Protect Your Laminate Flooring: Products To Avoid
Laminate flooring products are cleaners and solutions that can be used to clean your laminate flooring. While laminate flooring is easier to clean than most, there are some cleaning products that should not be used on the laminate floor.
Why It's Important to Protect the Flooring
Taking care of the outer-most layer of your laminate flooring will ensure that it lasts for many years. This is so because the top of laminate floor is covered melamine wear-layer, a resin-filled membrane that rests on the top of the floor. This layer protects the print layer, which gives the floor its appearance. If the wear-layer is damaged, the print layer becomes vulnerable. The damage to the wear-layer and the print layer is virtually impossible to repair. The layers underneath the print layers will also be more vulnerable, although to a lesser extent.
Which Cleaners to Avoid
Avoid the following cleaners and products to ensure the durability of your laminate flooring:
- Harsh and Abrasive Cleaners – The term refers to cleaners that contain ingredients which can entirely remove the melamine layer from the floor. You can tell which cleaners are abrasive by checking the ingredients on the product. Abrasive cleaners contain significant amount of grit, acids, and alkalis.
- Soap-Based Detergents – While they are not quite as strong as the above-mentioned cleaners, they can be dangerous for similar reasons if applied in large quantities.
- Scouring Pads – These pads contain steel wool, which can leave scratches on the floor.
- Water – While it’s okay to use a damped mop, water should not be applied directly to the floor. You should not use mops that make large puddles. While laminate flooring can resist spills, large quantities of water can seep under the floor, causing damage to the underlying structure. It can also warp the flooring’s core, and with it, the rest of the floor’s layers.