Vacuum or sweep with a soft-bristle broom regularly, especially before using floor cleaners, to prevent gritty dirt and particle buildup that can scratch the floor’s surface. Don’t use vacuums with a beater bar or power rotary brush head. Wipe up spills and spots immediately. Carefully remove stubborn stains such as paint, oil, markers, lipstick, and tar with an acetone-based fingernail polish remover. Use ice to harden tough substances, such as candle wax or chewing gum, and then gently scrape with a plastic scraper, such as a credit card. Be careful not to scratch the flooring surface. Wipe the area clean with a soft, slightly damp cloth.
Other Maintenance Techniques
High-quality floor mats at entrances and exits are key to reducing laminate wear. They collect and trap all the corrosive substances that can be tracked in from outdoors, including dirt, sand, grit, oil, asphalt, or even driveway sealer. Also, use mats in areas of constant pressure, such as in front of vanities, kitchen sinks, and stoves.
Attach felt or similar protective pads to all furniture legs, particularly heavy pieces. When you’re moving furniture, appliances, or other heavy objects, use a dolly; never slide or roll anything across the floor. If furniture has hard plastic or metal casters/wheels, use protective mats underneath or replace them with soft rubber casters.
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