COLORTILE® Laminate Flooring is naturally durable and can withstand even the toughest household conditions. Learn how to keep it looking brand new:
Follow Routine Maintenance Guidelines to Clean your Laminate Flooring
To clean your laminate flooring properly, we suggest using a damp cloth to blot up spills as soon as they happen. Leaving liquids on your floor for too long cause damage.
For tougher spots, like oil, paint, markers, lipstick or ink, it’s best to use acetone or nail polish remover on a clean, white cloth. Evenly wipe over the affected area with a damp cloth to remove any remaining residue.
Sweep, dust or vacuum the floor regularly with the hard floor attachment (not the beater bar) to prevent accumulation of dirt and grime.
Keeping up with regular floor maintenance with cleaning products made specifically for laminate floor care will offer best results. Our recommendation is Shaw’s R2X Hard Surfaces Flooring Cleaner.
It’s important to not wash or wet mop the floor with soap, water, oil-soap detergent or any other liquid cleaning material as this has been known to cause swelling, warping, delamination and joint-line separation. Also, avoid any types of buffing or polishing machines, using steel wool, abrasive cleaners or strong ammoniated or chlorinated type cleaners.
For spots such as candle wax or chewing gum, harden the spot with ice and then gently scrape with a plastic scraper, like a credit card. Be careful not to scratch the flooring surface. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
A more frequent dust-mopping or vacuuming schedule may be required in very sandy areas such as a beach home.
Protect Your Laminate Flooring to Keep it Looking Like New
Inevitably, entry mats are going to collect dirt, sand, mud, grit and other pesky substances like oil, asphalt or driveway sealer, which can otherwise be tracked onto your floors. Be sure to ask your local CarpetsPlus COLORTILE® retailer about the EcoChoice® Matting System, part of the Metropolitan Collection.
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 level between 35% and 65% throughout the year to minimize the natural expansion and contraction of the wood.
a. 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.
b. 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 during periods of inclement weather.
Keep your pets’ nails trimmed to prevent them from scratching your floor.
Never try to slide heavy objects across the floor.
A protective mat should be used for furniture or chairs with casters.