February 7th, 2017
The floors in your home or business are undoubtedly the most used daily feature. People and pets walk and run on the floors, things get spilled, dust and dirt gets accumulated, furniture gets moved, objects fall- literally anything you do impacts the flooring in some way. It becomes essential, then, to have good quality, durable flooring that is best suited for your needs. There are many types of flooring options available on the market today. From different types of carpets, hardwood flooring, tile, laminate, and more, there is sure to be something suitable for your every need. Laminate floors have become very popular in recent times due to their high durability and versatility.
Why Choose Laminate
Chicago Laminate flooring is one of those very few products that have made a big splash in the home improvement market. It has been marketed as a cost effective, easy to install, and durable choice of flooring. Homeowners who have chosen laminate flooring, have provided great reviews after using it and this has helped it to become more popular. Laminate does seem to live up to its reputation of being a tough material that shows good resistance to scratches, stains, and dents.
Since it does not need to be nailed, stapled, or glued to a subfloor, installation is relatively easy and inexpensive. Unlike real wood, laminate does not expand or contract and it can be used in any area and over just about any substrate, including concrete, wood, and previously installed vinyl flooring. Newer and better textures and designs give laminate a beautiful, real wood look and feel like never before.
Keeping your Laminate Floors Clean
Laminate floors can be easy to clean and maintain with the right tools and the right steps. Here are three useful tips.
Tip 1: Use a microfiber mop to clean your laminate floors. These mops can glide smoothly over the laminate, picking up hair, dust, and other debris. Their swivel handles make it a breeze to clean around furniture. Remember not to use much water or cleaning solution- just dampen the microfiber pad if needed- because water can easily warp laminate flooring. Even if you purchase top quality laminate and have it installed by a reputable installation company such as Classic Floors Chicago, moisture will warp laminate floors over time. Alternatively, you can vacuum your laminate flooring by setting the vacuum on the wood floor setting.
Tip 2: Sometimes your floors don’t just need dust bunnies and hair to be swept up- spills can happen too. Use a paper towel, sponge, or dry cloth to blot up the spill. To prevent warping, do not let anything wet stay on your laminate floor for too long. With wood floors, you are able to use wax, cleaners, and other chemicals to polish and shine the hardwood. But remember, laminate is not wood, so you should never polish or wax your laminate floors. If you have any questions, call a professional flooring company for any type of service or repair. In Chicago, laminate floors can be expertly installed, serviced, or repaired by Classic Floors Chicago. Just call us at 773-656-1727 to find out more about our products and services.
Tip3: Even with the best of care, you may find yourself facing an especially tough stain, scratch, or other damage to your laminate floor. How do you take care of these? Below is a list of some common stains/marks you may happen to get on your laminate floors, and how to remove them.
- Grease – This might be a more common stain, especially on kitchen floors. Place an ice pack over the grease to harden it. Once hardened, use a plastic knife to carefully scrape it off. Any remaining residue can be cleaned with a squirt of window cleaner and a damp cloth.
- Ink – Wipe with a damp cloth, using a little detergent if needed.
- Nail polish – Use nail polish remover just as you would on your nail. Wipe with a warm damp cloth when you are done.
- Wine or soda – Wipe with a damp cloth.
- Scuff marks/ heel marks – Use a regular pencil eraser to rub away the marks.
- Crayons – Use mineral spirits on a damp cloth and wipe.
With regular cleaning and proper maintenance, your laminate floors can last you for years. You can take care of the floor yourself with easy cleaning steps. But for more difficult problems, make sure to hire reputable professionals to fix the issue.
In Chicago, flooring of all kinds can be repaired, cleaned, and installed by the leading flooring company- Classic Floors Chicago. With 15 years of experience in the industry, we at Classic Floors Chicago strive to provide you with top quality service and gain your trust. With our expert professionals and state-of-the-art equipment, you can be sure of getting the best service.