Wooden floors are a worthy decoration of the modern interior, symbolizing the prestige and viability of the owners. He is preferred for such qualities as warmth, durability, naturalness, elitism, because parquet and laminate successfully cope with the tasks of preserving heat and creating comfort. The decorative possibilities of the material are endless, but the maintenance of the laminate in the apartment requires strength, patience, and financial investments.
The “worst enemy” is undoubtedly water. If liquid has been spilled on the coating, it must be removed immediately. During wet cleaning, the cloth should be thoroughly pressed. In no case can not use washing vacuum cleaners.
How often should sparing means be used?
In the residential area it is enough to apply the laminate care product once every 2-3 months. On the territory with high traffic, for example, in the corridor, office or on the stairs you need to carry out such work every 2-3 weeks. In cafes, shops and schools, that is, in institutions with a heavy load, these manipulations are organized weekly.
To preserve the lacquer protective barrier, wax-based polishes are suitable, as well as water-soluble products that are odorless. When compared with varnish, the oil does not create a thick surface film, it only closes the wood pores. This measure helps prevent impurities and moisture from entering the fibers. Caring for parquet under oil is very simple: you just need to re-process problem areas.
Oil formulations are convenient due to the very rapid recovery of the surface - all manipulations and the period of rest of the floors require no more than a day. Therefore, they are increasingly covering the veneer in entertainment, shopping and other establishments that cannot be idle for a long time. The service comes down to the same gentle dry and wet cleaning. Underfloor floors require more frequent updates of the impregnation and application of flooring care products.
The wooden floor is eco-friendly and natural, it breathes, so when the moisture level increases, it can change in size, warp and swell. If, on the contrary, the air is dry, there is a high risk of cracks and cracks due to a decrease in fiber volume. To prevent significant fluctuations, it is imperative to use a waterproofing agent for the care of laminate.
When the heating season starts, hard times will come for the parquet, and in order to reduce the effects of air drying, you should take care of additional humidification: either install the device in the ventilation system, or purchase a portable home appliance. In the summer season there is an excess of moisture, in such conditions it is also necessary in a special way to take care of the floors: carefully monitor the cleanliness, to avoid the ingress of water in any form.
It is worth noting that in hot countries with a tropical climate, advanced flooring technology is used: the floor, ground and treated with oil, is placed on the substrate without the use of glue, this is the so-called free manner. At the walls of the coating characteristic tightened. As a result, it is possible to level the effects of year-round high humidity.
Usually care for laminate at home is accompanied by the solution of problems that constantly arise. Next will be considered the main ones.
Intense solar radiation can cause a change in the color of the parquet and laminate, moreover, different types of wood react differently to prolonged contact with ultraviolet. For example, the cherry ripens quickly, dies soon darken. Hue conversion is a natural process; countermeasures are not needed here.
Finishing can react to the effects of detergents, pet products, moisture, stains or local discoloration. All that has spilled, you must immediately remove, moreover, you should not use ammonia-containing products. The solution may be the grinding and coating of the affected areas with varnish, in extreme cases, these dies will have to be replaced.