Care & Maintenance of Laminate

Please be sure to reference your laminate floor warranty for specific care requirements! For your general information, however, here are some basic tips and facts:

Cleaning: For spills and spots use a damp cloth to blot them as soon as the spill occurs. On tougher spots, damped a white cloth with acetone and wipe the spill with the damp cloth. Only use this on things such as paint, oil, lipstick, ink, markers, or cigarette marks. Do not allow liquids to stand on your floor.

General Maintenance: Dust, sweep or vacuum the floor regularly with the hard surface attachments to prevent any buildup of dirt. Dirt or other gritty substances can cause scratches or dull the finish of the laminate. On occasion, clean the floor with a floor cleaner specifically made for laminate flooring.

Things to Avoid When Cleaning: Do not wet-mop the floor with water and soap, oil-soap, or any other liquid cleaning material. This will result in warping, swelling, delamination, and joint-line separation. Polishing or buffing the floor will result in damage as well. Chlorinated products and steel wool scrubbers are too abrasive to use on this type of flooring.

Humidity: A normal indoor relative humidity level is between 35 and 65 percent. This level of humidity needs to be maintained throughout the year to minimize the natural expansion and contraction of laminate. During the winter, a humidifier can prevent excess shrinking due to low humidity levels. In the summer months, using a dehumidifier and air conditioning can maintain the humidity during this warm time of year. When there is severe inclement weather, make sure to avoid over exposure to water.

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