From semi solid, bamboo, laminate, cork, LVT and more. Wooden flooring has been designed to withstand the brunt of daily life. Thanks to wear layers, laminate floors are not only resistant to scratching and marking, but can also heal and repair minor amounts to damage, leaving you hassle free flooring to enjoy. Check out the video below.
LVT products have a far more durable top layer than most products which is why they can boast stain and water proofing not just resistance, it is the most durable flooring on the market, but as it's such a new product there is less design choice for now.
With laminate and engineered wood, look for the wear layer. The wear layer is a clear layer on top of the wood that acts as a protective barrier. The thicker the wear layer the more durable the flooring. The wear layer can vary in thickness from 2mm up to 6mm. A thicker wear layer means you can sand the floor to renew it a few times before it needs replaced. For example an engineered floor with a 3mm wear layer can be sanded and refinished at least 2 - 3 times. An engineered floor with a 4mm wear layer or thicker can be sanded and refinished 3 - 5 times.
You can always give you wood a helping hand to ensure your flooring stays in near mint condition, regular cleaning and maintenance of your wood flooring can protect it from scuffs and scrapes and also create a water resistant barrier to help defend against moisture issues.
Here are some cleaning and maintenance tips to help you keep your flooring in tip top condition.
1. Use two buckets for wood floor cleaning.
One bucket containing the soap solution and a second bucket with pure water to
rinse the mop. Change the water in the second bucket as needed. This two-bucket
wash method prevents the floor from getting a greyish gleam caused by dirty water.
2. Visible footprints on your freshly washed floor?
The problem may be an excessive dosage of soap. So even though you think you are
doing the floor a favour, it is very important to mix the soap with water as recommended
on the label. Recommendation: Clean the floor with pure, lukewarm water (without soap)
and the footprints will disappear again.
3. Wood cleaner reduces surface tensions.
Surface tensions are present when a basic treatment or maintenance product
does not penetrate into the wood. It is often seen with new and dried-out wood
floors. A thorough cleaning reduces the surface tensions.
4. Vinyl and lacquer care.
The scratches appear as matte areas on the surface when exposed in the light flowing
through windows. Vinyl and lacquer care can also reduce some of the severe wear
under tables, caused by chairs being pulled back and forth, while providing the floor
with a fine matte appearance.
5. Microfiber mops are not recommended.
Many people believe that a microfiber mop is a great tool for wood floor cleaning.
However, microfiber mops are mildly abrasive and will gradually wear down an oil finish.
Recommendation: Use a quality mop / cotton yarn twist mop instead.
6. Why you shouldn't use soap flakes.
Many people consider soap flakes to be a wonderful cleaning product at home for a
variety of things. However, this product does not have a beneficial effect on wood. Soap
flakes basically degrease and dry out the wood, while weakening the natural properties
of the wood. Subsequently the risk of splits is increased radically.
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