Laminate Floors Guide

Laminate flooring has become a popular choice for many homeowners due to its ability to closely emulate today’s most popular surfaces, including hardwood planks and ceramic or stone tiles. Laminate flooring offers durability by being resistant to normal wear and tear and remains resistant to stains and sunlight fading. Not to mention, it is very cost effective, serving as a less expensive alternative to hardwood floors and ceramic tiles.

Chemistry Behind Laminate Floors

There is a keen technology that goes into creating laminate floors. A direct-pressure manufacturing process combines four separate layers into one hard surface. The four layers are:

Wear Layer
The wear layer is a tough, clear finish reinforced with aluminum oxide, that resist staining, fading, surface moisture and wear.

Decorative Layer
The decorative layer is actually a highly detailed photograph that gives the laminate the appearance of wood or tile.

Fiberboard Core
This strong core board provides impact resistance and stability. It features an edge sealer that provides extra protection.

Back Layer
The back is reinforced with melamine for structural stability and moisture resistance.

Maintaining Your Laminate Floors

Use a damp cloth to blot up spills as soon as they happen.
Never allow liquids to stand on your floor.
For tough spots, use acetone/nail polish remover on a clean white cloth, then wipe the area with a damp cloth to remove any remaining residue.
Sweep, dust, or vacuum the floor regularly.
Periodically clean the floor with cleaning products made specifically for laminate floor care.
Do not wash or wet mop the floor with soap, water, oil-soap detergent, or any other liquid cleaning material.
Do not use steel wool, abrasive cleaners, or strong ammoniated or chlorinated type cleaners.
Do not use any type of buffing or polishing machine.
For spots such as candle wax or chewing gum, harden the spot with ice and then gently scrape with a plastic scraper.

Laminate Floor Protection

Entry mats will help collect the dirt, sand, grit, and other substances such as oil, asphalt,or driveway sealer that might otherwise be tracked onto your floor.
To prevent slippage of area rugs, use an approved vinyl rug underlayment.
Use floor protectors and wide-load bearing leg bases/ rollers to minimize the chance of indentations and scratches from heavy objects. As a rule, the heavier the object, the wider the floor protector.
Maintain a normal indoor relative humidity.
Heating season (Dry): A humidifier is recommended to prevent excess shrinkage due to low humidity levels. Wood stove and electric heat tend to create very dry conditions.
Non-Heating Season (Wet): An air conditioner, dehumidifier, or periodically turning on your heating will help to maintain humidity levels during summer months.
Avoid excessive exposure to water.
Keep your pet’s nails trimmed to prevent them from scratching your floor.
Never try to slide heavy objects across the floor.
Do not use any type of buffing or polishing machine.