Laminate Flooring

If you are ready to replace flooring in your home or office expect to be faced with many options. Laminate floors have advantages over many other types of flooring material on the market today. Some of the main advantages are listed below.

Laminate flooring is durable and will provide you with years of service. You need to insure you care for your new floor properly in order to keep it looking good for a long time. You need to mop, vacuum and sweep the floor on a regular basis to keep it looking great. Take care in cleaning products you use on your floor. Typically, manufacturers recommend a liquid spray on type, which is available at grocery and hardware stores. Never use any abrasive cleaner on your laminate. Before you purchase a generic brand of cleaner check the warranty to ensure it will not be void if you utilize the generic brand.

Laminate does have a protective coating; however, no coating can keep it scratch free. It doesn’t matter if you get the more expensive or the cheap laminate flooring, it happens to it all in this respect.  To keep your floor as scratch free as possible use small area rugs in front of entrance doors. Dirt tracked in on visitor’s shoes tends to leave marks and scratches on laminate floors. Some people enforce a “no shoes” rule upon entering their home or office, but most people prefer to strategically place rugs in front of doors.

It is a good idea to use furniture pads or coasters under legs of desks, tables, or large pieces of furniture. Never drag furniture across your laminate floor. That tends to leave permanent marks and scratches on the floor.

Be sure to wipe up spills immediately. Any liquid left on laminate planks tend to seep into the flooring and may require replacement. If you do need to have pieces replaced it is wise to seek a professional installer.

Just using common sense when caring for your floor will ensure it looks good for years to come.

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