How do I properly clean and maintain my laminate flooring?
Caring for your laminate floor is very simple. You should clean any dust or debris with a soft dust mop or brush but never anything abrasive such as steel wool. Then simply use a slightly moist cloth or mop to wash the floor. Make sure you do not use excessive water. Dry laminate floors thoroughly with a soft cloth after washing to avoid any pooling liquids. It is important that you never use chemicals, soap-based detergents, abrasive cleaners, or products meant to add shine to the floor such as wax or polish. Never steam clean your laminate flooring. It is okay to use acetone or nail polish remover on stubborn stains and spots. For more detailed cleaning instructions and tips, see our Laminate Floor Care and Repair Section.
How can I get the longest life out of my laminate floor?
There are several steps you can take to help maintain your laminate floor besides regular maintenance. Use a doormat outside to collect any dirt, moisture or other substances that can harm your floor. Do not put rubber-backed, latex-backed or cocofiber mats on your floor as they may stain or damage the surface. Avoid objects that can scratch your floor such as high heels, long dog nails, etc. Never slide large objects such as furniture across the floor, and keep felt pads or other protectors under these objects. Rearrange furniture from time to time to avoid indentations. Never treat or seal your laminate floor panels after they are installed.
Is there anything I can do to increase my laminate floor's shine?
No, the shine is a manufactured characteristic so there is nothing you can do to increase it. You must never wax or polish a laminate floor.
Is it possible to refinish, sand, or lacquer my laminate floor?
No, you must never refinish, sand, or lacquer your laminate flooring. Laminate floors are not constructed in a way that makes this necessary.
How do I remove dried glue from the surface of my laminate flooring after installation?
Use some acetone or nail polish remover and a soft cloth to remove dried glue. Always test it first on a piece of laminate or in an inconspicuous area to ensure the cleaner will not damage your laminate flooring.
How do I repair a chip or scratch in my laminate flooring?
Most laminate manufacturers have repair kits available to remove or repair minor damage. If the damage is severe, you may need to replace the individual laminate plank.
How do I replace a damaged plank in my laminate floor?
If the damaged plank is close to the edge of the room you can simply disassemble the floor to the damaged plank and replace it and reinstall the other planks. It is a more difficult situation if the plank is in the middle of the room or a hard to reach area. If this is the case, you should contact the manufacturer for more specific instructions based on your individual situation. It is often recommended that you leave these cases to a professional installer as special tools may be needed.