Removing Stains From Your Laminate Flooring: What You Should Know

10 April 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

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When you install new laminate flooring in your home, the last thing you want to think about is the possibility of your new floors getting damaged or stained. However, no matter how careful you are in your home, spills and accidents do happen. While you cannot plan out when these accidents will happen, you can get to know some of the ways that you can deal with spills and stains ahead of time. This will ensure that you are prepared to act quickly so that the spills and stains do not become a permanent part of your laminate flooring. 

Blood Stains On Laminate

Perhaps the worst situation you can imagine is one in which a significant amount of blood ends up on your laminate flooring. While your first concern will be to take care of any injury or illness that precipitated the blood stain on your laminate flooring, your next concern will be how to clean it up. 

Do not just try to wipe away the stain with a dry cloth or use water to get rid of the blood stain. Instead spray window cleaner directly onto the entire stain. Then, you will wipe up the window cleaner and the blood with a warm damp cloth. Remember to wear gloves during this process to protect your skin from blood exposure and contact with the cleaner. 

And of course, if you can help it, get to the stain before it dries completely. The longer the blood is on your laminate flooring, the more likely the stain will be permanent. 

Ink Stains On Laminate

Ink is one of the hardest stains to get off of any surface, and the same is true of laminate flooring. However, it is not impossible to remove an ink stain from laminate flooring if you act quickly and know what you are doing. 

What you will need to keep on hand for such occasions is either hairspray or acetone nail polish remover. Do not apply these products directly to your laminate flooring or the stain. You do not want to get any on the unstained portion of your floors. 

Instead, spray a small amount of hairspray or pour a dab of nail polish remover onto a non-abrasive cloth. Rub the cloth over the stain carefully. You will likely need to add more hairspray or remover to the cloth as you go. Keep going until the stain is completely gone (which may take a while). 

Now that you know how to handle stains on your laminate flooring, you will be well prepared in case such spills happen. So make sure you keep the necessary supplies on hand and you will keep your laminate flooring looking nice for years to come. For more information about caring for flooring, contact a company like Lockwoods Carpets.