Taking care of floating floors is not hard, but it is something that everyone must keep in mind when they are choosing this type of flooring. If the proper care is not taken with this type of flooring, it could become damaged, which would result in new flooring being needed.
It is important to follow some easy steps to keep the floor in like new condition. Besides normal sweeping and vacuuming, you will want to address the type of cleaners to use as well as what to do for spills and what to do with your furnishings.
Things you will need:
• Dust mop (broom or vacuum)
• Floating floor soap
• Terrycloth hooded mop
• Plastic scraper
When you have to clean the floor with water and a mop, never flood the flooring with water. Use a soap cleaner that is recommended for floating floors. The mop can be dampened with the water solution and then used on the floor. Use a terry cloth mop head to protect the flooring. Do not use harsh abrasives on the flooring.
After mopping the floor, you may have a dull finish. Do not use wax or polishes on the flooring. Use a damp clean white cloth and go over the floor with water. The cloth should be slightly wet. Polishing and waxing will ruin the flooring finish.
If you spill chocolate, grease, wine or juice on the flooring, use a white cloth and some cleaning solution to do spot cleaning. First, wipe up the mess and then use the cleaner to get the grime left behind.
If you have nail polish, dried foods, ink, crayon, paint, shoe polish, asphalt or cigarette burns, you need to use a white rag dampened with nail polish remover or alcohol and spot cleaner to remove. Do not rub hard on the spot.
If you have gum or candle wax on the flooring, allow it to harden. Then use a plastic scraper to lift the mess. This should be done very carefully. Then just clean with a damp cloth and spot cleaner.
Keep furnishings on felt protectors that are non-staining. This allows you to move the furnisher without damaging the floor. It is always better to use something that will allow you to move the furniture easily if needed. Plastic clear protectors will not always move with the furniture.
Dust and Stains
Care of the floating floor is relatively easy. There are some circumstances where you will need to use a little muscle to clean the floor, but for the most part, this type of floor is maintenance free. One tip for dust mopping is to spray a little Endust on the mop, but allow the dust mop to dry before using on the flooring. This will help attract dirt and dust that can otherwise be repelled by a dust mop.
If you find stand water or even pet urine on the floor, wipe up immediately to prevent damage. Any pet urine that is allowed to sit on the floor for long periods of time, could discolor or make the finish of the flooring become dull. Pet urine does eat away at the finish of any floor. Keep the floor clean by using throw rugs in front of entryways. Keep all wet shoes on a mat and not on the flooring directly.