Caring for your new laminate flooring
Before diving into laminate flooring care, it's important to understand that not all laminate flooring is created equal. Some newer products include waterproof finishes; many do not. Shaw laminate, for example, includes wood in its construction. Therefore, it's important to avoid excessive moisture and products that could damage wood. As always, you should check with your manufacturer's guidelines before establishing a care and maintenance routine.
Daily care and routine maintenance suggestions
Daily care and maintenance should include sweeping, dry mopping, and vacuuming with a hard-surface flooring attachment. Use doormats to capture any dirt, sand, or grime that could be tracked onto your flooring. Protect your flooring from dents or marks by placing heavy appliances on mats and use wide dollies whenever you need to move furniture across the floor.
Dealing with spills
Most common household messes should wipe or sweep away with ease. Blot and dry any liquid spills as quickly as possible to avoid warping. For difficult stains and messes, such as candle wax, chewing gum, or oil-based stains like lipstick and olive oil, consult with your manufacturer’s guidelines. If you want to give your laminate flooring a deeper clean, use a manufacturer-approved hard surface cleaner.