Laminate flooring has come a long way.
The picture above is an example of how a beautiful array of laminate floorings are finding their way into our hearts and homes.
Once an inexpensive alternative to real wood, manufactures have since upped their game when it comes to laminate floors. Reaching a quality that home buyers can feel confident they are trying to find the right look to fit their style and not be limited to just a few choices because of their budget. Laminate was developed decades ago and is a layered synthetic flooring product fused together in a lamination process. Currently, manufactures have increased laminate flooring to simulate not only wood but metal, stone & tile look alikes. The top layer has a photographic applique layer that is under a clear protective layer.
Along with its variety of styles, modern laminate is resistant to water, spills and heavy traffic areas. This allows your space looking great longer. Although with most flooring, scratches can happen, manufactures have made laminates much more resistant. Laminate material and the installation also gives buyers an affordable option when hardwood may be out of their price range.
As with any flooring there are certain ways to care for your flooring and prevent damage. Here are a few preventive maintenance tips if you were to choose a laminate floor:
- Be sure to follow the manufactures care instructions.
- Sweep, dust or vacuum loose dirt.
- Wipe spills right away. Excessive water can seep into seams causing swelling.
- Light damp mopping with water can remove most marks and stains.
- Never use wax or acrylic products since they can damage the laminate finish.
For tougher stains visit Better Homes and Gardens: How to Clean Laminate Floors for a complete list.