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Frequently Asked Questions
See some of the most popular questions that we commonly get about laminate floors.
What are the advantages of laminate flooring?
Laminate floors are a desirable choice for their many benefits, such as being:
- Very Durable: Laminate flooring is resistant to spills, stains and heavy traffic.
- Authentic Appearance: Laminate flooring looks like hardwood and offers a variety of finishes, colors and grains.
- Easy to Install: Laminate flooring is a floating floor system, so it is not attached to the subfloor. It requires a simple locking system.
- Easy Maintenance: A damp dust mop and an occasional approved cleaner are all you’ll need to keep your laminate floors looking terrific.
What is the difference between laminate and engineered hardwood?
The primary difference between laminate and engineered hardwood flooring is the type of material that they’re made of. Laminate is a synthetic composite made of several layers of compressed materials. In comparison, engineered hardwood is made of real solid hardwood, with layers of derivative wood products underneath.
In terms of appearance, both are very attractive options. Many laminate flooring products are made to look largely like real wood. There are also continuous developments in making laminate that appears even more natural. Engineered hardwood, on the other hand, offers the classic appearance of real wood – which is highly sought out among many.
Although both can be done in DIY project, laminate installation is generally preferred by those who want to install the floors themselves. Laminate planks interlock between themselves, making it easy for floating installations. Engineered hardwood floors however can be installed by those who are willing to spend the time and are comfortable with using the additional power tools needed.
Lastly, one of the key differences between laminate and engineered hardwood flooring are the costs. Laminate flooring is generally much cheaper than engineered hardwood flooring, which is generally much more expensive to manufacture.
These are the fundamental differences between the two types of flooring. If you want to go for a cheaper option that’s easier to install yourself, laminate flooring is a great option. If you want to go for the more sophisticated timeless option, then engineered hardwood is the preferred option.
How do you maintain laminate floors properly?
Laminate flooring is about as close to a maintenance-free floor as you will find. Use a dry or slightly damp dust mop and dry with a clean, cotton cloth. Never wax, polish or steam clean a laminate flooring product. Vacuums may be used, but avoid those with a “beater bar,” as these may damage your laminate flooring.
Recommended Routine Laminate Floor Care and Maintenance:
- Sweep or vacuum using the wand attachment, then follow with Armstrong recommended floor care products.
- For spills, just wipe up with a cloth or sponge.
- Allow time for floor to dry after washing.
- Immediately wipe up wet areas from spills, foreign substances, or wet feet.
- Using soap-based detergents or “mop and shine” products, as these may leave a dull film on your laminate floor.
- Using abrasive cleaners, steel wool, or scouring powder, which can scratch your floor. And, in very sandy areas or at the beach, sweep or vacuum regularly.
- Waxing or polish your floor.