Laminate Care & Maintenance

We understand that not all laminate flooring is created equal. While some of the newer laminate flooring includes waterproof finishes, most do not, so your care and maintenance routine must comply with the manufacturer’s guidelines. For example, Shaw laminate flooring includes wood, so you should never use excessive moisture or a non-approved cleaning solution while caring for their laminate flooring.

At Gregory’s Paint & Flooring, we recommend the following care and maintenance routine for your new laminate floors:

  • Daily care and maintenance of your laminate flooring which includes sweeping, dry mopping, and vacuuming.
  • Immediately wiping away common spills.
  • Blotting and drying liquid spills immediately to prevent warping.

For preventative laminate maintenance:

  • Use doormats at the entry to the room to capture any dirt, sand, or grime that could be tracked onto your flooring.
  • Protect your floors from dents or marks by placing heavy appliances on mats and use wide dollies whenever you need to move furniture across the floor.
  • For stylish protection for your laminate flooring, add an area rug or two to increase its longevity with some flair!

For difficult stains and messes like candle wax and chewing gum or oil-based stains like lipstick and olive oil, consult with the manufacturer’s guidelines for cleaning tough stains and messes. Many of these tougher stains have simple solutions like using nail polish remover or freezing with ice before gently scraping away with a plastic scraper. For specific guidelines, visit Shaw’s laminate flooring cleaning suggestions here.

If you want to give your laminate flooring a deeper clean, use a manufacturer-approved hard surface cleaner.

Additional resources

Below is a list of additional care and maintenance tips, plus stain removal resources, to help keep your laminate flooring looking brand new!

Hard Surface Warranties, Care, and Maintenance

How to Clean Laminate Floors

Repairing Laminate Flooring

R2X Stain & Soil Remover