For busy households and commercial environments with high traffic on a daily basis, the quick-step floors are not immune to dirt, dust, water, and all sorts of stains.
3 steps to maintain quick-step floor
We want to share 3 simple steps to maintain your floor. These steps are time tested and are almost a guarantee for clean and well-maintained floors.
The first step is critical, you need to vacuum your floor thoroughly without overlooking any edges or corners of the floor. You can use a parquet broom as well, that way you won’t scratch the floor. One little tip is that you have to mop off as much dust as possible.
Step two: you need to two buckets of water. The first bucket should just be clean water, nothing else. It will be used to rinse and wash your mop later on.
The second bucket, you need to mix quick-step clean and water. The ratio is one cap of quick-step clean against 5 litres of water. Some people like to put more cleaning product into the mix, we suggest you don’t do that. Because the cleaning chemical might be a bit too strong for the floors if you do it too often, the colors and patterns of the quick-step floors might be affected. That’s the last thing you would want.
Step three is the easy one, start mopping the floor forwards and backwards. Don’t forget to rinse the mop in the bucket with clean water to make sure your mop is as clean as possible. There’s no hard rule on how many times you should repeat this process. But you can tell definitely when the floor looks clean and shiny.
One little tip here: Try to mop the floor in the direction of your boards and planks, that way you won’t get much drying streaks.
Things to avoid when cleaning and maintaining quick-step Laminate Floors
Do not try to buffer or polish your quick-step laminate floors.
Do not wet mop the floor with soap, water, dishwashing detergent or any other homemade cleaning products. These products might cause the floor to bend, dis-joint, or event affect the colors of the laminate floor. Always use the quick-step cleaning product.
For tough spots like chewing gum and sticky residuals, harden the spot with ice and then gently scrape it off with a scraper. People often use a credit card or key card for this. Be careful not to scratch the flooring surface. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Frequently mopping the floors is never a bad idea. Especially for commercial environments and high traffic residential areas. Making sure the floors do not collect a layer of dust is important.
Do not use steam cleaners, it’s tempting to try out some of those steam cleaners, because they look like a good fit for laminate floors. But they actually could do some big damage to your laminate floors.
If you spill food, juice, water, alcohol or any other type of stains onto the floor, do not leave them on the floor even for just a short period of time. Always try to wipe them off as soon as possible.
Protecting your floor with care
Some other easy and not-so-expensive measures you can take to protect your floors are:
A lot of people use dirt trapping mats at the entrances. This used to be a staple for households a decade ago. These days it’s less popular for people to do so, but it’s still a good method to keep dirt off your floor.
Putting floor pads under all moving furniture such as chair, sofa, table etc. Putting those little soft pads under furniture legs can help you protect the floor from a lot of accidental scratches. You can get these little pads and stickers from ikea, target, bigw and dollar shops.
Use floor protectors and wide-load bearing bases/rollers to minimize the chance of accidental scratches from heavy objects.
Try to maintain a low level of moisture or humidity to about 30 - 40% at all times. This will help reduce the chance of your floor getting bent, cracked etc.
On the contrary, the hot summer period may be drying up the air and the floor, which could cause shrinkage in the floorboards. Sometimes you can put a humidifier indoors to help maintain a certain humidity levels.
Although the quick-step laminate floors are very water resistant these days. Still it’s a great idea to avoid exposure to water on these floors.
For pet owners and households with little ones, you should always keep an eye on them. Try your best not to let me scratch the floors with claws and/ or toys.
Don’t be lazy, sliding heavy objects like dining table, chairs, bed can cause big scratches across the floor. As soon as they are created, it’s almost impossible to get rid of the marks 100%. Don’t be lazy for a second, and then regret for the next year or so.
Sometimes it’s just unfortunate that you may have scratched your floor. But there are laminate floor repair kits available in a lot of places. Check with the in floorings staff, see if there’s anything we can help with.
Two final tips for cleaning your floor
Dry cleaning on a weekly basis
Quick-Step has a microfibre cloth for regular floor cleaning and maintenance. This mop is designed for dry use mainly. These microfibre cloth can seize a lot of dirt and keep them off the floors easily.
Remember to use a little water as possible with that microfibre cloth.
Little bit of damp cleaning every month
Apart from the weekly dry cleaning mentioned above, we recommend that every 4-6 weeks you should mop the floor with a very small amount of water and cleaning product. Cleaning too often or using too much water is unnecessary and could even permanently damage your floor. We recommend using the Quick-Step Clean as a cleaning product to be diluted with water of course. Your floor will look almost like brand name after a few mops.