Spring Cleaning Your Laminate Floors

Spring is just around the corner, and as those of us in more temperate climates will know, the shifting of seasons tends to bring unpredictable weather changes. These sudden fluctuations between warm and cold, extra moisture in the air, and the influx of dirt and grit can put additional strain on your floor without the proper precautions. At Ashley Fine Floors we carry a wide range of flooring options, including the widely popular Beaulieu and Richmond laminate lines. With laminate being such valuable option for homeowners wanting style on a wallet-friendly price point, we’ve compiled a few tips for protecting your flooring during the spring. Check out our guide below!

Tend to Any ‘Seasonal Debris’ Promptly

As the snow melts, the presence of moisture, salt, sand, and other winter staples becomes hard to avoid in your home. Prevent your floors from buckling, warping, or gaining unsightly stains by placing mats at each entrance to your home as well as in high traffic “transition areas” (i.e. garage to mudroom or living room to kitchen). You’ll also want to be quick to mop up any puddles, and to gently remove any salt or dirt marks with a damp microfiber cloth. Avoid the use of any abrasive cleaning tools, as they may scratch or damage your finish.

Invest in Soap-Free Cleaners

While laminate flooring is durable and meant to withstand most stressors, you’ll want to make sure you’re using the right treatments when cleaning. Steer clear of using excess water when mopping, as well as soaps, waxes, or polishes that leave behind a residue; not only will these products typically give you a streaky finish, but they may damage the sealing of the flooring itself.

Spot Cleaning and Regular ‘Quick Sweeps’ Go a Long Way

Laminate floors are low maintenance, but the best way to enhance the longevity of your product is routine upkeep. Spot cleaning any spills, taking a few minutes to sweep up dirt, pet dander, and giving things a quick wipe down every so often will keep your floors in optimal shape between deep cleans. When it comes to a more thorough clean, try a microfiber cloth or mop soaked in hot water, making sure you wring out any excess liquid.

Following these tips will keep your laminate looking fresh and ready for spring. Learn more about the benefits of laminate flooring, as well as our other flooring options, including hardwood and carpeting by contacting our team today!


Laminate Flooring Winter Care

As those of us that live in colder climates will know, the winter months can be harsh on your property, especially when it comes to caring for your flooring. If you’ve read our previous blog on winter carpet maintenance you’ll know that snow and dirt present some unique challenges for homeowners. In this blog, we’ll highlight a few best practices to keep your laminate floors looking their best year round!

Moisture is a Chief Concern

With winter comes the dreaded trudge of melted snow and mud. Luckily, laminate’s composition means it’s already resistant to moisture build-up. Even so, to make sure your floors last as long as possible it’s important to minimize the presence of extra moisture in your home. You can do this by placing extra mats in high traffic entrance areas, taking off shoes as you come and go, and by immediately mopping up any sudden spills or puddles.

Protect Against Debris

Another challenge presented by cold weather is the presence of de-icing materials that have abrasive qualities that may damage your finish. Protect your floors against salt, sand, and grit by wiping your shoes before you enter your home, and by sweeping at least once a week. Regular cleaning prevents buildup and saves you the headache of further potential damage.

Avoid Exposure to the Elements

If you’re constantly coming and go from your house, there’s a chance that your flooring may experience negative effects from being exposed to cold air full of moisture. Over exposure to the elements can warp your laminate over time, meaning that it’s best to minimize the presence of cold air or sudden temperature changes when possible.

To learn more about caring for your floors and the benefits of laminate tiles, in particular, contact our team today!