What are the DO’s and DON’Ts?
Understandably, people naturally use water when cleaning flooring surfaces, but the problem with laminate flooring is that water is its enemy! Moisture warps and weakens it.
Often the lamella is only 5mm thin and it has MDF backing. This is like chipboard so the slightest gap between planks, or unsealed edges, will cause it to swell, lift and buckle.
Even the innocent act of using a mop or squeegee can force moisture through the joins and is just asking for trouble! Like a Pantene commercial – it may not happen overnight, but it will happen! And sometimes it can go very wrong very quickly.
What can you do to care for your laminate flooring?
- Start by using a dust mop (think of a big, shaggy mop head, but rectangular in shape, with a long handle attached). Dust mops are made from microfibre material which attracts and holds on to dust particles.
- Once you’ve removed as much dry soiling as possible, apply a very light mist of floor cleaning product or metho.
- Dry mop the product to remove it, or if using metho, it will evaporate quickly.
- Be sure to attack small, manageable sections at a time.