So, you've just installed your new laminate flooring and now you want to know the best way to keep it looking as new as possible, for as long as possible. That's understandable, a new floor is a big investment! Lucky for you, one of laminate flooring's big advantages over other floors is the ease with which it is maintained. This quick guide will tell you everything you need to know to keep your new laminate flooring looking as good as the day you got it!

One of the best ways to keep your floors looking their best is to take care of problems before they even begin. For this reason, you will want to frequently sweep or vacuum your floors. Once a day is a pretty good rule of thumb for higher traffic areas, or in homes with lots of sand nearby that frequently gets tracked inside the house.

By keeping your floors free of gritty particles, you will prevent the erosion of the laminate flooring's protective coatings. If you use a vacuum, be sure that the beater brush is disengaged. The beater brush acts as an abrasive force that can wear down your floor's protective coatings just as badly, if not worse, than everyday dirt and grit.

It's also a good idea to invest in some floor mats or area rugs for parts of the house that are prone to experience a lot of standing water. Mats under pet dishes, around the kitchen or bathroom sinks, and at any door that leads to the outdoors will go a long way toward protecting your floor from the perils of moisture and standing water.

It's also important to protect your floor from gouging or scratching. Your laminate flooring has some pretty heavy-duty protective coatings, but that protection can only go so far. For this reason, it is recommended that you place some adhesive pads on the feet of your furniture. When you are moving furniture around the house, always be sure to lift furniture instead of dragging it, to avoid gouging the flooring. If you have a large dog, you might also want to consider keeping their claws trimmed.

Finally, you're going to want to avoid using any sort of product that claims to promote shine for your flooring. These products have a tendency to leave a waxy residue that looks pretty ugly and also acts as a sticking point for dirt and grit that will lead to a downward spiral in the quality and shine of your floor. Only use a damp, not wet, mop or a cleaning product that has been specifically approved for use on laminate flooring. There are many chemicals used in everyday cleaning products that can damage your flooring so, if you are unsure about whether or not a product is safe to use, it's best to err on the side of caution.

Simply by following these few easy steps, you can keep your laminate flooring looking as good as new for many years to come. Call or stop by one of our showrooms in - Katy, TX or Richmond, TX.