Laminate Floors: Protect and Restore

Stéphanie Landry Poirier

Tuesday, 07 July 2020

You may be surprised that laminate flooring has only been around for a few decades. Today, Laminate floors are a high tech solution to the problem of affordable, durable, and beautiful flooring that is easy to install, scratch and moisture resistant, and virtually maintenance free.

As durable as it is we have some recommendations that will help extend the life of this amazing technology.

Of course basic preventive maintenance begins by ensuring the floor is free from all abrasive substances. A regular routine of vacuuming and sweeping your floor will minimize scratches and maintain your floors beauty. Did you know that the legs of most dining room tables are designed to support as much as 260lbs. Imagine now a spec of dirt under that leg. Yes your floor pays the price. Now take that a step further, what if some grit got under your dining room chair. You have seen the results haven’t you, even on a laminate floor.

Therefor cleaning is the key to maintaining your floor. What cleaner should I use? Most laminate manufacturers suggest a neutral cleaning solution. Neutral is around a PH of 7. A cleaner is considered neutral generally between a pH of 6 to 8.  So do some research and choose a cleaner that will effectively clean your floor without leaving any residue or doing any premature damage.

Inevitably what happens? Our laminate floor gets the odd scratch and begins to go dull in high traffic areas. What can you do now? We can’t have the surface sanded and refinished, it’s a photo of wood laminated on an MDF (most often) base.

But we can RESURFACE your laminate floors to make them look new again.

Finitec has developed a finish called “Tonic” designed to address your very problem.

In a simple 2 step process we can resurface your floor.

1st Finitec has designed a cleaner called “Surface Preparation”. It has a PH of 11 which means it has higher alkaline than your neutral cleaner. This will ensure that any contaminates that might interfere with the finishes ability to bond to the surface of your floor is emulsified. After a thorough clean and rinse of the surface we move on to step 2.

Using an applicator or a 10 mil lint free roller apply 2 coats of finish waiting 2-3 hours between coats.

Your floor will be ready for light traffic 4 hrs after you complete your last coat and ready to replace furniture after 24 hrs.

And you have now successfully contributed to extending the life of your high tech investment, your beautiful laminate floor.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Finitec and a knowledgeable rep will be happy to help.