Laminate-an imitation coating that can perfectly match stone, natural wood, tiles, etc. It is a long-lasting, durable material with an excellent aesthetic appearance. But at the same time, it requires a certain amount of care, which will allow it to maintain its “viability” for many years to come. Here are some useful tips from our laminate care experts.
Laminate is a special coating that differs slightly from most similar materials, so it requires a certain approach during operation. The type and nature of care for this material depends mainly on its type and quality characteristics.
There are several types of laminate flooring, and not everyone can withstand a full wet cleaning. For example, a material created by direct lamination or a cached version should not come into contact with water, as this can be fraught with irreversible consequences.
There are also a number of types of laminate flooring that can easily cope with water load and can be cleaned without problems using wet cleaning. Among them, the following can be noted::
DPR products created by direct printing are easily modified when exposed to moisture – they can only be cleaned manually (using a damp cloth), but they must be wiped dry after each cleaning.
CPL-products made by continuous pressure are not afraid of moisture. Material with such a mark can be safely cleaned with a cleaning vacuum cleaner and even arrange a wet cleaning.
HPL-products created by the high-pressure method are not particularly exposed to moisture, however, it is advisable to expose the surface to “stress” from contact with water no more than 2 times a week.
IMPORTANT.If the laminate is marked by the manufacturer as moisture-resistant, this does not mean that you do not need to take into account the method of laying the material when cleaning. Since in some cases there is a high probability of water entering the joint between the elements, the coating will “swell”. But the castle laying can easily withstand even General wet cleaning.
The intricacies of care
Dry and wet cleaning is used to care for laminate flooring. The first option is preferred for household products (class 21-23). They are “afraid” of water exposure, so it is better to vacuum them or just sweep them.
The second cleaning option is used for products with a class higher than 32nd. Slightly lower grades can also be cleaned with a damp cloth or a special vacuum cleaner, but no more than 2 times a week.
Since dry cleaning is the simplest and most understandable option, we will consider the subtleties of laminate care using wet cleaning. So, consider some of the nuances:
Use a suitable tool – such as a cleaning vacuum cleaner (the nozzle should be soft), a steam cleaner, a wet soft MOP, and so on.
To care for laminate flooring is best suited in warm clean water (in the case when contamination is unstable and can be easily removed). Moreover, after its turbidity, it is necessary to immediately change the water: only then will the coating retain its original appearance.
For old stains, the optimal cleaning agent is acetone: just leave the substance on the dirt for a few minutes, and then simply remove it with a soft sponge or dry cloth.
To ensure that the coating lasts as long as possible, you should treat it carefully:
Use special overlays for furniture;
Wear home shoes made of special soft materials (this will help to avoid scratching the laminate).);
Use only special detergents, soft-lint brushes, and fiber to remove stains to clean the laminate floor.
To maintain a Matt floor, use sprays designed specifically to remove dirt from the laminate floor.
For cleaning glossy coatings, products that restore their natural Shine are best suited.
If any dirt appears on the floor surface, it is necessary to remove it immediately, because if this is not done immediately, they can get ingrained in the material and the cleaning process will become much more complicated.
If the laminate is laid in the corridor, be sure to lay a Mat on the doorstep made of materials (rubber, thick fabric) that will protect the coating from deformation.
About choosing the right tools
The market surprises with a variety of cleaning products for the care of various floor coverings, including laminate. But when using such drugs, it is necessary to take as a rule the fact that many of them can corrode the coating, so it is better to use them only to remove complex stains.
For regular care, home remedies are perfect:
Baby shampoo is an inexpensive, effective, and safe product for laminate care. It is enough to dilute 4-5 tablespoons of the product in a bucket of water to clean a spacious room with laminate flooring.
Vinegar-mix vinegar with water in a ratio of 1: 4 and wipe the particularly contaminated area. Suitable for periodic use.
Lemon juice + vinegar is an effective tool for adding Shine to a glossy surface. Mix vinegar with lemon juice and warm water in a ratio of 1.5: 1:2, add a couple of drops of dish detergent. You will get a solution of low density with foam. You can safely use it for rubbing laminate flooring.