Laminate floors are beautiful and very durable, but they are not indestructible. To keep that “like new” look, regularly sweep, dust mop or vacuum your floor. Remember to use a vacuum without a beater bar. Vacuum cleaner attachments are useful to pick up dirt from between planks or along edges. An occasional damp mopping is also suggested. After damp mopping, a clean dry cloth should be used to wipe your floor thoroughly.
Protecting Your Laminate
Placing doormats or walk-off mats at each entryway will collect moisture and dirt before they enter your home. Glides or floor protectors on the bottom of your furniture will prevent possible scratching or abrasion. If you move heavy furniture do not drag it across your floor. Either lift the furniture or use pieces of carpet face down under the furniture. Spot cleaning and occasional complete cleaning of your laminate floor can be done using the manufacturer’s recommended products.
There are a few things you should remember with your laminate floor:
1. Never use abrasive cleaners, steel wool or scouring powder.
2. Do not use soap-based detergents or “mop-and-shine” products.
3. Never flood your floor with water or cleaner.
4. Do not wax or polish your laminate floor.
5. Never try to refinish or sand your laminate floor.
6. Metal heel plates, loose nails, golf shoes, sports cleats and stiletto heels can damage your floor.