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Cleaning Laminate: Before and After Water Damage

By FAF Staff Writer, (252 words) Posted in Laminate Flooring on November 10, 2008
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No matter what type of flooring you have, there's one basic rule when it comes to preventing water damage: If there's a spill, try to clean it up immediately.

That being said, when it comes to laminate flooring, you can apply that old sports adage: The best defense is a good offense. In other words, address the problem before it occurs.

Before you buy your laminate floors, ask the vendor the following questions:

  • "Is the backing layer of this laminate flooring made of melamine plastic?" The answer here should be yes. Melamine backing layers tend to be more stable than laminate made with paper backing. They are also better at guarding against moisture coming up from the subfloor.

  • "Has the core been treated with water repellent chemicals?" While you're finding this out, make sure the core is made of high density fiberboard (HDF), which offers greater moisture resistance than medium density fiberboard (MDF).

  • "What type of water damage does the warranty cover?" While some warranties cover certain types of water damage, you'll rarely find a warranty that covers all potential disasters. Get a clear explanation of the warranty before you buy. And if, for example, your fridge has a leaky ice maker or you live in an area susceptible to flooding, you should also mention these things to the vendor before you make your purchase. Some warranties won't even cover your new laminate floor if installed in bathrooms or kitchens. So buyer beware!

 

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Yesterday, I had a massive flood in my NYC condo from my neighbor above me. A large section of my engineered Brazilian cherry wood floor was damaged. Six of my wood floor panels popped up as much as 3 inches. I am in a panic since I spent alot of money to have it installed and don't have condo insurance. Does any have any tips how I can fix by myself? i.e. Do I buy a power fan to blow hot air? NYC wood flooring nyMasterpiece company (http://www.flooringnewyork.com) did an amazing job installing it a year ago, but of course they want to charge to fix it. Thanks in advance! -JP

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Laminate Board posted on: August 25, 2016

Thank you for sharing, can I use this tips for my laminate board? Cause I got some water damage too

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Thank you for sharing, can I use this tips for my Laminate Board ? Cause I got some water damage too

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