Laminate Care & Maintenance

After purchasing and having your new laminate floor installed, your next thought will be How do I keep it looking new?

The right cleaning and maintenance routine is imperative to keeping and maintaining the beauty of your new floor. The good news is that it doesn’t take much effort.

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Laminate cleaning tips


Vacuum regularly to remove dust and dirt particles before they damage the surface of the pile. Vacuum at least once a week in light traffic areas, more often in active areas.


Spills should always be cleaned up immediately to avoid any residue or spots and stains. A number of common products such as nail polish, lipstick and permanent markers can cause discoloration, so any contact they have with laminate should be addressed right away. If you’re not sure how to clean laminate floors when a potential stain presents itself, visit your manufacturer’s website.


A mop and warm water will usually be enough to clean laminate floors. For more thorough cleaning, use a product recommended by the manufacturer.

Manufacturer's Guidelines

Read the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions. This is the first and easiest step to a long-lasting, like-new floor. Yet so many of us skip this step. No one knows a floor better than the people who made it, so take the time read the installation instructions.


Use mats or area rugs – Place doormats both outside and inside entryways to trap dirt and moisture before it’s tracked into the home. Remember to clean mats regularly too.

Rotate furniture – Occasionally move your furniture to change foot traffic patterns and indentations. In additional, use floor protectors under the legs of tables, chairs and couches to lessen the weight distribution.

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