Laminate Flooring Care

Laminate floors are designed to be easy to clean and maintain. However laminate flooring, like anything in your home need proper care and attention to keep it looking great for years to come. The questions many floor users have are: "What is the best way to clean laminate flooring?" or What to use to clean Pergo floors?

Because laminate floors are so dense, they are easy to keep clean. Most, if not all, polishes will not stick to their surface area. All that is required is vacuuming, dust mopping, and maybe a damp towel at times. Most brands carry a 10 to 25 year residential warranty against staining, wearing, and fading. They are designed to look good for many years with a minimum amount of effort.

While laminates are meant to stand up to wear, they keep a new look if you follow theses simple steps:

  • • Vacuum or dust mop to remove loose dirt or grit
  • • Damp mop using warm water, do not saturate the floor
  • • Change water as necessary to keep clean
  • • Do not use polishes or waxes
  • • Never clean with abrasives, scouring powder, or steel wool
  • • Wipe up spills immediately
  • • Avoid standing liquids on your floor -- including your pet's water area

Dirt is the primary enemy of laminate floors. Walking over time causes fine scratches that lead to dullness and larger particles of sand or rocks cause visible scratches. A couple of tips against this include: Put cushion or felt bottom protectors under chair and table legs to prevent possible scratching. Place floor mats and foot brushes at all entrances of your home to pick up dirt. Vacuum and dust mop regularly to keep grit from floor.