Caring For Your Laminate Floor

Dogs and other pets may be part of the family, but their nails can cause damage to laminate floors.
Dogs and other pets may be part of the family, but their nails can cause damage to laminate floors.

Laminate flooring is a popular and stylish flooring choice, but it does require a little TLC!

While laminate flooring is very durable, it is not impervious to scratching and indentations, but with a little forethought and planning you can keep this to a minimum. 

If you, or anyone in your house is a fan of killer heels, remove them before stepping onto the flooring! Slippers are a far more comfortable option for chilling out at home anyway. If you have furry friends, make sure their nails are kept trimmed and their paws are clean to prevent them inadvertently damaging your floor.

Your flooring could also be scratched by moving chairs in and out at the dining table but adding felt pads to the base of the legs will prevent this. If you must move furniture take care to lift it rather than drag it and in high traffic areas such as doorways throw down some funky mats in order to help extend the life of your laminate flooring. They will also pull the look of a room together so it’s a win win.

Standing water is an absolute no no on laminate flooring so if you have free-standing plants ensure that the pots they are in don’t leak and take care when watering them in order to ensure that your floor remains in top notch condition.

Finally when it comes to cleaning your floor keep it simple. Tend to spills immediately with a damp, not wet, cloth. On the whole you should be able to care for the flooring using just a cloth, mop, broom or vacuum. Use the bristle brush setting on the vacuum to avoid potential scratching. When mopping ensure the mop is damp and not wet. Also take care not to use any cleaners containing wax, polish, oils, soaps, detergents, shine enhancers, varnish, silicon or ammonia. Stick to a proper laminate cleaner and dry the floor immediately after mopping.

Follow these tips, your laminate floor should remain looking luscious for a long time to come. For more information, take a look at our laminate floors on our Heiton Buckley website!