Routine Maintenance

These simple maintenance guidelines and tips will help improve the longevity and appearance of your laminate flooring:

Frequent sweeping and/or vacuuming

Use a damp mop and the manufacturer's recommended products to maintain shine. Remember that laminate flooring can expand if excessive water is used while cleaning. Do not flood the floor with water or solutions. After mopping, use a clean dry cloth to wipe the floor of any excess water.

For spills, use a damp cloth or sponge and a mild soap or detergent. Difficult stains, such as coffee or tea, can be removed using a mild household cleaner/detergent and a soft bristle brush; repeat as needed. If a stain persists, use a paste of baking soda and water and apply with a soft bristled brush. Light scrubbing for 10 to 20 strokes should remove most stains. Although baking soda is a low abrasive, excessive scrubbing or exerting too much force could damage the decorative surface, especially if it has a gloss finish.

For difficult stains, use nail polish remover that contains acetone or alcohol. If using nail polish remover, test in a hidden area first, then follow the instructions on the label for use and finish by wiping with a damp cloth. If you spill a drain cleaner, wipe up immediately and rinse several times with water; drain cleaners containing dye will permanently damage any laminate surface. Hair, textile, and food dyes can cause permanent stains. If dye should happen to spill, wipe it up immediately with dishwashing detergent or an all-purpose cleaner.

Additionally, place a natural or colorfast mat outside entrances to collect dirt and absorb excess moisture.