Due to its affordable price and practicality, laminate flooring is one of the most popular flooring options. True, to maintain an attractive appearance, it requires careful care. Following certain rules during cleaning can significantly extend the life of your floor.
Features of the laminated coating
A quality laminate combines the following properties:
- high strength;
- wear resistance;
- good sound insulation;
- long service life;
- variety of design solutions;
- ease of installation.
Due to its practical properties, this floor is used in rooms for various purposes - residential buildings, offices and even public places. A well-thought-out system allows you to quickly and effortlessly lay the panels close to each other, creating a reliable design.
IMPORTANT! Where the planks are interconnected, joints are formed. If you regularly fill them with water, over time it can spoil the flooring.
In more expensive versions, the grooves and ridges are additionally treated with a special water-repellent composition, which increases their stability. Relatively affordable copies, unfortunately, can not boast of this. Therefore, the laminate needs special care.
Rules for washing a laminate at home
To avoid scratches, stains and other unpleasant consequences, compliance with simple recommendations will help:
- Large garbage is usually pre-collected with a vacuum cleaner or a broom, and then proceed to wet cleaning.
- Do not wet the floor with water. It is necessary that the moisture has time to evaporate in time and does not penetrate between the joints.
- You should open a balcony or window, thanks to the fresh air, all moisture will evaporate faster.
- A suitable mop must be purchased. Towels and old T-shirts should not be used - they leave stains, and make the surface more dull.
- At the end, it is advisable to wipe the floor with a flannel cloth. This not only removes moisture, but also polishes the surface to a shine.
- Laminate does not tolerate daily water procedures, so it is not recommended to carry them out too often.
Usually, cleaning is carried out with warm or hot water. If necessary, add a little detergent.
How to wash a laminate so that there are no stains
As practice shows, traditional regular cleaning is enough to maintain cleanliness. In some difficult cases non-aggressive stain removers and specialized gels with a neutral pH level can come to the rescue, which can be purchased at almost any store.
ATTENTION! You should check the effect of the detergent in an inconspicuous area in advance. If this is not done, the flooring can be seriously damaged.
As for the tools at hand, it is recommended to use a certain inventory for work:
- soft broom;
- ordinary vacuum cleaner;
- a mop with suitable nozzles;
- set of textile napkins.
If the use of household chemicals is contraindicated or undesirable, a proven folk recipe comes to the rescue. In 10 liters of water add 200 ml of table vinegar. The prepared solution should thoroughly wash the floor and ventilate the room from a characteristic smell. It is better to use hot water, then the moisture will evaporate faster.
Than you can not wash the laminate
It is important to consider that the laminate is a rather whimsical material, and compositions with aggressive components are contraindicated for it. These include:
- products containing chlorine - whiteness and some other solutions (they can greatly change the shade of the decorative coating);
- acetone can destroy the structure of panels;
- various powders cause scratches.
It is also necessary to remember that the regular ingress of large amounts of water into the cracks will inevitably lead to damage to the floor covering.
How to wash hard to remove stains on the laminate
Usually, many stains are easily removed with a damp and then dry rag. Hard-to-remove stains can be removed using specialized tools or folk recipes:
- Traces of greens or markers can be removed using cologne or medical alcohol. You need to slightly moisten the cotton pad and carefully treat it with the contaminated area.
- Wine stains are also processed with alcohol.
- Grease stains can help to effectively remove glass detergents.
- Dark traces of slippers are easily removed with a regular stationery eraser.
- It may be difficult to clean the laminate after repair, so it should first be covered with plastic wrap. This will help protect the coating from building materials. After removing the film, the trash that has just gotten cleaned with a soft broom.
REFERENCE! Chewing gum must first be frozen with an ice cube, and then carefully removed from the surface.
Soda and vinegar essence will help to remove dried mud. The solution is applied to the stain and after a few minutes, wipe with a damp cloth. Of course, the ideal option is the timely cleaning of the pollution so that it does not have time to dry.
Features of care for light and dark coating
Experts emphasize that light and dark coatings have their own characteristics. The following factors must be considered:
- On any light background, all dark particles are clearly visible, because of which you have to wash floors more often. Sand and small pebbles from the street scratch the surface and leave dark traces on it. In addition, dust and dirt make any scratches and dents more visible. For this reason, it is important to prevent significant mechanical damage to the floor.
- On the coating of noble dark shades, all dust particles are even more visible. To ensure that there are no stains left after cleaning, it is recommended to carry out a cleaning procedure twice. First, all dirt is removed, and then the surface is thoroughly washed with clean water and polished to a characteristic shine.
Thus, the laminate is a universal floor covering with excellent properties, but it must be carefully looked after. It is important to choose the right material for the specific situation, and then use it carefully. Proper care can significantly extend the life of the finishing material.