Since this board is a little slow thought I would ask about this now though it is in the home we won't be at for a couple of months. Just bought house and it has laminate floors. The dog was used to laminate floors but being weird he was afraid of the floors and to get to one room from another he would run like mad without his body moving. Funny to watch.
After a few day I notice scratches on the floor. Laminate should not scratch! I did read that some cleaners leave a residue or it is possible the previous owner waxed it. It was suggested that the only way to remove this is a heat gun and scrapper. If this is true I'm in trouble because I cannot be on my knees that long.
Has anyone run into this problem? What did you do if anything? I cannot think of any other way to remove it if it is wax. Can you?
I had large dogs and laminate. Laminate can scratch. There are other ways to remove the wrong floor product, if that really is the case.
Laminate can definitely scratch. Chip and dent, too. And when it's new(er), it can be pretty darned slippery, too. Given enough time and moppings, the slipperiness gradually ebbs; but when mine was new, I refrained from walking on it in socked feet. I don't have dogs, but have heard plenty of stories about pets who had trouble with the slipperiness of laminates.
So don't assume there is wax on the floor, and be very cautious about using any kind of strong stripper to the floor - which almost surely would destroy a plastic laminate.
Vinegar and water in a spray bottle and a microfiber is all I ever clean our porch laminate with. The vinegar solution may also be a safe remover of any possible wax residue? Quarter of a cup white vinegar for a quart of water is what I mix. At least it won't hurt anything.
I know laminate can scratch as I did it with an unprotected chair leg. I don't know why I said it should not scratch. (Senior moment?). But we had laminate in our last house and my dog, who never walks when he can run, did not scratch that floor. Perhaps this is a lower grade of laminate?
We were only in the house a short time before coming north and I only washed 2, maybe 3 times using a diluted vinegar solution. Since I can't flood it or let any solution sit on it do you think it is possible repeated washing with vinegar (or something else) may help? I have a couple closets I can experiment in.
The reason I think it may be wax or some other surface coating is that when I rubbed a scratch with my finger nail it disappeared though there was a larger different looking area then.
My particular brand of flooring can be washed with ammonia solution, but I suspect not all can. You'd have to know your brand and check with the company. Ammonia should, of course, remove most waxy or greasy finishes.
And yes, the product comes in a bunch of different grades. Some would not be a 'scratchable' as others.
Since I have no way of knowing the brand I will use the information from yours Nettiejay. But I will try it in a closet first so if it dulls the floor it will not be noticeable. Thanks so much.
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