How to care for your new laminate floor
So you've decided to choose laminate flooring. This type of floor is generally sturdier and will last longer than some of the other flooring options. It is also less expensive than tile, and much easier to install. There are a few things that you should keep in mind though. Even though laminate flooring is easier to care for than other types of flooring, you should make sure that you take care of it properly so that you get the most out of it.
The most important thing to remember when it comes to how to care for laminate flooring is that you should never wet mop it. It is fine to use a damp mop to clean up spills, but a wet mop will cause damage. The key is just to make sure that there are no puddles of water after you mop, because the standing water will cause damage - either to the laminate itself, or to the walls and furniture around it that the water comes into contact with. If water soaks in under the laminate, then it will start to cause bubbling and cracking of the laminate.
You should make sure that you cover the feet of anything that could slide around on the laminate floor. For instance, if you have chairs, you should get easy glide buttons and attach those to the bottoms of the legs. This will allow you to pull or push the chair in more easily - and you'll protect the laminate from scratches. Additionally, you should always make sure that you put down something protective while you're moving large pieces of furniture so that those do not scratch up the floor either.
You should also always remember that your laminate floor is not a wood floor, and you should not use the same methods to take care of it. For instance, using floor wax or any sort of acrylic finish on the laminate flooring is a bad idea. These substances will just cause damage to the laminate.
The best way to make sure that you are taking care of your laminate flooring properly is to read the material that the flooring manufacturer provided.
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