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How To Clean Your Laminate Flooring (Properly)

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There’s no denying that laminate flooring is popular. In fact, it’s become one of the most popular flooring options out there, thanks to its hardwearing nature and its ability to imitate hardwood flooring while casting a fraction of the price. And because it’s water, stain and scratch-resistant, it’s also pretty easy to clean! We often get asked what the best way to clean laminate flooring is, to make sure they get the best from their flooring without damaging it. So today we’ve put together a short guide on how to make your laminate floors gleam again.


Products & Tools

A key to keeping any floor looking cleaner for longer is vacuuming it regularly. Any vacuum with a head designed for wood floors will do, and this will suck up a lot of the debris and dirt from the crevices, instantly brightening up the floor.

From there, most standard floor cleaning products will be more than up to the task of cleaning a laminate floor. Zoflora is a personal favourite of ours, but everything from your basic Flash liquid to hardwood floor cleaners will do the job nicely. You can also buy laminate cleaning kits, but these are best saved for more intense stains. Or if you want to go the more natural route, you can even use a solution of white vinegar and hot water. Just mix one cup of white vinegar with around 4 litres of hot water, and you have an all-natural, pet-safe, child-safe floor cleaner.

But whatever you do, DO NOT polish or wax a laminate floor. We also recommend you skip any abrasive cleaners, scouring powders or steel wool. No matter how stubborn the stain is, these products have the potential to scratch away the protective finish on your floor, leaving you prone to damage. You should also avoid using a steam mop, as this will cause a lot of excess moisture that can damage the lower layers and even start making the laminate peel away from the floor.


Everyday Spills

In general, you shouldn’t do some intense cleaning in laminate flooring all that often. Every day spills, or things like tracked in mud from shoes or little feet (and paws) are easy enough to clean off. All you need is a damp microfibre cloth to run over the spill until it’s disappeared. Then make sure you take a tea towel or some kitchen roll and make sure the floor is completely dry before you leave it. Try to avoid using soft-bristled brooms or steel wool, as these can cause damage to the flooring.


Intense Cleaning

If you’ve got some built up dirt on your laminate, or you just want to do your big spring clean, then you may need to do some intensive cleaning. For this, you should invest in a microfibre cloth and a mop, as well as a laminate specific cleaning kit. Follow the instructions on the cleaning kit to create a laminate-specific floor cleaner, then use a wet mop the mop the floor. Use small circular motions, ensuring all areas of the floor have been covered – but be careful not to use too much water.

Once you’re done, use a dry mop or a tea towel to completely dry the floor. This step is important as excessive moisture is very bad for laminate, and can ultimately cause a lot of damage to the lower levels of the flooring.


Damaged Areas

If you find an area of your laminate is ripped or damaged, it’s best to avoid cleaning it and the area around it. As we’ve mentioned above, moisture is the killer of laminate flooring once it gets to the lower levels. And while the likelihood of water reaching those lower levels is minimal, if there is a tear or any sort of damage, then the water can permeate through easily. Instead of trying to clean it, you should look at repairing the damaged area instead. Laminate is a fairly easy flooring to repair, and if it’s a minor scratch or dent you might be able to do it yourself. If it’s a bit more serious, then you will need to call your local flooring company to have them help you out.


At Floor24, we want you to enjoy your flooring for as long as possible, and keep it looking great at the same time. We’re always happy to talk you through proper cleaning practices for any type of floor we sell, and we can even recommend products to you for the more specialist flooring types. If you would like to know more, or just have a question about cleaning laminate flooring, just get in touch with the team today.

Keeping Your Karndean Clean – A Helpful Guide

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If you’ve chosen Karndean flooring for your  home, first off, congratualtions1 It’s a fantastic product, and one of our favourite types of floor to install. And once you’ve had it installed and are enjoying it in your home, you will, of course, need to keep it clean. Because Karndean is a specialist type of flooring, you might think there are special instructions to keeping it clean – and you would be sort of right. But we promise, it’s not as complicated as it seems. In fact, we’ve put together this little guide to caring for your Karndean flooring once it’s installed in your home.


Home Floor Care For Karndean Floors

Keeping your Karndean floors clean is a wonderfully simple task. Unlike the materials Karndean replicates, this product has no grime or dirt traps, which means it doesn’t show dirt as easily, and won’t spoil over time like traditional floorings. It’s also wonderfully low effort and environmentally friendly – there is no need to polish it at all, and so the number of chemicals you’re using is minimal. Great for houses with pets or little children who are crawling around the floor!

We would recommend that to keep your Karndean looking like new, you avoid dragging or sliding heavy items across it, just as you would with any other floor. If you have particularly heavy furniture, putting some felt pads on the feet can help spread the weight and avoid any damage over time.

To clean Karndean floors, it’s recommended that you use Karndean’s own cleaning products, which have been specifically formulated to disinfect Karndean, remove stains and marks, and give it that new-look shine, all without nasty chemicals. Regular cleaning with this pH neutral cleaner will help keep your floor at its best, so this is what we recommend to all of our Karndean customers as well. And the good news is that we actually stock the Karndean cleaner in store, so you don’t need to go far to get it, or rely on online ordering. Just pop in to see us and top up any time you need to!


