Laminate Maintenance Guide

Remember that most laminate is designed with low maintenance in mind and is virtually maintenance free.

Precautions

Never use abrasive cleaners, nylon scouring pads, steel wool or scouring powder as they may damage the floor. Steam cleaners are not suitable for use with any type of laminate floor.

Never flood the floor with water. Although some laminates have a water proof surface, excessive water can damage laminate floors. Promptly soak up bulk liquid spills, including pet urine.

Never wax, polish, sand or lacquer your floor.

Which Cleaner should you use?

Use any non-abrasive, soap-free cleaner suitable for laminate floors on a regular basis. Do not use soap based detergents which can leave a dull finish on the floor. You can also use ready-to-use cleaning cloths or wet wipes.

We also sell cleaning kits which cleanse the floor surface thoroughly and maintain the original look of your floor. No residual layers of cleaning product are left behind.

Routine Cleaning

Routine cleaning requires only sweeping, vacuuming (preferably with an effective dust filter and suction nozzle for hard surfaces) or dust mopping as necessary to remove any loose dirt or grit, followed by wiping down with a well-rung damp mop or cloth (avoiding excessive amounts of water) to remove any footprints or dirt, wiping parallel to the boards.

Spills/Marks

Most spills or other marks will wipe off quickly and easily with a clean, white cloth. Larger marks and more difficult spillages may be removed with nail polish remover or other solvents containing alcohol (e.g. methylated spirits).

Treatment Methods for spills/marks

Juice/Wine/Grease

  • Use a non-abrasive cleaner or warm water and soap free household cleaner.

Crayon/Asphalt/Nail Polish Paint

  • Use denatured alcohol or nail polish remover then warm water and soap free household cleaner.

Gum/Candle Wax

  • Allow to harden then gently scrape free with a plastic scraper.

Note

Our range of Laminate Floors has been designed for use in internal environments/installations. While they are extremely easy to care for, robust and durable, and provide the appearance of a genuine timber floor, they are not appropriate for outdoors.

Tips and Tricks

Mats
  • Place mats at all exterior doorways and entrances to trap dirt, sand, grit, moisture and other substances from shoes. Clean mats regularly.
Felt Protectors
  • Use wide bearing clear, hard plastic or non-staining felt protectors under heavy pieces of furniture. Fit office chairs, filing trolleys, mobile containers and old hard or sharp edged castors on furniture with soft treads or castors. Chair pads should be used under desk chairs with castors.
Heavy Objects
  • Heavy objects and furniture such as large bookcases, full sized billiard tables or kitchen units should not be situated on any floating installation. This can lead to the floor failing to respond to contraction and expansion, which can cause squeaking, gapping and possible failure.
Shifting Furniture
  • Never slide or roll furniture or appliances across your floor. Protect the surface if using a trolley to move heavy objects.
Footwear
  • Spiked heels or shoes in need of repair can severely damage your floor. In areas of excessive traffic and wear, make use of runners or area rugs. Rugs should be cleaned regularly.
Weather
  • Protect the floor from direct heat and sunlight with window tinting, curtains, blinds or awnings.
  • Protect the floor from extremely wet or dry conditions (such as periods of drought, flooding or long periods of wet weather) and/or rapid changes in humidity, by use of heating and cooling systems to control the internal temperatures and humidity to maintain room temperatures of 18-25°C and relative humidity levels between 30% and 70%. Otherwise the floors, due to extreme expansion or contraction, may gap, cup or crown or peak.

We understand that all this information can be overwhelming! And that's why we're here to help, every step of the way. Contact us and we'll happily assist!

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