The concept of spring cleaning has its origins in cultures all around the world. For centuries and until less than 100 years ago, homes in cold climate locations like Edmonton were shut up tight against the winter cold, with fireplaces or coal furnaces providing the heat. When the chill finally subsided, people had no other choice but to throw open the windows and doors and sweep out the soot and ash. Thus, the ritual of spring cleaning was born.
Today we may not have the major grime problem of days gone by, but spring cleaning is still something we feel compelled to do, perhaps in preparation for the lazy days of summer when we’d all rather be out enjoying the best of Edmonton’s many festivals than cleaning the house.
Building products that are low maintenance are key to life today, which is one reason laminate flooring is growing in popularity for both residential and commercial use. Laminate flooring not only costs less than other flooring options, but it looks great and is available in a variety of styles and colors. Best of all, laminate flooring is truly low maintenance, which certainly takes away some of the burden of those annual spring cleaning chores.
What Is Laminate Flooring?
Laminate flooring is a multi-layer synthetic flooring product that uses a photographic applique under a clear top layer to simulate wood or stone. Because of its synthetic nature, it won’t scratch or stain like real hardwood or stone floors, and it’s much easier to clean. On the downside, it can’t be refinished, but it will last an average of 15 - 25 years. Because it is inexpensive compared to hardwood, slate or even ceramic tile, it offers an excellent value for homeowners or landlords who want great looks that wear well.
Cleaning Laminate Flooring
Maintaining laminate flooring is infinitely easier than taking care of hardwood, tile or even carpet. You simply sweep or vacuum up loose dust and dirt regularly, clean up spills as they occur, and occasionally use a one-step spray and mop product to wash the floor. Most flooring manufacturers have their own brand of floor cleaner, and it is wise to use the correct product on a laminate floor. Experts warn never to use a traditional bucket and wet mop, because excess water can seep into the tiny cracks between the planks and damage the sub floor beneath or warp the laminate.
If you’re looking for a flooring option that will make your Spring cleaning easier, stop in today to see all your laminate flooring options.