How to Repair and care of Laminate Flooring – TheFlooringlady

December 26, 2009
laminate flooring
This “article” is the result of conversations between readers, like yourself, and The Flooring Lady because of questions they had. Since I don’t “do” comments anymore I wanted you to have easier access to the wealth of information derived from the three-plus years of comments from my readers. You may find your situation reflected in the questions and answers about how clean and maintain your laminate floors.

We are renting a house with what I presume to be laminate flooring. A damp towel was left on the floor and now there is a whitish spot left where the towel was. Can this be removed?

Thanks,
Lisa
Lisa at July 11, 2008 12:41 PM
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Lisa, white spots on “wood” surfaces can be challenging. You might try putting mayonnaise on the spot, letting it sit for awhile, and then gently wiping/washing it off to see how it changed the spot. It may just be a matter of letting the area dry out so the natural color can return.

Good luck. Let me know what worked for you.

The Flooring Lady at July 11, 2008 01:09 PM

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Can I place another protective covering over my Trafficmaster laminate floor? If so what type would you recommend.

Thanks
Tony
tony at August 17, 2008 11:38 AM
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Hi Tony,

I think Varathane would make a good product for your needs, however, I would recommend giving the manufacturer a call to see what they would recommend so that your choice of products doesn’t void Mowhawk’s warranty.

The Flooring Lady at August 17, 2008 09:19 PM

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I want to put a small rug on my new Mannington Laminate flooring in our bedroom. What kind of backing can I use so the rug doesn’t slide?

Gena

Gena at August 31, 2008 11:10 PM
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Hi Gena,
You might want to wander over to the website of a href=”http://www.naturalarearugs.com/rugpads.php/r.cfm?b=110216&u=289043&m=15927″ rel=”nofollowNatural Area Rugsa and look at the padding they carry for area rugs – they have many good choices. Even if you don’t buy from there, it will give you an idea of what kind of a selection to make. I suggest their Premium Lock for hard floors.
The Flooring Lady at September 1, 2008 09:03 PM

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Hello Flooring Lady,

We recently installed laminate flooring and cannot get an answer to a question, even from the laminate manufacturer. Can rubber backed rugs be used or will they, over time, hurt the flooring? Also, it it necessary to have a rug pad under an area rug? Thanks so much for your help.
Georgie at November 10, 2008 04:49 PM
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Hi Georgie,
I wouldn’t hurt the flooring per se, but you do have to be careful – not all rubber backing is the same! Some of them can get stuck to floor and then you have the nightmare of trying to remove what is stuck on without damaging your laminate’s finish!
The Flooring Lady at November 12, 2008 08:13 AM

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Help! I need to know what happens if my cat throws up on a laminate floor and I don’t find it till morning?
Dona at July 28, 2009 06:12 AM
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Dona,

Clean your flooring and if your floor did stain most laminate flooring comes with a warranty which guards against staining.
The Flooring Lady at July 28, 2009 08:39 AM

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Not worried about staining with cat barf, worried about the moisture sitting on the laminate for 8 hours. Also, If we buy laminate one room at a time, will the next boxes “match” the first boxes? In other words, is there a “dye run” like carpet? Also (sorry) what will a 6 foot grand do to laminate? Thanks so much!
Dona
Dona at August 26, 2009 11:11 AM ——————
Dona,

Well the acid could eat away at the veneer are you noticing a difference on the floor? I have animals and have missed an accident over night and had not had a problem with stains or deterioration of the floor.

I also have had heavy furniture on my laminate flooring which I used pads to displace the weight. I did not however have a beautiful 6 foot baby grand. I would think the wheels might be an issue although if you place a small piece of carpet or even cork the weight would be dispersed enough to forgo a dent.
The Flooring Lady at August 27, 2009 10:17 AM

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When laminate flooring has buckled soon after installation do I need to remedy this? Or can I ignore w/o negative consequences?
elfie at August 6, 2009 08:05 PM
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Elfie,

There are a variety of issues that would cause buckling. One is moisture, if that is the reason for the buckling you would want to deal with the excess moisture.

Another cause could be the expansion gap is incorrect which would also cause the floor to buckle.

I would contact your installer as it might fall under your warranty.
The Flooring Lady at August 7, 2009 07:54 AM

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