Floor Laminates for Easy Cleaning

Laminates, which are available in a wide range of exciting colours and designs provide a modern, durable, stain resistant and easily cleaned surface. Once applied a laminate surface needs no further attention. In addition to plain colours, laminates are made in simulated wood and marbled effects, tile patterns and random designs. These provide a wide choice to fit in with any décor scheme.

Decorative laminates are made from several sheets of compressed paper, a core of heavy brown kraft paper applied to a décorative surface paper, resin-bonded under great pressure and heat, to produce a single sheet of dense, hard material.

Laminated surfaces can be used anywhere in the home where a hard-wearing and easy-to-clean surface is required. Modern laminates are made in both plain colours and a wide range of decorative designs. They are produced in three sizes of l.22m wide sheets: 2.44m, 2.74m and 305m, and an extra-wide 4.12m x 1.52m sheet. There are two thicknesses: l.5mm for surfaces which have to take hard wear and l mm for lighter uses, such as shelf linings and the inside of doors.

Planning your needs saves money. Work out the sections you want and buy sheets accordingly. It is possible to buy offcuts quite cheaply for small areas. Laminate can also be bought ready cut to size but this usually costs around 50 per cent more.

Some types of household cleaners, such as bleach and fruit juice, may stain laminates. A good rule is to avoid putting very hot objects on to a laminated surface and to wipe up spillage quickly.

Always store laminate flat and away from damp surfaces. Before using, keep it indoors for at least 48 hours, so that it adjusts to room temperature. Though inert, laminate is subject to slight expansion and contraction from temperature variation.

Before fixing laminate to any surface, ensure that this is clean, dry and free from grease. It should also be rigid. If the surface has been painted or varnished, this should be taken down to bare wood. The best surfaces are those consisting of block-board, plywood and chipboard. These provide continuous surfaces without joints which could pull away with fluctuations in humidity.

Unsupported surfaces, such as the in-sides of cupboard doors, should be lined with a thin, cheap (l mm thick) laminate, to prevent warping caused by the outside sheet of laminate.

10. November 2011 by admin
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