Caring for Laminate Tile

This story shows how to care for laminate tile.

Intro

As durable as laminate tile is, laminate products are not indestructible. Laminates (especially the thicker, more expensive products) are more subject to denting than scratching. The dents are impossible to remove.

To keep the surface from scratching take the precautions listed in "Preventive Maintenance for Laminate Tile." In addition don't drag heavy appliances or furniture across a laminate floor. Use an appliance dolly or air pad when resetting the refrigerator, and ask friends to help move sofas, dressers, and other large pieces of furniture.

Plastic furniture casters seem deceptively safe for laminate floors. Small pieces of grit embedded in the roller over time abrade the surface of the floor. If you have plastic furniture rollers, replace them with rubber rollers.

Humidity also plays a role in laminate maintenance. Keep the room humidity at 50 percent to ensure the joints stay closed, thus preventing an accumulation of dirt between tiles.

Prestart Checklist

Time
About 45 minutes to vacuum and damp-mop a 15x20-foot floor; about 20 minutes to repair a tile and 30 minutes to remove and replace a damaged tile

Tools
Cleaning: vacuum, sponge mop
Repairing: utility knife, vacuum, plastic spatula, circular saw, chisel, hammer

Materials
Cleaning: manufacturer's cleaning solution
Repairing: masking tape, patching compound, replacement tile, mastic

Step 1

If the damaged area lies in a woodgrain or other straight pattern, square the damaged area with a sharp utility knife. If the pattern is irregular, you may want to leave the outlines of the patch slightly irregular. The wear layer on laminate tile is extremely hard -- use a sharp blade. Don't cut clear through the layers of tile. Only remove the top layer. Vacuum up the chips and dust from the area to be patched.

Step 2

To make cleanup easier apply tape around the damaged area. Squeeze a small amount of the manufacturer's repair compound into the damaged area and press it into the recess with the edge of a plastic spatula. Smooth the compound level with the tape. If the compound comes out of the area when you smooth it, lower the angle of the spatula. Let the repair dry thoroughly.

Step 3

When the repair compound has dried thoroughly, carefully remove the tape. Most compounds are made to shrink as they dry, so the repair should now be level with the surface of the surrounding tile. If some putty got on the floor, wipe it with a damp cloth.


Comments (1)
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cjojanpera1 wrote:

I have the exact laminate tile shown on this page above. I can't seem to get it clean without leaving streaks. I dust mop, vacuum and use laminate cleaner but I still get streaks. Any help?

11/14/2010 02:21:10 PM Report Abuse
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