Laminate care


Laminate care

We recommend the following care and maintenance routine for your new laminate floors

Laminate care & maintenance

Did you know that the makeup of laminate flooring varies based on manufacturer? While some newer laminate flooring products include waterproof finishes, most do not. Your care and maintenance routine should comply with the manufacturer’s guidelines. For example, Shaw laminate flooring includes wood, so it’s crucial to avoid using excessive moisture or a non-approved cleaning solution while caring for your laminate flooring.



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The first step is to establish a preventative maintenance routine that’s easy for the entire family to follow.

Routine sweeping
Sweep, dry mop or vacuum your floors daily or weekly

Clean spills promptly
Don't let common liquids spills and other debris sit for too long

Door mats
Capture sand, grime and dirt before they enter your home

Preventative maintenance

  • Heavy appliances can cause dents or marks on your flooring over time; protect your flooring by placing heavy appliances on mats.
  • Use wide dollies whenever you need to move furniture across the floor.
  • Add an area rug or two to protect your flooring and increase its longevity while adding warmth to the room!

Laminate flooring stain removal

When it comes to difficult stains and messes like candle wax and chewing gum, or oil based stains like lipstick and olive oil, consult with the manufacturer’s guidelines for cleaning tough stains and messes. Some of these tougher stains have simple solutions like using nail polish remover or freezing with ice before gently scraping away with a plastic scraper. For specific guidelines, visit Shaw’s laminate flooring cleaning suggestions here

For an occasional deeper clean for your laminate flooring, use a manufacturer approved hard surface cleaner.

Stain removal guide
Laminate care in Naperville, IL from Great Western Flooring

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Below is a list of additional care and maintenance tips plus stain removal resources to help keep your laminate flooring looking beautiful.

Laminate care tips
Laminate warranty info
Laminate flooring repair