Regular Cleaning Instructions

To clean your Karndean flooring, all you need to do is follow these simple instructions:

  • Sweep or vacuum it to get rid of any loose debris on the surface.


  • Add 50ml of Karndean Clean (up to 1 notch on the lid) to around 8-10 litres of clean, warm water.


  • Mop the solution on the whole floor, making sure to remove any excess when you are finished with one area.


  • Wait until the floor is dry before walking on it.



It really is that easy! Just like cleaning your normal floors, but using a different product. The Karndean Clean will also manage any stains or stubborn marks your floor might have picked up, so you don’t need to mess around with different products. And it’s so versatile that you could use it on all of your floors.


What NOT To Do

Karndean flooring is generally very hard-wearing and rugged – but there are still rules you need to follow to keep it looking it’s best. One of those rules is how not to clean it. If you have a Karndean floor, you should not, under any circumstances, use a steam mop on it. Using a steam mop might make your floor look clean, but it will also cause damage to the flooring, the laminate coatings and the materials beneath. Over time, you will get discolouration, peeling coating and ultimately the steam will emulsify the adhesive used to fit it, meaning your whole floor will start lifting up. So, this is our warning to you – if you have a Karndean floor, make sure you don’t put a steam mop anywhere near it. You should also avoid using bleach, or any cleaner containing bleach, on your Karndean floor, as this will cause a lot of damage.


At Floor24 we don’t just install floors, we help you care for them too. When you’re choosing your flooring our experts will go through the care instructions for it with you, making sure you know how to look after it and keep it looking brand new for as long as possible. If you have any questions about floor care, or Karndean products in particular, just get in touch with us today.

How To Get Wax Out Of Your Carpet

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When it comes to cleaning carpets, and we mean properly cleaning carpets, most people try to avoid it. The advisement is to steam clean your carpet every 2-3 months to keep it fresh and avoid discolouration from worked in dirt, but beyond that we try not to clean them at all. However sometimes you need to. We’ve all had that moment. We have tea lights or candles on the table for a nice romantic evening in. We knock the table with our foot, or a pet comes running past and the candle teeters in its holder before falling in slow motion. It goes out on the way down which is a relief, but as it hits your beautiful cream carpet it spills wax everywhere. Now you’re left with a dilemma – how do you get that wax stain out of your carpet without ruining it? Here are a few tried and tested methods you could try:



Iron and a Kitchen Towel Method

The oldest and most trusted of the wax removal methods, this is perfect for getting large or small amounts of wax out of any type of carpet. All you need is some kitchen roll and an iron. Heat the iron up the appropriate setting for the fibres of your carpet (cotton, wool etc.). If it’s a polyester carpet it is likely to have a lot of plastic in it, so just going for the highest setting is going to melt your carpet, and that we can’t fix! Now place a sheet of kitchen roll over the stain and press the hot iron onto the towel. Let it sit there for a few seconds and then check the kitchen roll. If it has a lot of wax marks on it already, reposition it or grab another sheet. Repeat these steps until all of the wax has been absorbed by the paper towel. If you’re finding the kitchen roll isn’t working, you can use a damp cloth instead. You might want to spray the area with carpet cleaner after you’re finished to avoid any discolouration as well.



Scrape, Dampen And Spray Method

For this wax removal technique, you will need a butter knife, a spoon, an iron, carpet stain remover and some white cotton towels. First off, heat up the iron to ‘high’. Step one is to scrape any big chunks or loose wax off with the butter knife. Be careful with Berber and loop fibre carpets, as these can fray easily. Once you have scraped off as much as you can, vacuum up the wax and make sure all loose bits are gone. If you end up with fuzz or fray, lightly trim it away with a pair of scissors. Now dampen a white cotton towel, fold in it half and place it over the wax stain. Press the heated iron over it for 10-15 seconds, then remove and check the stain. The heat should draw the wax out of the rug and into the towel. Keep repeating this process until the wax is gone. Make sure your towel stays wet and if it becomes loaded with wax, grab another one. Once the wax is all removed you might notice a discolouration of the area. That’s where your stain remover comes in. Spray the rug with the stain remover and work it deep into the spot with the spoon. Dab off the excess and let it air dry. Lighter coloured carpets may require a few rounds of this to completely remove the stain.



Both of these methods follow the same basic principle – heat the wax with an iron and soak it up with something else. However not everyone has an iron, or has one handy. Luckily there are a few ways around that. You can heat a thin layer of water in a large bottomed metal pan and use that, or you can heat the bottom of a metal spoon with a lighter to get the same effect. This might take you a little longer, but it will achieve the same results. For more tips on getting stubborn stains out of your carpet, or replace a carpet that’s seen a few too many stains in its life, get in touch with our experts for a free consultation – just not by candlelight!