While no type of flooring is completely immune to damage, some homeowners are worried about installing laminate flooring because it is susceptible to scratches. While it is true that laminate flooring can be scratched if not cared for properly, there are a few factors which will determine how durable and resistant to damage your new floor is.
So in this article, we’ll look at some of these factors in more detail. This should help you choose a laminate or hybrid floor which is not only beautiful but able to withstand the rigours of your daily routine.
Choose a laminate floor with a high durability rating
The first thing to look at is the durability rating of the flooring. All flooring products for sale in Australia are given an AC rating which provides information about the scratch resistance of the product. The rating goes from AC1, the lowest rating, to AC5, the highest rating.
AC5 rating products are typically installed in commercial premises. For domestic use, we typically recommend an AC4 rating because it provides a high level of protection without costing too much to install. This type of floor will provide good protection against general wear and tear but it may still be damaged if something heavy is dropped on it.
Think about how the floor board is constructed
Next, you should look at how the board is constructed. Most budget boards are constructed using a Medium-Density Fibreboard (MDF) core covered with a thin laminate. This type of board is not as durable as boards constructed using high-density fibreboard (HDF), which will provide better protection against accidental damage.
The floor finish can also impact scratch resistance
The finish of the board should also be taken into consideration. Laminate floors are available with different finishes including embossed, satin, matte and gloss. An embossed finish will provide the highest level of durability because it is more resistant to damage than satin or gloss.
How to repair scratches
Should your floor get scratched it may be possible to repair it using specialist floor fillers. The quality of the repair, however, will depend on the type of flooring installed and the level of damage. Usually, this method is only successful on light scratches with more substantial damage requiring the board to be replaced.
That is why we always recommend buying more boards than you need when instaling the floor. Laminate floors are made in batches and there can often be a difference of colour between batches. So purchasing a board later may not provide a perfect match. Even if that colour and style are still available.
Regular cleaning is the key to maintaining your floor
Regular cleaning is the key to keeping your floor looking beautiful. You should sweep, dust or vacuum (hard floor attachment only) the floor weekly. Every few months you should also clean the floor with a specialist laminate floor cleaner or a microfibre damp mop.
Never allow liquids to stand on the floor, clean them up immediately with a damp cloth.
Never steam clean your floor or use a wet mop with harsh chemicals. These can cause irreparable damage. If you spill harsh chemicals such as oil or tar, clean them off immediately using acetone/nail polish. Then wipe the area with a clean damp cloth.
We can help you choose the right flooring
If you would like more information choosing the right laminate floor for your home, give us a call on 03 9553 9460. We have a reputation for providing high-quality laminate and hybrid flooring Melbourne residents can trust. So why not let us help you choose a product which will complement your home and keep on looking great for many years to come.