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1. Carefully read the warranty and care instructions that came with your laminate flooring. Do not take any advice that could void the warranty.
2. Do not allow large amounts of water into the cracks between boards. This can damage the floor. Never wet mop a laminate floor.
3. Do not allow dirt to build up in the cracks between boards. The dirt will eventually cause wear and push apart the boards leaving a big gap.
4. Do not use any cleaner that leaves a soap residue. This can make the floor slippery and dangerous. Don't ever apply wax or acrylic floor finishes.
Here are some suggestions on how to clean and care for your floors:
Vacuum the floor to remove as much dirt from the cracks as possible.
A micro-fiber tower or Swiffer can be used to lift off light dirt. You can also so use a cleaner with these mops to remove stains that are more permanent.
Use a spray bottle to apply light amounts of cleaner to the floor. There are several options. Seventh Generation Free and Clear works great because is breaks up the stains (including dried food) without leaving a residue. Other people prefer windex or making a solution themselves. Mix equal parts of vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and water to make a mild cleaner that dries spotlessly.
Acetone or mineral spirits should only be used if the manufacturer recommends them. These very strong reactants can remove nail polish, tar and heavy oils.
Use dollies or a piece of carpet under appliances or heavy furniture during any moves. Heavy furniture can catch on a crack or grind dirt into the floor that are very difficult to repair.
Use doormats at entrances to the home. A doormat will help trap dirt that could end up in the cracks.
Use easy-glide protective buttons on the feet of all furniture. They can help distribute the load and they help eliminate scratches in the floor.
With proper care, your laminate floors can last a for the entive warrantly period.
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