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How to Care for Your New Laminate Flooring

Laminate Floor CareThe real beauty of laminate flooring is its natural beauty and the easy way to care for them.

Here are a few tips on how to properly maintain laminate floors:

1. Always read the manufacturer's warranty and care instructions provided with your flooring. Refer to them if a problem develops.

2. Be sure to ask for post-installation care instructions. Some laminate flooring cannot be mopped for 48 hours after installation.

3. Regularly vacuum and damp-mop. Never wet mop your laminate floors. Pooling water may seep through seams and behind base boards causing lifting.

4. Wax or acrylic floor finishes are never recommended for laminate flooring.

5. Should your laminate floors stain, Use only the stain-removal products recommended by the flooring manufacturer.

6. Use doormats for doorways that lead to the garage or outdoors. These mats will help to trap grit that can gradually cause light scratching on the laminate floor's surface.

7. Use easy-glide protective buttons or pads on the feet of your furniture.

8. When moving a large piece of furniture or a heavy appliance across a laminate floor, always use a dolly or protective pads. Irreparable scratches can be caused by heavy objects being moved across the floor.

9. Maintain a normal indoor relative humidity level between 35% and 65% throughout the year to minimize the natural expansion and contraction of the wood.

10. Keep your pet’s nails trimmed to prevent them from scratching your floor.

11. Pet's bowl and dishes should be placed on absorbent material to prevent water seeping between the boards.

Treat your laminate floors they same way you would treat any piece of fine furniture. A common sense approach to protecting your laminate floors will go a long way to keeping them looking as new.

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Never polish, varnish or wax laminate flooring.

Never clean with abrasives, scouring pads or steel wool.

Never let spills sit - always clean up liquids immediately

When using a vacuum make sure you use a hard floor attachment.

Never use a beater bar.

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