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How To Care For Laminate Flooring

The goal with any new floor is to keep it looking as good as new for as long as possible. Flooring Direct is here to help you maintain the fresh new feel of your flooring throughout its life. Here, you can find out how to care for your laminate flooring with our very own laminate care guide. We’ll provide you with all the useful information on cleaning, repairing and general day to day maintenance tips from our industry experts.

Take a look at our guide to ensure your laminate flooring is best kept and always keep this advice in mind:

Avoid dragging furniture or heavy objects across your laminate flooring

Try using soft castors underneath the legs of your furniture

Protect your laminate flooring with a rug or mat 

Cleaning Laminate Floors

Like any type of flooring, laminate requires general cleaning maintenance to keep it in spick and span condition. Apart from the basic tools like a broom and a mop, you will need to brush up on the general attributes of your laminate flooring and invest in a cleaning detergent that is safe to use and laminate friendly. You will find this information by referring to the manufacture’s guides regarding the cleaning process of your specific laminate material. It’s also important to consider that not all laminate flooring is waterproof, so be sure to check this before laying it in your bathroom!

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Vinegar and water can clean up most dirt-disasters on laminate flooring.

Mixing one cup of vinegar with eight pints of warm water will concoct a solution to lift any settled dirt or stains.

● Using a mop, spread the cleaning solution over the floor, being careful to rinse the mop out thoroughly beforehand to prevent excessive water exposure.

● Laminate flooring can be sensitive to water as it warps the form of the boards. We obviously want to avoid this as much as possible, so take extra care when handling any water around you laminate flooring.

Dirt And Spillages On Laminate Flooring


● Use a dry cloth to immediately soak up any spillages on your floor. We would recommend a microfiber mop or cloth to aid you with this.

● Finish cleaning up any mess on your laminate floor with a quick once over, using a vacuum cleaner or a dustpan and brush. This will pick up any leftover dust or dirt that has settled on the surface. 

How to clean laminate flooring

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● Use a microfiber mop or cloth and wipe over your flooring with a safe-to-use laminate cleaning fluid, making sure you dry the area afterwards also. 


● Use ice to harden any set dirt on your flooring and scrape the affected area with a plastic scraper, taking care not to scratch the laminate. 


● Floors with bevelled edges or V grooves can be susceptible to built up dirt settling in the crevices, so pay extra attention when cleaning these floors.

Handy Hints And Tips


Preventing Scratches On Laminate Flooring


Investing in a laminate floor repair kit from a DIY store can aid you in reviving your flooring, but let’s try and prevent the damage before it happens. 


• Some manufacturers provide scratch guards to come with laminate flooring, so definitely make use of these if you already have them!


• Enforce a ‘no shoes on the laminate’ rule and put a door mat in place to avoid bringing in any dirt or gravel from outside that could potentially cause damage to your flooring.


• Avoid using any abrasive cloths or harsh cleaning chemicals on your laminate.

Deal with scratches on a laminate floor.


Laminate Floor Maintenance

Genera; day to day wear and tear is inevitable when it comes to flooring as it is constantly in use. However, if you want to keep that laminate lacquered shine, try taking our tips.


Use mild soap detergent, or natural cleaners on laminate floors.  

• Use a damp mop to clean laminate and avoid using too much water.  

Use soft cotton or cloths to clean laminate floors.  

Wipe up spillages immediately.  

Place mats underneath heavy items and use furniture pads to avoid scratch marks. 


Use too much water when cleaning your laminate flooring.

Use abrasive cleaning tools or materials.

Let water sit and soak into your flooring for too long.

Use any soapy products that might leave behind a residue and alter the shine effect of laminate.

Use wax heavy cleaners as it causes a build up of product that can be difficult to remove.

Replacing Your Flooring

Is your current floor looking a little worse for wear? It might be time to invest in a new floor that can promise longevity, durability and style. Browse our range of high-quality laminate flooring and take a look at our laminate buying guide for help with choosing the right floor for you.

If your laminate has come to the end of its lengthy life-span, or you just want an updated version to refurbish your floors, Flooring Direct can offer you endless ranges of alternative flooring products to suit your tastes. Don’t hesitate to contact us via email, telephone or live chat if you have any questions regarding your next choice of flooring!