Laminate Flooring Guide
Laminate flooring is generally a more cost-effective option if you want the look of hardwood (or other surface types). It can be used on any level in your home and is extremely durable and easy to clean, especially with an appropriate laminate floor cleaner.
Here’s a quick breakdown on what makes laminate flooring different form hardwood:
- Construction. While hardwood flooring is made of solid wood, laminate is a composite wood material that is pressed together to make a plank. Laminate flooring is made of several layers, the top two being a photographic layer (to replicate hardwood, tile, stone, etc.) and a protective layer.
- Cost. Because laminate flooring is not made from a single piece of wood, costs can go down tremendously. More expensive laminate flooring is usually cheaper than inexpensive hardwood flooring.
- Repair. Laminate is extremely durable, but cannot be refinished like hardwood. Any deep damage to laminate flooring needs be replaced. Laminate flooring has a typical lifespan of 15 – 25 years.
When it comes to maintaining laminate and hardwood flooring, the techniques used are basically identical.
Use a microfiber dry mop or a vacuum without a rotary brush to pick up everyday dirt and debris. This is the first line of defense since these particles, if left to accumulate, can scratch/wear down the protective surface of laminate flooring.
Use a laminate floor cleaner to refresh and revitalize your floors. Avoid DIY laminate floor cleaners since most of these recipes are water-based. Water and wood don’t mix!
Deep cleaning and/or polishing your laminate floors will help extend its life and beauty. Again, it is recommended to use a specially formulated laminate floor cleaner to avoid issues with DIY accidents that may lead to spots, streaks or other unwanted blemishes.
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