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  • Chosen laminate floor
  • Choose a quality underlayment to protect against moisture coming from the subfloor
  • Read any installation instructions you have very carefully
  • Hire a professional if you’re unsure how to proceed
  • Ensure that your subfloor is level, clean, and dry
  • When installing, leave a 10mm gap around the perimeter of your installation area as well as any fixed objects in the center
  • You will need to allow room for expansion as the laminate will respond to temperature changes over time
  • Once the laminate flooring has been installed, be aware of any spills on your laminate floor and clear them up as soon as they happen
  • Use a dry mop or a vacuum cleaner to keep the laminate floor clear of dust and dirt
  • Use protective pads on the feet of all furniture to reduce the risk of scratching the laminate flooring
  • Lift heavy furniture instead of dragging or pulling it, when you can
  • In lieu of pads, use a piece of carpet face down under heavy objects while moving them across your laminate floor
  • For things as heavy as a pool table or a piano, make sure to get help when you need it
  • Keep your curtains or blinds drawn during times of high sun. Direct exposure of sunlight can fade your flooring’s surface


  • Install laminate flooring over carpet
  • Install laminate flooring in areas subject to excessive moisture
  • Continue with your installation if your first row is not straight. The first row is the basis for the entire installation
  • Use a wax seal, polish, or abrasive cleansers on your laminate flooring. This can ruin the finish and the overall look of the laminate
  • Try to seal, lacquer, finish or sand your laminate floor
  • Use soap-based detergents or “mop-and-shine” products
  • Walk on the laminate floor while wearing stiletto heels or athletic footwear with spikes or metal cleats
  • Flood the floor when cleaning. It’s important to minimize moisture levels on the laminate floor. If excessive moisture finds its way underneath the flooring, it can cause the boards to swell