Laminate flooring is hard surface flooring utilizing a fiberboard core and Melamine wear layer. Laminate belong to a type of flooring referred to as a floating floor. This means that the laminate is installed without attaching it to the sub-floor via glue, nails, or staples. It floats above the existing sub-floor.

Most dry, stable sub-floors can serve as the base for a floating floor; however, carpet may not be used, as it does not offer the necessary support for a floating floor system. Laminate floors have protective layer for wear resistance.

It’s designed to enhance the beauty, warmth and style of your home with a wide variety of beautiful styling, textures and colors to choose from. Abrasion and indentation resistant, high heels are no problem. It is easy to clean and never needs waxing. Laminate flooring is resistant to scratching and scuffing and it won’t fade or change color from sunlight.

The clear surface layer protects the pattern underneath. Maintenance is quick and easy using a damp cloth or vacuum and most household cleaning chemicals will not harm a laminate floor.

Laminate flooring offers a wide selection of designs that offer the look and feel of beautiful hardwood, ceramic tile, and slate. They are actually several different layers of various materials that are pressed together to form each plank. The planks have tongue and grooved edges on all 4 sides to secure the planks together. Most laminate floors use some sort of glue less locking system, often referred to as Click floors. For more realism several laminate manufactures are now offering a micro-beveled edging on certain styles.

Backing: is usually a melamine plastic layer for structural stability and moisture resistance.

Core: generally made from high-density fiber board, particle board or plastic provides impact resistance and stability.

Decorative layer: Which gives the floor the appearance of wood or tile.

Wear layer: The melamine wear is a tough, clear finish reinforced with aluminum oxide. Using heat and pressure the wear layer becomes an incredibly hard, durable finish and stain resistance.

- Place rugs or floor mats on heavy traffic areas.

- Use a clean dust mop, and mop the floor as usual.

- Use a cotton or cloth mop and clear, warm water. For heavier cleaning, use a solution of one-cup household vinegar mixed into one gallon of warm water. Only dampen the mop slightly to avoid leaving watermarks. Sponge mops can cause streaking and are not recommended. Do not use soap- or detergent-based, wax-based, or abrasive cleaners- soaps and waxes leave a residue and abrasive cleansers can scratch the laminate.

- Occasionally vacuum or sweep to eliminate loose dust and debris.

- Never use a steam cleaner.

- Never try to refinish or sand a laminate floor.

- When moving heavy objects across the floor always use extra care.

- Never use scouring powder products, steel wool, or abrasives.