What laminate likes Laminate likes temperatures from +18 to+25°C and relative humidity from 40 to 70%.
High humidity makes laminate and the other wooden materials expand. Too dry air (for example, from air conditioners and warm floors) makes laminate shrink. That’s why, when home heating is switched on, it is recommended to use humidifiers (small fountains).
Dirt is dangerous Laminate has a solid water-resistant surface, which is durable and wear-resistant. Dust doesn’t adhere to it and dirt can be easily removed. The dirt brought to the house from the street is dangerous, as it is easily trampled into the floor. It damages floor; sand and grit act as an abrasive paper leaving scratches. Therefore, try not to bring dirt inside the house, wiping thoroughly your feet outside a threshold. Put a big carpet in front of the entrance door.
Without polish and varnish It is strictly prohibited to polish laminated floors with beeswax and polishing agents as they do not adhere to water-resistant coating do not penetrate into it and make unattractive spots. It is also no need to cover laminate with varnish. It’s enough to sweep or vacuum the floor regularly. At wet cleaning wring out floor cloth thoroughly. Laminate is afraid of moisture. If you spoilt any liquid, wipe it immediately.
You can wipe laminate with a cloth treated by a special dip. Do it with a well-drained cloth in a lengthwise direction of panels. This way you will clean shoe, dressing, wax chalk and glue prints, remove adherent dirt and even traces from marker ink pens. But do go too far: laminate does not like chemicals! It is prohibited to use steam cleaners: under the influence of hot steam laminate unglues!
Repairing the floor If, despite all safety measures, you damaged laminate, small scratches can be concealed with a help of wax pencil. Hide deep spallings with the help of a special paste of a suitable color or a filling-up for wood, adding into it a color of a necessary tone.
It’s better to choose laminate of light colors; scratches are less visible on it. On laminate with parquet like pattern in a staggered order, joints are not visible. Laminate of 32 and 33 class, with10 mm thickness, is more suitable for home use. Lock laminate is more preferable: it doesn’t need any glue it is easy to change. Pay attention to wax-bearing butt ends of laminated panels, they will better join together. Underlay is obligatory, sufficient thickness is 2 mm. It’s better to choose skirting for laminate with a channel and rubber ends. In some years, edges of laminate start to crumble – it’s the main disadvantage of laminate. By the way Life time of laminate can be prolonged if you glue felt glides on legs of tables, chairs, cupboards. It will help to avoid scratches. If you furniture has old- structured rolls with hard and sharp edges, then change them into modern soft rubber rolls.
Removing spots from laminate. Rubber, heels, dirt from the street, cosmetic cream and color pencils – — -> Wipe off with a dry white nylon pad.
Fruits, milk, berries, beer, wine, lemonade — > Immediately wipe off with a well-absorbing cloth or, if spots are dry, with a cleaning agent for laminated coatings, after it wipe laminate with a dry cloth. Blood —> Immediately wipe off with a wet cloth or, if spots are dry, with a dry white nylon pad.
Nail polish, shoe polish, lubricants, ink or marker ink pens, mascara, lipstick, carbon pape —> Wipe off with a cloth, soaked in solvent, for example, acetone, concentrated acetic acid, nail polish remover, universal solvents, but , try not to go outside the spot.
Chocolate, animal and vegetable fats—-> Remove with a help of a suitable cleaning agent for laminated floors.