Published at Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 - 17:14:32 PM. Laminate Flooring. By Lorraina Picard.
There are more than a few reasons why the use of laminate flooring has caught on so quickly, among them the easy installation, its durability and its ease in maintenance and cleaning. Most floors are warranted from between 10 to 25 years, depending on the brand, and by using a few simple tips on cleaning a laminate floor, it can turn out to look as good as new during the lifetime of the warranty and beyond. While laminate flooring may present the impression of being made of hardwood, it is important to remember the construction when using the tips on cleaning a laminate floor. Laminate flooring is made simply by using three or more layers of fiberboard impregnated with resins and waterproofing chemicals for strength and the resistance to water damage and staining. The outer layer is basically a thin applique, which is what gives the flooring its visual appeal. For tips on cleaning a laminate floor and to facilitate it retain its luster, understanding the surface qualities can reveal how easy it can be to maintain.
Originating as a company making lacquered boards for the shipbuilding industry, Alloc started production of high pressure laminate flooring in 1992. In 1996 it introduced a mechanical locking system that allows the laminate boards to be laid without glue. Originally, most laminate floors replicated only the most in-demand wood floors. As laminate grew in popularity however, other looks were introduced, including highly realistic stone and marble. Unlike solid wood or engineered wood flooring products which are usually nailed or glued to the sub floor, laminate flooring floats on the sub floor. The individual strips or planks of many laminate systems snap together while other systems do require the application of small amount of adhesive along the joints. Unlike traditional hardwood floors, laminate floors do not require periodic sanding and refinishing. The top protective layer is all that's needed. Unlike hardwood flooring, there is no need to polish your laminate floor. You can simply clean it with wet cloth and vacuum cleaner to dust out the dirt.
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