Floating floors are among the easiest and most affordable flooring options on the market today. Since they don't have to be glued down like traditional floors, the installation process is quick and straightforward. Also, these floors deliver an excellent performance in rooms where temperature fluctuations are common. 

That's because they can expand and contract freely with changing temperatures. However, one of the primary risks of having floating floors is that they may be prone to warping and buckling, especially when poorly maintained. However, with proper care, floating floors can maintain their appearance and functionality for years.

Sweep and vacuum regularly 

Most floating floors are usually made from materials such as laminates, cork, and engineered hardwood. All these materials can lose their lustre if the surface is constantly scratched by debris and particles that cling to the shoes. If you have floating floors in a high-traffic area, you need to regularly sweep and clean them to get rid of these small particles. This prevents the debris from being dragged across the floor by the shoes and scratching at the surface. For high-traffic rooms, sweep and vacuum daily to preserve your floor. However, you can clean low-traffic areas at least once a week or when the need arises.

Don't drag furniture

When you want to move furniture across a room and have no one to help, the most logical option becomes to drag it along the floor. This seemingly harmless act can damage your floating floors. The furniture legs can scratch at the surface and leave unsightly marks. 

Unfortunately, unlike traditional glue-down floors, floating ones are a little harder to sand. Therefore, you may be forced to endure the nasty marks on your floor. The other option would be getting a replacement, and this would be pretty costly. Never drag furniture along the floor; instead, get someone to help with the lifting so that you can preserve the appearance of your flooring material.

Invest in mats

You want to flaunt your newly installed floor that gives your home that chic style; therefore, installing mats is not an option. However, mats can go a long way in extending the durability of your newly installed floors.

  • Carpets soak up liquid when spills occur, and this protects your floor from staining.
  • If you have pets, installing a mat would prevent your cat or dog from scratching at the floor with their claws.
  • Carpets protect floors in high-traffic areas from experiencing premature wear.

Now, you don't have to cover up your entire floor with a mat. Use them on high-traffic areas and in your pets' play area, and your floor will maintain its look for years.

Has your floating floor already suffered damage and would benefit from some repairs? Don't hesitate to contact a contractor to discuss your flooring needs.