Why You Should Get Laminate
Laminate flooring brings the beauty of a natural wood floor and the easy maintenance of a resilient floor together so you can have the style you want and the carefree maintenance you need.
Laminate is a category of flooring that is constructed of durable wood materials and a realistic laminate layer printed to mimic the looks of hardwood, stone, or marble. The printed layer is covered with a strong wear layer that protects the visual and makes the flooring durable. Recent technology has allowed some laminate to be water-resistant, making it a good option for high-traffic and moisture-prone areas in your home. Today’s laminates create stunning visuals that are often hard to differentiate from their hardwood and tile counterparts. Much like Luxury vinyl plank and tile, laminate also allows for easier installation. Because laminate flooring planks are designed to interlock, they are much easier to install and can often be “floated” on top of an existing floor. This means that the floor is not actually glued or nailed directly to the subfloor.
Laminate Care and Maintenance
By observing the following precautions, you can expect years of beauty from your laminate floor. For general cleaning, use a dust mop or wipe occasionally with a damp cloth mop. If heavier cleaning is needed, an occasional damp mopping with Resista floor cleaner or other mild cleaning product is suggested. Do not use soap or detergent-based cleaners, wax-based products, or any type of polish as they leave a dull, filmy residue. Do not flood your floor with water or clean with a steam cleaner. To help eliminate fine particles of dirt and grit which act like sandpaper and will scratch any floor, vacuum or sweep daily. The vacuum head must be a felt or brush type. Be certain that the wheels of the vacuum are clean and do not damage the finish. Do not use a vacuum with a beater bar head unless the beater bar is switched off.
Place protective pads beneath furniture legs, tables, and other easily movable furniture to reduce scratches. Replace plastic casters on chairs with rubber wheels, and lift rather than slide heavy objects across the floor. Remove shoes with spiked or damaged heels before walking on the floor. Spiked or stiletto high-heel shoes may cause damage to laminate floors due to the extremely high compression force they generate. Such footwear can produce dynamic loads in excess of 1000 pounds per square inch, even when worn by someone of slight or average build. As an added protection, use dirt-trapping walk-off mats at all exterior doors to help keep sand, dirt, and grit off your laminate floor.
Yes. Space age technology and finishes are used in the manufacturing. Laminates consist of a plastic surface that has been adhered to a dense wood core and a synthetic backing material. The construction is designed to stand up to the daily wear and tear of your busy home.
No floor is closer to true maintenance-free performance. Ordinary sweeping and vacuuming are the best ways of maintaining your new laminate floor. Wipe up spills immediately, and mop occasionally with Resista Floor Cleaner or other flooring product recommended by and available for purchase at Barb-Lin Carpet One.
Yes, you can “do it yourself” but we recommend using our professionally trained installers. We pride ourselves on the quality of installation we provide our customers. If you have any questions or problems after your new laminate floor is installed, we are just a phone call away.