General Care and Maintenance for your laminate flooring
Cleaning instructions for PERGO floors
One of the many advantages with
floors from PERGO is that they are easy to keep clean and beautiful. To make the
cleaning even easier and better PERGO also offers cleaning products specially
developed for laminate floors. By following these simple cleaning tips you will
enjoy your PERGO floors for many years to come.
(without the beater bar) or sweep the floor using the PERGO mop to remove dirt
and dust. Occasionally wipe with a damp PERGO cloth.
Removing ordinary stains
1. Spray PERGO Floor Cleaner directly on the stains/spillage.
2. Let Floor
Cleaner dissolve stains for a few minutes
3. Clean the floor with damp mop
(using only water)
Your PERGO floor should not be waxed or polished. Never
scrub with steel wool or any other coarse material as this may effect the appearance
of the texture
Different textures sometimes require special cleaning. Here
are some simple tips for different textures. If your PERGO floor has any of the
following textures please follow the tips below for best results.
(ex. PERGO Naturaltouch)
In general, dirt sticks harder to floors with matt
textures. Therefore, we recommend that you clean the floor more regularly and
use PERGO Floor Cleaner on the entire floor/area to dissolve dirt stuck to the
surface. A greasy looking surface can occur if you have cleaned the floor in the
wrong way by for example using too much detergent or the wrong detergent like
soap. To remove this film Spray ample PERGO Floor Cleaner over the whole floor
and wait a few minutes for the detergent to dissolve the dirt/grease. Damp mop
the floor and dry mop afterwards. Repeat this procedure until the dirt or greasy
film is removed.
Polished texture (ex. PERGO Exotic)
are often more visible on polished textures. Therefore, for best results, always
wipe with dry mop after damp cleaning.
Floors with bevelled edge (ex. Pergo
Floors with bevelled edges are more sensitive to water since the
bevel acts as a pocket where water can collect. Never wet-clean the floor. Cleaning
with slightly damp mop (very well wrung mop) is possible occasionally but make
sure no water is collected in the bevel. Always dry mop floor immediately.
care of a Pergo floor with the Pergo Stain Removal Guide
Chocolate, Grease, Juice, Cordials, Wine
Warm water and mild detergent
crayon, lipstick, shoe polish, ink, carbon, nail polish or cigarettes
Methylated spirit, acetone or household solvent, petroleum
Candle wax and chewing gum
Allow them harden, then carefully scrape them off
The above Information was Source from Pergo's Web Site 2010
Here for a direct link to Pergo's Cleaning Advice Page
on Cleaning laminate flooring.
General cleaning and care advice from John
Chappell Technical Services.
The best way to keep your laminate floor looking
its best is to understand its limitations. You must follow the maintenance
techniques and schedules from the manufacturer of the flooring you have purchased.
the inception of laminate flooring, ease of maintenance has been one of its largest
assets. Due to the composition and construction of the product, as well as the
extremely hard Aluminum Oxide wear layer (top layers), laminate flooring is perhaps
the easiest type of flooring to maintain.
General daily maintenance
requires vacuuming, sweeping and dust mopping. Several generic cleaning solutions
are also available to clean laminate floors. Most major laminate flooring manufacturers
have their own cleaning kits with instructions. Most kits contain a flat cloth
mop and a spray-on cleaning solution. The cleaner is best sprayed onto the mop-head
and then the floor is wiped clean. It is very important that you follow the maintenance
schedule of the product you purchase. Ask your retailer or manufacturer on the
specifics of maintaining your floor. All of the manufacturers warranties require
a specific maintenance schedule to be followed.
Laminate floors are fade,
stain, dent, burn and scratch resistant. However, it is still possible that you
may end up with a scratch, chip or dent that will require repair. Laminate flooring
is very tough, but it is not 'bullet proof'. Laminate flooring is still classed
as a wood based flooring, please treat it like one.
There are a range of
flooring laminate putty's which can help mask any small chips in your flooring
however, they will not cover or hide scratches. Scratches will fade a little with
use of the flooring depending on how deep, with proper advice and cleaning equipment,
you can reduce the risks of damaging your flooring and keeping it looking new.
laminates are meant to stand up to wear, they keep a new look if you follow this
- Vacuum or sweep the flooring to remove loose
dirt or grit
(*** Caution - do not use any vacuum's
with a rotating beater bar - hard floor attachments only).
