Tips for your laminate & vinyl

Tips for your laminate & vinyl

Taking care of your laminate & vinyl floors is just as important as taking care of hardwood floors. Follow the tips below to keep them looking brand new!

Tips for your laminate

• Never drag heavy objects across the floor because a laminate floor is comprised of a series of synthetic layers. This may result in deep marks that are difficult to remove. The use of an air sled (rubber blanket) or rollers will protect against this result.
• Cover areas subject to excessive moisture, like the entryways, refrigerator, sink and shower. This will prevent any standing water to penetrate the seams between the laminate that could compromise the glue over time.
• Use rubber pads under furniture to spread the load and protect against
• Clean the floor on a regular basis with a vacuum to remove debris that can cause scratching. As watermarks appear, mopping with a specially chosen mop of micro pores to prevent heavy concentrations of water works well. You will find products specially designed for laminate floors.
• Difficult stains can be removed with nail polish or paraffin without hurting the surface.
• Avoid extremely high humidity on a regular basis in a room with laminate flooring. Laminate flooring has up to a 10-mm standoff from the walls to allow for expansion and contraction as the weather changes. Continuous moisture can cause the laminate to swell at the edges.
• Repair your laminate flooring using wax colors or silicone alternative coloring available at Patina Studios. Use a soft cloth when applying the color. If the damage is extensive, the panel is easily replaced.

Tips for your vinyl

• Avoid walking on the seams for the first 12 hours after installation. Don’t roll anything heavy over the newly installed vinyl floor for this period to prevent permanent compression marks.
• Use an enhanced urethane sealant manufactured for vinyl floors to protect against stains and discoloring. You’ll find these products in all the stores. They act as a shield and make cleaning the floor very easy. Simply use water with a little vinegar or a recommended vinyl floor cleaner with a mop.
• Keep water away from the seams. Although the seams have a sealant applied, it is still possible for water to penetrate to the sub-floor. Dry the area quickly to prevent such a situation.
• Make sure to use only vinyl floor approved floor mats. Some floor mats-especially rubber-have the ability to alter the color of the floor.
• Avoid using a vacuum cleaner with a rotating front rug beater as it can scratch or scar the flooring.
• Avoid the use of abrasive cleaners or scrubbing brushes, as they will mar the finish.
• Apply a good coat of floor polish to protect the finish, make the floor resistant to stains, and allow the easy removal of dirt.
• Use a rinse-free cleaner on a waxed floor to prevent wax buildup. Also, a tablespoon of clear ammonia or dishwashing detergent in a quart of water works well.
• Avoid paraffin-based waxes on the floor as they settle into the pores and attract dirt.

Should you have any questions or are in need of further advice on your flooring, we at Patina Studios welcome the opportunity to be of service. Give us a call at [803] 359-0507 or stop by our showroom. We are proud to offer all variations of flooring at the best value and professional installation with the emphasis on the personal touch.