While laminate wood floors might not be solid wood, they are actually designed for durability, and to look just like solid wood without the hefty price tag. The process of layering materials and fusing them with laminate, creates a genuine wood grain appearance.
Laminate flooring is specially built with multiple layers that make them resilient to the daily grind of foot traffic. A great option for those that have many feet treading paths in the home.
There are four layers to the floor. Starting with the inner-most layer, they are: the backing layer, the inner core, the design layer, and the wear layer. By their powers combined, they make an exceptionally hardy floor.
They are all designed to lock moisture out, preventing it from causing dreaded bulbous spots, and in so doing keeps the floors flat.
The Do’s And Don’ts of Laminate Floor Care
Even though the thought alone of dusting large areas of floors may bring about a feeling of instant fatigue, it is highly recommended that this groan- worthy chore be done frequently. Let’s face it, the floors will look wonderful afterwards.
- Keep pets nails trimmed to prevent scratches on the surface of the laminate.
- Avoid treading over the laminate with shoes that have spikes.
- Laminate needs to be kept dry, so after mopping the floor must be dried immediately.
Keeping the floors dry and stain free in wet weather is a good idea. Removing shoes at the door is highly recommended. Most people would prefer to walk barefoot anyway (though that’s a little taboo in public). In a home with laminate floors however, it will ensure that the life of the floor is prolonged.
Maintaining The Shine
Laminate floors have a beautiful luster to them. This can be maintained by taking the correct steps to do so. If the shine of the floor seems less enthusiastic to please the eye, then there are a couple of things that can be done to restore its enthusiasm to please the eye again.
As you cannot use wax on laminate floors, it is recommended to invest in a good quality laminate cleaning or shine product. One such laminate cleaning product is Bona’s Stone Tile and Laminate Floor Cleaner. This costs approximately nine dollars and has an almost five star review at many retailers.
Soap will dull shine as well, so in order to remove dirt, a mixture of one cup of distilled vinegar to one gallon of water may be used.
Steps to restoring shine:
- Sweep the floor with a soft bristled broom.
- Remove the dirt by mopping with the vinegar mixture. The floors MUST be dried IMMEDIATELY after.
- Apply chosen laminate floor product by spreading it over the floor with a microfiber cloth. (Microfiber doesn’t pull and leave little bits of lint for you to clean up after cleaning).
- Start in one corner of the room and work back, spreading the product evenly.
Et Voila! It might take a little effort to clean a laminate floor, but as with anything, a little hard work does pay off!