Whilst many laminate
flooring manufacturers actually say you can use vacuum's with hard floor attachments,
we recommend you only use a soft brush to clean the surface grit and dirt away
prior to dry mopping. We have found that if your flooring is suffering from a
lot of grit particles on the floor you do risk the chance of some of this grit
getting onto the wheels of the vacuum, and whilst dragging or pushing the vacuum
around the floor, it is possible that a piece of grit can stop some of the smaller
wheels found on today's vacuums from going around, this will result in a scratch
on your laminate floor.
- Flat mop, using the laminate manufacturers
cleaning solution. Spray the cleaning solution onto a DRY flat mop
with a microfibre
cloth, do not saturate or over wet the mop. The mop should
not leave moisture behind the mopped area cleaned, this
should be almost
dry. If your laminate flooring has a wood grain type finish, the flooring should
be mopped in the same direction as the grain. (Most laminates have an impressed
grain affect in the wear layers on wood type finishes) cleaning in the length
of these grains helps bring back the luster of the flooring, only microfibre cloths
can get into these impressed grains, cleaning across the grain is not as affective.
- Never use polish, varnish or wax. Most laminate flooring
have a pre-finished wear layer, this never needs further treatment, only correct
cleaning. There are many aftermarket (generic) laminate floor cleaners on sale
today, many of these cleaners can actually lead to more damage to your laminate
flooring over a long period of time. Many of these aftermarket cleaning products
have glossing agents in them, designed to offer your flooring a glossy clean sparkly
finish or have soap included in there make up. Glossing agents will actually make
your laminate flooring appear patchy, as you use the flooring the walked upon
areas fade as the glossing agent wears off quickly, then your have to constantly
keep glossing your floor to keep it looking good, this is classed as a polish
and the manufacturers can and will invalidate your warrantee as a result if these
products are used, so be warned. The glossing agents and soaps found in many after
market cleaners often cause the flooring to become sticky and this will cause
the flooring to attract dirt rather than repel it. More dirt on your flooring
will lead to more scratching with time.
- Never clean with abrasives, scouring
powder or steel wool.
- Wipe up spills / liquids immediately.
- Avoid allowing any liquids to stand on your floor - including your pets
- Grit is the primary enemy of laminate floors. Install
proper barrier mats at your outside doorways (see below).
advice for you laminate flooring
Never drag any unprotected
furniture or heavy items across your floor. Install 2 -3 mm felt on the bottoms
of all of your furniture, especially tables and chairs.(Felt
protection available from this site Click Here >>). Whilst the furniture
legs may not directly damage your floor, grit building up and trapped between
the floor and the hard furniture legs / bottoms will cause a lot of light scratches.
Installing the felt layer between these two hard surfaces gives the grit somewhere
to go rather than getting pushed into your laminate flooring.
barrier mats. It is essential that proper door mats are used at every entrance
and exit of your home. A good system is to have a coir or Astroturf type mat on
the outside to help remove grit from the treads of your shoes or trainers and
then a rubber backed cotton based mat inside your doorways. This will reduce the
transfer of grit and moisture onto your laminate floors.
Castors - Most
manufacturers say in there leaflets that there floors withstand castors, what
this actually means in many cases is that the castors will not leave indentations
(like they do in carpets). Unprotected castors will damage your flooring,
old metal type castors often found on older lounge chairs offer floor coverings
a point load, often these are strained and at an odd angle or damaged, especially
when you 'land' / sit in your lounge chairs, as a result this can cause indentations
in your laminate flooring, and can even cause the break up of the surface layers.
Plastic castors often found on office chairs come in many shapes and sizes, the
composition of the plastic wheel (how hard it is) makes a dramatic difference
to the affects it has on hard floor coverings. Often the plastic castors build
up with grit particles found on every floor, these particles impress themselves
into the plastic creating an abrasive castor wheel, this chair with use then becomes
a mobile sanding machine and generally results in the failing of the laminate
floors wearlayer. This is rarely a production fault and is a regular complaint
from customers. This can be avoided if the correct advice is given. If you need
to use an office chair on the flooring with plastic castors please use a flat
office chair mat, or alternatively use a normal chair with felt protection on
Laminate floors are best protected against castors with castor cups,
castor cups spread the weight of the furniture thus lowing the point load on the
flooring however, it is very important to cover the bottom of the castor cup with
a soft 2-3 mm felt backing as grit can still gather between the hard floor covering
and the hard castor cup, installing 2-3 mm felt eases this problem.
Here for a link to Pergo's Cleaning Advice Page