Laminate Disclosure

Laminate floors provide an exceptional durability to withstand the toughest household activity. Today's laminate styles consist of authentic wood visuals, rich ceramic looks or natural stone designs with different surface textures to accommodate any room in the house.

Laminate floor construction consists of three layers; a backing, a core material and a wear layer. Floors are installed using a floating floor system in which a padded underlayment sits between the subfloor and the laminate planks. This type of installation when walked upon can produce a hollow sound and have a slight give. Ridging or peaking where planks are joined together may occur and is considered normal.

Be aware that laminate transition pieces are fitted on top of the floor and may seem larger than traditional transition pieces.

Durable but not indestructible, laminate floors can be damaged by stiletto heels. However, the finish on these floors help protect the floor from sunlight and the typical fading you find with aging hardwood floors.

Placing doormats or walk-off mats at each entryway will collect excessive moisture and dirt before they enter the house. To avoid scratching, cover all table and chair legs. Use pieces of carpet face down under heavy objects when moving them across the floor.

Laminate Maintenance

Laminate floors provide a distinct beauty and warmth to your home. Regular care will keep your floor looking new. The most effective way to care for your laminate floor is to vacuum, dust mop and occasionally damp mop.

Laminate floors are beautiful and very durable but not indestructible. Floors can dull when unattended dirt acts as an abrasive on its surface. You can avoid this by sweeping or vacuuming regularly to remove loose dirt and grit. You can use a broom or, to make the job faster, use a vacuum cleaner without a beater bar. Vacuum cleaner attachments are also useful to pick up dirt from between planks or along edges.

Placing doormats or walk-off mats at each entryway will collect excessive moisture and dirt before they enter the house. Glides or floor protectors on the bottom of furniture will prevent possible scratching or abrasion. Remember to lift heavy furniture instead of dragging or pulling them.

Spot cleaning and occasional complete cleaning can be done using the manufacturer's recommended products. Do not use abrasive cleaners, steel wool or scouring powder. Do not use soap-based detergents or mop-and-shine products. Do not wax or polish your laminate floor. Never flood the floor with water or cleaner. Laminate flooring can expand if excessive water is used while cleaning. After damp mopping, use a clean dry cloth to wipe the floor thoroughly. Tough, stubborn stains such as paint or adhesive should be removed with alcohol or acetone.