Laminate flooring is a great solution to any flooring situation - whether you want some high-quality wooden type laminate for a living room or dining room; or if you want an anti-bacterial, low maintenance option for bathrooms or for kitchens to make cleaning and mopping up spillages and stains simple.

But even these simple and easy flooring solutions require some effort to maintain to ensure that they last as long as possible and don't need replacing frequently. WIth our laminate flooring care guide, you can be certain that your flooring will last many years and still look as great as when you first got it!

Do I need to sweep my laminate?

Sweeping the laminate floor is an absolute must, especially if you intend to use a specialised cleaning product on the flooring. Sweeping the floor will allow you to remove all of the larger pieces of dirt and bits from the floor.

Whilst this could seem like something that could be done by just using the cleaner, this could actually result in the floor getting scratched as mops and cloths push around the larger piece of dirt. Regularly sweeping the floor is a great way of keeping on top of this without making it into too big a job when you come to clean the floor properly.

What's the best laminate floor cleaner?

When cleaning you laminate floor you need to make sure that you use a specific laminate floor cleaner. General cleaners will get the job done but over time they will affect the quality of the flooring which could lead to warping or discolouration of the boards.

Laminate floor cleaners are readily available on the market - we even sell some ourselves - and most of them will ensure that your flooring is cleaned and shined at the same time without compromising the integrity of the flooring.

How do I use laminate floor cleaner?

Some cleaners will need to be diluted into warm water in order to be effective, but there are other cleaners that need to be sprayed directly onto the floor before being wiped or mopped up.

Different strength cleaner can be made using the dilution kind of cleaner by applying it undiluted to a particularly stubborn stain or adding more solution into the water to make it stronger if you haven't done it in a while.

If you have a mop then this should be used mostly dry and not applied wet to the floor directly, try to wring it out before applying to the floor to prevent damaging the floor. A cloth works just as well as a mop but again, don't add it to the floor when it is soaking.

Does laminate flooring need to be polished

No, you do not need to polish laminate flooring as the laminate floor cleaner usually have a polish and shine element to it that also prevents static build up on the flooring. It is not advisable to use furniture polish to any laminate flooring as this can make the surface extremely slippery and could be hazardous.

Laminate flooring does not need to be treated in any way specifically other than being cleaned regularly with the floor cleaner. Unlike wooden flooring, there are no re-finishing or sanding down that needs to be done to maintain it.

How do I protect my flooring from furniture?

If your furniture has legs than it is advisable to add rubber or felt cushioned pads to the bottom of them which are readily available from most homeware stores. These will attach using adhesive to the bottom of the feet and form a barrier between the leg and the flooring.

Load-bearing caster wheels are a common feature on certain items of furniture and these are normally fine to place onto laminate flooring directly; however, as with all furniture we would advise against dragging them along the floor when moving them and always suggest lifting when moving to avoid damaging the flooring.

WIll pets scratch the flooring?

The surface of laminate flooring is generally very hardwearing and the movement of dogs, cats or other pets shouldn't result in scratches to your flooring although there may be some general wear and tear over time if their claws aren't kept short.

This largely depends on the quality of the laminate flooring, higher quality products tend to have better durability when it comes to wear and tear with products at the lower end of the market more likely to scratch quicker.

Is the antibacterial coating safe?

Most laminate flooring products are sealed with an anti-bacterial coating on them to prevent bacteria growing and becoming a problem. This is especially useful in areas of the house like a kitchen or bathroom which can often be damp or exposed to moisture.

This coating simply prevents bacteria from having a place to grow by preventing anything topical sinking into the nooks and crannies of the detail, allowing them to be simply and efficiently wiped away during cleaning.