We start by dry dust mopping the entire floor area without any cleaners.
Do not use cleaners off the start it will leave a dirt residue
Move dustmop with the grain of flooring and in the same direction not like a broom, never lift the dust mop off the floor until your ready to vaccume off the mop.
We then use a shop vac to suck the dirt off the dust mop.
After floor is entirely dry dust mopped you may spray a little cleaner on the bottom of the mop.
Only spray cleaner (a little) on the bottom of the mop maybe three sprays.
you should never spray cleaner on the floor directly only if there is a spot you need to clean.
Once you spray the mop quickly repeat step 1 and you should only need to spray the mop no more than three times on an entire house, excessive use of cleaners will leave filmy residue.
Never use oils like (Orange glow, or waxes like Laminate refresher) these will leave a horrible residue on your new floors that are incredibly time consuming to strip off.
Never let anyone wet mop your new floors, wet mopping leaves water residue all over and looks bad, It also can swell the joints of the floor
Never vaccume (your hard wood / Laminate floors) with a carpet vaccume, you may use a shop vac
Furniture may slide on laminate floors as long as there is no metal or rock underneath and make sure your furniture is not to heavy for instance if you slide your loaded fridge across the floor it may not scratch but will leave a plastic mark from the feet of the fridge.
Scrathes on my laminate floor? As much as we wish everything was perfect life happens. minor scratches will happen and can be helped using a stain pen that matches your floors
Gouges can be filled with a wax filler that matches your floors sometimes a clear nail polish will work.
Scratches will be helped with a stain pen matching your floors.
water damage can sometimes dry out, and sometimes you need to replace the boards, call your installer to replace the water damaged boards.
Gaps in my laminate floors?
gaps can occur for many reasons and its not anyones fault it can be as simple as the climate of the house. for instance if you have a wood stove in the living room roaring heat into the living room and the floors are 80 degrees, and the hallway at the other end of the house is 50 degrees you can definetely see how these two contrasts can cause one area to expand and another to contract and cause gaps. Boards can sometimes be hammered back into place but will probably come apart again if the underlieing issue is not addressed.
letting the sun hit your floor in one big area could cause the same probelms with gaps.
Swamp coolers can cause your floors to expand due to moisture, when one area expands more than others it can cause gaps. excessive moisture can cause gaps when the floor dries.
Gaps can be filled with a colored culk or in extreme circumstances a transition called a "T" moulding will need to be installed to allow the floor to move freely from the rest of the area of flooring.
Steam mop my laminate floor?
Gently not for too long in one place it could swell your joints.
common sense can go a long way in maintaining your new floors, it's that easy!