Laminate is manufactured by pressing four layers of raw materials. Heat and high pressure are used to fuse the materials together. Today, it has become one of the most popular flooring materials on the market. Its vivid and intricate grain design looks like wood.
Are you working on a tight budget and cannot afford a stylish wooden floor? No worries! Laminate can be designed to mimic the look and feel of cherry, mahogany, teak, or cedar.
Benefits of Laminate
Laminate stands up to wear and tear better than many other popular flooring materials while also being easier to install. It is both scratch and water resistant. The easily cleanable surface of a laminate floor makes maintenance a breeze – usually wiping off the dirt from the surface with a soft, damp cloth is enough to keep a laminate floor squeaky clean.
Thanks to the aluminum oxide coating applied to the top layer of laminate floors, they are more resistant to fading than many other types of floors. Laminate can help muffle airborne and impact sounds. Many homeowners add a padding to their laminate floor to enhance its sound-absorbing properties. Laminate is an excellent option for high-traffic areas such as hallways, entries, and the kitchen.
How Long Does Laminate Flooring Last?
Laminate floors are extremely durable. They offer UV resistance, can be waterproofed, and do not scratch or discolor as easily as hardwood floors. With proper care and maintenance, a laminate floor can last between 15 to 25 years or even longer in some cases.
How Should You Clean a Laminate Floor?
Wipe down your laminate floor with a mop every day or every other day depending on how quickly it gets dirty. Use a mop with a wide microfiber head that can collect the everyday dirt and dust that gets tracked across your floor.
There are two major benefits of dry mopping. Dry mopping your floor before washing it collects dirt, dust, and debris brought in by shoes and the paws of your pets. This reduces the chance of the same dirt spreading to different parts of your floor when someone walks on your floor.
Dry mopping is also necessary because if allowed to sit on a floor, dirt, and dust particles can wear down its finish over time.
Vacuum Your Floor
Periodically vacuum hard-to-reach areas and corners of your floor. Use a specially-designed attachment for hard surfaces. Many vacuum cleaners come with a microfiber pad that connects directly behind the vacuum head to capture dirt and dust particles missed by the suction.
Spot Clean Visibly Dirty Areas
Get rid of stains as soon as they occur. Wipe the area with a soft, dry absorbent cloth. To get rid of stubborn stains, use a gentle chemical-free cleaner. Never use a harsh cleaning product as it may damage your floor and also release toxic chemicals.