Reader Question: Steam cleaning hardwood or laminate floors

Question:

Could you please tell me if I can use a steam cleaner on my laminate or hardwood floor?

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Answer:

We cannot find a manufacturer of either laminate flooring or hardwood flooring that will recommend the use of this type of equipment on their floors.  To clean and maintain your hardwood or laminate flooring, sweeping and/or using a vacuum cleaner (without the beater bar used for vacuuming carpet) should be sufficient. Occasionally clean with a mop (micro-fiber or terrycloth hooded for laminate floors) slightly moistened with a cleaning product recommended by the flooring manufacturer. Wipe up spills quickly. NEVER flood either of these floors with water. Also on the “no-no” list are soap-based detergents, abrasive cleaners, scouring powder, wax or any type of polish. Also, use “walk-off” mats at entrances and exits so people and pets might lose some of those things that sometimes stick to feet prior to stepping onto your floors.

For more information on cleaning and care for your floors contact the flooring manufacturer or visit www.wfca.org.

Reader Question: Floral Pattern Linoleum

armstrong_chelsea_cornerQuestion:  I am looking for a floral pattern linoleum and can not find it – any ideas?

Answer:  I understand why you had a hard time narrowing in on a linoleum with a floral pattern.  Current styles are moving in a different direction, but there are several options in sheet vinyl that might suit your needs.  The designs include florals, in a subtle, updated look.  You should log on to www.armstrong.com/flooring/products/sheet vinyl.  When you arrive at that page, you will find a box for an advanced search.  Type in “floral” and you should see eight selections to choose from.  I found Floral Medallion, Floral Blossom, and Floral Diamond to be very attractive.  Good luck and thanks for turning to Floor Talk for help.

Annette