Even though they are known for being durable, laminate floors must be maintained. Regular sweeping or vacuuming is recommended to remove dirt and dust. Damp mopping will also help to keep floors clean, though excessive water should be avoided and floors should be wiped dry after mopping is complete. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or soap-based detergents that can dull or damage laminate. When in doubt, follow manufacturer recommendations on cleaning products and practices.
For minor damage, such as scratches, many manufacturers create “touch-up kits” that can help with repair. Because of the ease of installation with laminate, severely damaged planks can often be replaced with new ones, posing little inconvenience and no damage to the surrounding flooring. If you’re concerned about damage to an existing laminate floor, feel free to contact us and a Floor Store associate can help answer your questions.
No. Unlike real wood, laminate floors cannot be sanded and refinished. However, laminate flooring is designed to be extremely durable and is less likely to show scratches and dents than hardwood.