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Laminate floors provide a distinct beauty and warmth to your home. Regular care will keep your floor looking new. The most effective way to care for your laminate floor is to vacuum, dust mop and occasionally damp mop.

Laminate floors are beautiful and very durable but not indestructible. Floors can dull when unattended dirt acts as an abrasive on its surface. You can avoid this by sweeping or vacuuming regularly to remove loose dirt and grit. You can use a broom or, to make the job faster, use a vacuum cleaner without a beater bar. Vacuum cleaner attachments are also useful to pick up dirt from between planks or along edges.

Placing doormats or walk-off mats at each entryway will collect excessive moisture and dirt before they enter the house. Glides or floor protectors on the bottom of furniture will prevent possible scratching or abrasion. Remember to lift heavy furniture instead of dragging or pulling them.

Spot cleaning and occasional complete cleaning can be done using the manufacturer's recommended products. Do not use abrasive cleaners, steel wool or scouring powder. Do not use soap-based detergents or mop-and-shine products. Do not wax or polish your laminate floor. Never flood the floor with water or cleaner. Laminate flooring can expand if excessive water is used while cleaning. After damp mopping, use a clean dry cloth to wipe the floor thoroughly. Tough, stubborn stains such as paint or adhesive should be removed with alcohol or acetone.