-in dirt and to absorb excess moisture.
- Use a well-squeezed damp mop with a No-Wax floor cleaner. A light damp mop is all you need.
- For added indentation resistance, use felt floor protectors on chairs and other furniture. As a general rule, the heavier the item, the wider the floor protector should be.
- Remove tough spots like shoe polish, tar and asphalt driveway sealer with nail polish remover containing acetone. Then wipe with a damp cloth.
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