Laminate floors are a godsend to households that are looking for a flooring material that not only looks good but also wears well. A laminate floor is extremely durable and attractive. It can look like an expensive solid wooden floor but at a fraction of the cost. This makes it the obvious choice for many homeowners.
Homeowners who are looking to buy laminate flooring should consider several things before they purchase. These considerations are highlighted in an SFGate article. One of the major things needing consideration is the amount and type of traffic that the laminate floor will be subjected to:
“AC rating levels indicate the durability of laminate flooring. This system, developed by the European Producers of Laminate Flooring, is a worldwide standard that measures factors such as resistance to moisture, standing liquids, cigarette and other types of burns, stains, abrasion and impact. Ratings start at AC1 and range up to AC5. AC1 is for moderate use such as bedrooms and closets. AC2 floors are suitable for medium usage spaces such as living rooms and dining rooms, while AC3 is for heavy residential and moderate commercial use.”
In addition homeowners may have to think about the composition of the core layer and the overall construction of the property. Building code ratings will also provide homeowners with the necessary details regarding the viability of fitting a laminate floor. AC ratings represent the laminate material’s resistance to impact, stains, abrasion, and cigarette burns.
These factors will help anyone choose the best laminate available for their needs but homeowners should also remember that appropriate cleaning and maintenance of the laminate floor will prolong its lifespan. An effective laminate floor cleaner is essential to maintain the fabulous gloss of the floor and to extend its lifespan.
People use different methods for cleaning laminate floors. One is simply by cleaning and sweeping the floor regularly. Another method is by applying a mixture of white vinegar and water. However, these methods will never retain the newness of the floor nor will they protect it against traffic and the rigors of time.
A better solution is to use a laminate floor polish. Products like those offered by Laminate Restoration UK are specifically designed to protect and maintain the lustre of the laminate floor.
Having a laminate floor installed is a good thing; making it last for years to come will depend on how it is cleaned and maintained. Using the best cleaning equipment for this type of material ensures homeowners enjoy their floors for many years to come.
(Source: How to Choose Laminate Flooring Thickness, SFGate)