It’s no wonder that waterproof laminate flooring is a popular choice for residential and commercial properties: hard-wearing and attractive, laminate flooring is resistant to small spills and day to day knocks and foot traffic, and also available in a range of finishes resembling natural hard woods or even stone to match in with the rest of your home decor.
However, even for water-resistant or waterproof laminate flooring, moisture damage can be a real problem.
The major source of damage is usually through an over-zealous cleaning regime, usually undertaken in an effort to maintain the look and durability of the floor! Remove the bulk of dust and dirt with a broom or vacuum cleaner, and then use a damp – not wet – mop to clean up any stubborn marks. To ensure against any damage, use a dry mop to pick up any excess water. As laminate floors are made rather than grown, any damage is permanent, and any buckling or swelling will not return to normal.
Spills and Flooding
Small spills are easy to deal with; an absorbent cloth or paper towels will pick up the liquid and allow you to prevent damage quickly. If you have a damp problem in your home, or worse still a flood, you will need to call in the professionals, and possibly even have some or your entire floor replaced. You can help to prevent further damage by opening the windows to increase ventilation in your home, and you might even consider dehumidifiers. Although putting the heating on full blast might seem like a good idea, please be aware that this might exacerbate any damage.
In summary, speed is of the essence in preventing water damage to laminate flooring, and make sure you always go for the most water resistant option available.