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Laminate vs. Hardwood Commercial Cleaning Methods

When it comes to uncarpeted flooring, many choose between the three most popular flooring options: tile, hardwood, and laminate. If you are looking for a warmer, more sophisticated vibe in your space, opting for laminate or hardwood flooring will be your best choice. Although these two floorings may share similar, wood-like qualities, they are quite different and so are their required commercial cleaning methods.

If you have laminate or hardwood flooring that you want to keep shiny and clean, while maintaining the visual and structural integrity of it, contracting the work of a commercial cleaner for your flooring can make a world of a difference.

Laminate vs. Wood – What’s the Difference

Laminate flooring is a synthetic, composite flooring which consists of multiple layers – the plywood/fiberboard core, the insulating base layers, and an image layer, all topped off by a protective transparent plastic layer. The “image layer” of laminate flooring is often that of wood and woodgrain, but laminate flooring can also have a stone like appearance.

Many opt for laminate in their spaces because it is a great way to achieve high quality, wood-looking floors at a more appealing price point, with incredible durability. Laminate flooring can withstand a lot more wear and tear from high traffic, and installation and repairs can easily be done on one’s own in a pinch. Laminate flooring is best for larger, heavily trafficked spaces that require a floor that can withstand a lot.

Hardwood flooring is precisely what it sounds like – flooring made of genuine wood, and it can come in a variety of different woods and stains. Hardwood floors are incredibly durable, and when maintained properly they can last for decades, even as long as the house. With wood floors the cleaning and maintenance requirements are more detailed, but the overall payoff is worth it. Wood floors are more susceptible to scratching and visual damage, however, wood floors can be sanded and refinished in order to be updated to match your tastes and spot repair.

Although wood flooring is more costly than alternative options such as laminate, the overall investment into the flooring has been known to boost the value of your space itself. Wood flooring is a great hard flooring option for any space, and because of its precarious needs, hiring a commercial cleaner to handle your hardwood floors can help maintain the longevity of your flooring.

Cleaning Laminate Floors

Laminate flooring is relatively easier to maintain than its hardwood counterpart, as many laminate options come with a built-in sealed layer for added durability and protection. However, because laminate flooring is unable to be sanded and refinished to be repaired, ensuring that you are practicing proper cleaning methods is crucial to the longevity of your flooring. Hiring a commercial cleaner to handle your laminate flooring is a surefire way to ensure that your laminate flooring is cleaned properly.

Laminate flooring requires careful commercial cleaning methods, it is crucial that you use as minimal water as possible as heavy moisture exposure could lead to damage. Laminate flooring should be mopped sparingly, only as often as monthly at the most. Because your laminate is only able to be thoroughly mopped once in a while, commercial cleaners focus on every fine detail of your floor and ensure that they are cleaned for perfection – and to a degree which can be easily maintained with a broom and vacuum until the next mopping. In addition to strict limitations when it comes to water and cleaning laminate flooring, the types of cleaners that should be used on laminate are very specific. Once again, because they are not able to be refinished, it is important to not use cleaners that are oil-based or too acidic and abrasive, which can damage the appearance and integrity of the flooring.

Commercial cleaners are able to clean laminate flooring with expert ease, and employing an experienced company to handle the cleaning of your laminate floors can maximize its lifespan. Common commercial cleaning methods service laminate floors with precision and accuracy, leaving them cleaner than imaginable, with no damage and improved durability.

Cleaning Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors can last as long as the building itself, but only when maintained and cleaned properly. Wood flooring is an investment, and in order to ensure that you get the most out of your money you must take proper steps to ensure its quality lasts. Hiring a commercial cleaner to take care of your hardwood floors is an expert way to ensure that your wood flooring shines to its full potential, for decades. Commercial cleaning methods for hardwood floors not only clean, but also fortify the integrity of the floor by using protective products and methods.

Cleaning wood flooring is incredibly simple, and commercial cleaners have mastered some of the most precise, thorough methods out there. For everyday cleaning, sweeping and vacuuming will typically do the job. However, for deeper cleaning, hardwood floors are a bit pickier when it comes to maintenance. As hardwood flooring is prone to scratching and wear and tear, which may compromise the finish/sealant of the floor, using any amount of water when cleaning the flooring can be risky. Commercial cleaners take this into account, and many commercial cleaning methods for hardwood floors involve little to no water. When mopping is necessary for hardwood flooring, it is important to also use as minimal water as possible, and even more importantly, a traditional mop should not be used. In order to avoid as little pooling and collecting of water on your hardwood flooring as possible, a microfiber mop should be used when deep cleaning the floor.

Commercial cleaners are able to handle hardwood floor cleanings with ease and are well versed in thorough and safe methods. Wood flooring can be cleaned far more often than laminate, which is ideal for spaces that require frequent thorough cleaning. Commercial cleaners have the right tools to clean wood flooring that has been damaged, so that you do not have to worry about damage or erosion to your flooring as a result of improper cleaning methods. Commercial cleaners are able to service your wood flooring in a way that increases the flooring’s lifespan and structural integrity, while leaving them flawless.

Do What’s Best for Your Floors

Regardless of whether you have laminate or hardwood flooring in your space, they both require careful commercial cleaning methods to maintain their appeal and structural integrity. Hiring a commercial cleaner to handle your flooring not only helps you ensure that every last corner is covered, but also ensures that your floors are being cleaned properly in a way that prevents deterioration and leaves them looking spotless. Hiring an experienced commercial cleaner for your laminate or hardwood flooring takes the stress of cleaning these large, sensitive surfaces off your plate and ensures that you get the most out of it!

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