Daily Laminate Care
Routine care is important not only to keep your laminate looking beautiful but also to help extend the life of your floors. Dirt and debris can cause scratches and wear down your flooring, leaving it looking damaged and dull. By regularly sweeping and dry mopping, your flooring will remain gorgeous and last longer. You can also damp mop laminate but don't let moisture stand as it can damage most laminate.
It's also a good idea to place mats at entryways and remove shoes at the door to reduce the amount of dirt tracked into your home. If you have pets, be sure to keep their nails trimmed to prevent scratches.
When you see dirt has been tracked into your home or you see a dry spill, it's best to act quickly to prevent the area from becoming a stain. Begin by sweeping to remove any loose dirt or debris. You can use a damp, clean cloth to remove any residue. Use a manufacturer-approved cleaning solution on the area, if needed. Be sure not to let moisture or a cleaning solution stand, as it can lead to warped or bowed floors.
Unfortunately spills are inevitable, especially in a home with children. When a liquid is spilled, acting quickly will prevent the area from becoming a stubborn stain. Soak up the liquid with a clean, dry cloth. You can use a clean, damp cloth to remove any residue. Use a manufacturer-approved cleaning solution on the area, if needed. Be sure not to let moisture or a cleaning solution stand as it can damage your floors.
No matter how careful you are or how resillient laminate flooring is, over time minor scratches may happen. Thankfully most areas can be fixed easily at home without much effort. You can use pencils or other items made for laminate for minor scratches, putty for deeper scratches, and wax for the worst damage. You will just need to match the right color or mix hues to create the right color.