Laminate Flooring Care

Laminate Flooring is naturally durable; learn how to keep it looking great while standing up to the toughest household conditions.

Follow routine maintenance guidelines to clean your laminate flooring:

  • Use a damp cloth to blot up spills as soon as they happen. Never allow liquids to stand on your floor.


  • Sweep, dust, or vacuum the floor regularly with the hard floor attachment (not the beater bar) to prevent accumulation of dirt and grit that can scratch or dull the floor finish.


  • Periodically clean the floor with cleaning products made specifically for laminate floor care. Fore optimum results, we recommend Shaw's R2X Hard Surfaces Floor Cleaner or Quick-Step's laminate cleaner.


  • Do not wash or wet mop the floor with soap, water, oil-soap detergent, or any other liquid cleaning material. This could cause swelling, warping, delamination, and joint-line separation, and void the warranty.


  • Do not use steel wool, abrasive cleaners, or strong ammoniated or chlorinated type cleaners.


  • Do not use any type of buffing or polishing machine.


  • For spots such as candle wax or chewing gum, harden the spot with ice and then gently scrape with a plastic scraper, such as a credit card. Be careful not to scratch the flooring surface. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.


  • A more frequent dust-mopping or vacuuming schedule may be required in very sandy areas such as a beach home.


Protect your laminate flooring to keep it looking like new:

  • Entry mats will help collect the dirt, sand, grit and other substances such as oil, asphalt, or driveway sealer that might otherwise be tracked onto your floor.


  • To prevent slippage of area rugs, use an approved vinyl rug underlayment.


  • Use D-Fender Pads and wide-load bearing leg bases/rollers to minimize the chance of indentations and scratches from heavy objects. As a rule, the heavier the object, the wider the floor protector.


  • Maintain a normal indoor relative humidity level between 35% and 65% throughout the year to minimize the natural expansion and contraction of the wood.


    • Heating season (Dry): A humidifier is recommended to prevent excess shrinkage due to low humidity levels. Wood stove and electric heat tend to create very dry conditions.


    • Non-Heating Season (Wet): An air conditioner, dehumidifier, or periodically turning on your heating will help to maintain humidity levels during summer months.


  • Avoid excessive exposure to water during periods of inclement weather.


  • Keep your pets nails trimmed to prevent them from scratching your floor.


  • Never try to slide heavy objects across the floor.


  • A protective mat should be used for furniture or chairs with castors.