Pergo Laminate Flooring - How To Maintain Pergo Flooring's Upper-Class Looks

by Rika Susan - Date: 2007-04-30 - Word Count: 755 Share This!

With Pergo Laminate Flooring in your home, your tedious polishing days are over. Once you have done your do-it-yourself installation duty, you will discover that you have a low-maintenance, easy-care floor that doesn't lend itself to flooring fiasco's. So, how exactly do you take care of this gleaming new baby in the home? With a bit of Pergo Laminate Flooring know-how, you are sure to click with the newest member of the family home...

With Pergo Laminate Flooring, your first rule is to view water and other fluids as enemy number one. Any standing fluids may leak into the joints of the flooring, causing the all-important inner core to swell. In next to no time, you will have an unsightly buckling, warping, blistering floor. In bathrooms and kitchens you need to be diligent about sealing and the use of glue. Every nook and cranny needs to be treated with your caulking gun if you are to preserve the good looks of your Pergo Laminate Flooring.

Immediately after installing the Pergo Laminate Flooring, you may wish to try the After Installation Cleaner that will take care of glue residue and the dust caused by the cutting of planks.

Pergo Laminate Flooring's texture doesn't have an affinity for dirt and dust. Therefore, keeping the floor spotless is a snap. For day to day dirt, a dust mop or brushless vacuum is all you need. From time to time, a wipe with a damp mop will suffice.

The major laminate flooring manufacturers all have their own dedicated cleaning products. Pergo Laminate Flooring has a Laminate and Hard Surface Cleaner. This product is simply sprayed on and wiped off. It should take care of spots such as wine, juice or grease. Alternatively, a mixture of 1 cup vinegar to a gallon warm water can be used, but never make this a wet, watery wash. Always dry the mop thoroughly before going near the flooring.

Pergo Laminate Flooring has an aversion to detergent-based cleaners, waxes, polish, abrasive cleaners and scouring pads. Don't touch your floor with any of these. The waxes leave a dull film and the cleaners may damage the protective wear layer. You need to take great care to follow the warranty maintenance conditions closely. Any deviation from these may void your guarantee.

If you wish, you may opt for the complete Pergo Laminate Flooring cleaning kit. This will equip you with an aluminum mop with 3-part handle, a mop cloth with velcro fasteners, a spray bottle with cleaner, as well as the After Installation Cleaner.

Ordinary acetone nail polish remover takes care of tough spots such as lipstick, crayon, paint or cigarette burns on your Pergo Laminate Flooring. Don't use the remover on the moldings. Candle wax or chewing gum can be hardened with ice and then gently scraped off with a blunt plastic scraper. Do this with great care.

Apart from general cleaning, you simply need to use a bit of common sense to retain your Pergo Laminate Flooring's shine and style for years to come. One of the best things you can do, is to place non-slip rugs in doorways. This precaution will trap much of the gravel and grit that would otherwise be trudged all over your floors, causing scratches and scuff marks. Just ensure that the backing of the rugs is safe and that it won't discolor your flooring.

Felt pads can be placed underneath furniture legs. Casters need to be rubber-based. Even then, it is safer to lift a piece of furniture, rather than slide it over the floor. Alternatively place a rug underneath to protect the Pergo Laminate Flooring. Keep pet nails trimmed to prevent scratches.

You have to accept that at some point there will be the inevitable mishap. Small dents or cracks can be repaired with Finishing Putty for Pergo Laminate Flooring. The edges of the damaged area can be neatened with a small knife. You can then fill the area with putty, smooth it gently with a plastic scraper and wipe any excess away.

The main benefit of Pergo Laminate Flooring is that a major accident doesn't have to turn into a flooring fiasco. If you managed to put away a box of spare planks as recommended, you will be able to replace the damaged area with ease. If you are unsure about attempting this task yourself, ask for professional help. Always double check with your supplier about any steps you take with regards to maintenance and cleaning solutions.

Give your Pergo Laminate Flooring tender loving care, and it will be a decorating and interior design asset for many years.

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