4 tips to keep your laminate flooring looking like new
It’s one of the main benefits of laminate flooring.
But keep in mind, just because laminate is designed to be as tough and long-lasting as possible, it doesn’t mean it’s indestructible. Like any other type of flooring, it needs to be cared for properly to maintain its appearance. And to keep yours looking as good as new, here we’ve rounded up a few tips.
Laminate flooring care and maintenance
1. Invest in laminate underlay
Effective maintenance starts during the installation process.
In fact, adding a high-quality laminate underlay – such as Royale Professional Sonic Gold 7mm – is (by far!) the best way to protect your flooring against damage and maximise its lifespan.
The extra layer both improves stability and acts as a shock absorber, reducing the likelihood of any impact damage (e.g. dents, scratches). What’s more, some underlays have an integrated damp proof membrane. This creates an excellent moisture barrier, preventing any dampness from rising from the subfloor and avoiding water-based damage (such as swelling, warping and cracks).
2. Clean the laminate regularly
Laminate flooring isn’t waterproof. If moisture were to soak between the boards, it could lead to distortion and warping. So when it comes to cleaning, water is a big no-no. Never use a steam mop and try to avoid harsh scouring and scrubbing pads, as they can cause unnecessary abrasion.
Instead, we recommend using a soft-bristle brush or vacuum to pick up any loose dirt. Then, gently wipe the surface using either a flat-headed spray or microfibre mop. To restore shine, a warm water and vinegar solution can work wonders. Just make sure the mop is only very slightly damp, and not wet.
3. Deal with spills immediately
To prevent warping and other defects, it’s important to deal with any spillages quickly.
If any type of liquid – be it water, tea, coffee, juice, wine – is spilt onto the laminate flooring, our advice is to use a dry microfibre cloth. This will quickly soak up the liquid (before it has a chance to soak between the planks), avoiding water damage, whilst also being kind to the laminate’s surface.
For households with pets and children, it may also be a good idea to protect high-risk areas – perhaps by placing a mat under the dog’s water bowl or a rug beneath your child’s highchair.
4. Avoid unnecessary scratches
Laminate is prone to scratches. But, thankfully, there are things you can do to help prevent them. For example, it may sound obvious, but try to avoid wearing high-heeled shoes inside. Place felt pads below table and chair legs and, if you need to move any furniture, always lift it rather than sliding it along. It can also help to put a doormat near any exterior exits, as this will prevent a build-up of dirt.
In the unfortunate event that a scratch does occur, don’t panic. Cheap repair kits can be bought online, and in most cases, these resolve the issue without having to replace any planks.
Want further advice on laminate flooring maintenance?
You’re welcome to get in touch at any time.
We’re by no means experts in cleaning. But we are a leading UK supplier for high-quality laminate and laminate underlay. And if you’re looking for a way to maximise the lifespan of your new flooring, and maintain its appearance for years to come, we can certainly point you in the right direction.
For additional care and maintenance tips – or advice on the best laminate and underlay to use – simply give us a call on 0203 887 0994. Alternatively, you can send an email to email@example.com and a member of the team will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.
- Carl Smith