Preventing Laminate Flooring from Lifting
Laminate floors are by far one of the easiest flooring to install by yourself without the help of professionals. All you need is just a few tricks and tips from the experts, and you’ll be good to go. Installing the floors is the easy part, the challenge comes when you have to maintain them and ensure that the floors don’t lift or become damaged before they have lived through their entire product lifecycle. In this article, we highlight causes of laminate floor lifting.
Ineffective Expansion Gaps
The standard recommended gap from the wall or doorway, giving allowance for expansion and contraction is between 8mm and 1mm. If there are obstructions in these spaced might prevent the laminate from moving freely, and thus lifting.
Laminate flooring boards do not react very well to moisture. When they do get wet, they swell, and because they are so tightly wedged together and have nowhere else to go, the edges or middles are likely to lift and curl.
A few tips on caring for laminate floors
Clean regularly with a sift brush or damp cloth. Never clean laminate floors with a whole bucket of soap and water. There are special pads on the market that are similar to mops that you could purchase to clean the floors with. If you absolutely have to use a mop and mop, ensure that you do not soak the floors in water as they will come undone.
In October 2015, we wrote a blog about preventing laminate floors from lifting for Property24.com to help you care for your laminate floors, and ensure that the laminate flooring lasts their full expected life cycle. Read more about that on www.property24.com