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Laminate Care

BASIC MAINTENANCE

Use a dust mop, soft bristle broom or a vacuum cleaner with suction only (no beater bar or with the beater bar disengaged) to remove dust, dirt and loose particulate on a regular basis. For slightly damp cleaning, spray a  Hardwood & Laminate Cleaner onto a cotton, terrycloth, or microfiber mop. Avoid wet-mop cleaning with water or liquid cleaners.

Use protective window coverings to block fade-causing UV rays and excessive heat from direct sunlight, and rearrange rugs and furniture periodically to help your floor age evenly. During inclement weather, avoid exposing your flooring to water as much as possible.

TIPS FOR PREVENTING DAMAGE

  • Carefully remove stubborn stains (like paint, oil, tar, or markers) with acetone-based fingernail polish remover.
  • Wipe up spills and spots immediately with a Hardwood & Laminate Flooring Cleaner applied directly to a clean white cloth.
  • Use ice to harden tough substances like wax or chewing gum, and then gently scrape with a plastic scraper or a credit card. Be careful not to scratch the surface and wipe the area clean with a soft, slightly damp cloth.

EXTRA PROTECTION

Invest in high-quality floor mats and protective pads under heavy furniture for an extra layer of protection on your laminate floors. Place floor mats at entrances and exits—they collect and trap corrosive substances that can be tracked in, like dirt, sand, oil, grit, asphalt, or even driveway sealer. Placing mats in high-traffic areas—in front of vanities, kitchen sinks, and stoves—is an effective way to reduce wear.

WHAT TO AVOID

  • Wax, polish, oils, soaps, detergents, shine enhancers, or varnish shouldn’t be used on laminate.
  • Applying cleaner directly to the surface of the laminate can cause staining—lightly spray it on a cleaning cloth or damp mop instead.
  • Avoid cleaning machines like spray mops, steam cleaners or mops, or power cleaners.
  • Always avoid mopping with water and dry up any water spills immediately.

Basement

Luxury Vinyl Tile with Stone Visuals

A cool floor that is warm underfoot. Luxury vinyl tile comes in a variety of stone design. It also absorbs sound to give your basement a quiet, peaceful vibe. Available in slate, marble, ceramic and travertine that reflect the coolness of a sub-level space.

Luxury Vinyl Plank with Wood Visuals

Luxury vinyl plank is an ideal choice for those seeking a rustic, classic look for their basement. The great advantage of luxury vinyl plank is that it molds to the floor underneath and is very forgiving to uneven surfaces.

Laminate

Durable, resilient laminate can be placed anywhere in your home, including basements. Laminate maintains its beauty even in high-traffic areas and through normal changes in temperature, light and humidity levels.

Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood allows you to enjoy the beauty of wood flooring in your finished basement. The multi-ply construction of genuine wood over a stabilized core makes engineered hardwood less susceptible to shrinking and expanding.

Vinyl Sheet/Tile

Versatile vinyl sheet flooring is an ideal option for finished basements. It performs beautifully in both high-traffic and moisture-prone areas. Vinyl sheet with fiberglass backing lies perfectly flat over a concrete slab without adhesive.

Bathroom

Tile

One of the most popular flooring options for bathrooms is ceramic tile. It offers a clean and classic look that’s also extremely durable, waterproof, and stain-resistant.

Vinyl

Vinyl is easy to clean, waterproof, and stain-proof. Choosing a top-quality sheet vinyl (rather than peel-and-stick tiles) will reduce seams where water can seep under. A felt or foam backing makes vinyl softer than wood or tile, which is helpful in bathrooms where slip-and-fall accidents are common on wet floors.

Wood/Laminate

Hardwood floors create a warm and classic look in the bathroom. Engineered wood, which is made of real wood veneer backed by plywood, resists humidity better than solid wood and is a smart choice in a damp space. Laminate gives the look of wood but is actually a photographic image pressed between two wear layers.

Kitchen

Hardwood Floors

Hardwood is available in a variety of colors and finishes to fit your kitchen needs. Give natural beauty and warmth to your kitchen. You can get easily remodel, stain, or even paint the hardwood floors. Every board brings rich detail achieved with nature and craftsmanship.

Luxury Vinyl Tiles

Vinyl won’t react with  water, and are durable enough to tolerate high traffic without denting or scratching due to their tough wear layer.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is tough against scratches and fairly resistant to moisture. Laminate is extremely durable, withstanding cooking spills, heavy traffic, and pet stains. Laminate is constructed of four layers fused together: a melamine wear layer, a high-resolution photo, a dense core board, and a melamine backing layer.

Dining Area

Hardwood

For a classic and timeless look in a traditional dining room, hardwood flooring is the best option. Between the different wood types and grains, as well as the varying stains that can be used, finding the perfect hue that works best in any room is easy to do.

Laminate

Made to imitate wood grain, with just as many types and colors, this flooring goes with virtually any décor. It can maintain the formal look of a dining room and is also great for families with children.  If meal times are hectic, it helps to know that laminate flooring is stain resistant, water-resistant and easy to clean!

Tile

For homes in warm climates or patio-like dining rooms, tiled flooring is ideal.  Like other options, it is stain resistant and easy to clean.  It also comes in a variety of different hues and types, providing endless options for homeowners.

Carpet

Carpet can also be used elegantly in a dining room as the primary flooring.  Better yet, certain brands of wall-to-wall carpeting are specially made to resist stains and moisture.  This means homeowners can host any dinner party without worrying about ruining the carpet!

Living Room

Hardwood flooring

Hardwood flooring is known for its timeless beauty and durability. It increases home value and adds warmth and character to any space. Recent strides have been made with factory-applied finishes.

Laminate Flooring

For active families, laminate flooring is a great option! New laminate floors have texture, color and grain variation with beveled edges to create a more realistic effect.

Tile Flooring

Due to the potential for damage due to plumbing leaks, consumers sometimes opt for tile in kitchens and bathrooms. Ceramic, porcelain and stone tiles are available to suit any decor. Ceramic tiles are either red-clay or white-clay bodies with a baked decorative glaze on the surface.