How to Enjoy Candles This Holiday Season Without Worrying About a Waxy Mess

Nothing makes a home cozier during the holidays than the appearance and scent of wax candles. While candles should never go unattended, there may be a time when dripping wax may make a mess of things. When that happens, you’ll wish you had laminate wood flooring from American Concepts. That’s because prompt attention will keep your laminate floor looking like new. Just follow these simple steps to clean dripped wax from your laminate floor: Allow wax to cool completely. Using a plastic scraper, gently scrape from the floor. If a small amount of wax remains, slightly dampen a new, clean sponge and microwave it for 30 seconds. Wearing household gloves, sponge over the waxy area to heat and absorb remaining wax. Clean with laminate floor cleaner as necessary. These steps also are effective with gum. However, if gum fails to harden completely, put ice in a plastic bag and press the bag on top of the gum. This should harden the gum for more-effective scraping. To remove residual gum, dab a bit of peanut butter on a rag or sponge and work over the affected area. After, clean with laminate floor... Read More

Chestnuts May Fear Your Fireplace, but Your American Concepts Floor Will Not

Holidays are the time of year when the cold weather outside your home turns your thoughts to an open fire on the inside. Rest assured that the shine of your American Concepts laminate floor will enhance the warmth and glow of your well-tended fire. While standard safety precautions are always recommended – using an adequate fireplace screen and making sure that there is at least 24 inches between your fireplace and your floor – your American Concepts laminate wood floor gives you an extra gift or protection: Limited exposure to a spark or ember won’t harm a plank. However, if the exposure is long enough to create a mark that won’t come clean with recommended cleaning procedures, it’s relatively easy to replace a plank. Especially knowing that American Concepts finishes each plank with a wear layer that includes UV protection, ensuring a consistent match between new and worn... Read More

Floor Them This Holiday Season With American Concepts

Nothing makes holidays merrier than sharing your home with family and friends. But the more isn’t always merrier on a natural wood floor, which can scratch, gouge or be dented by well-meaning company or extra family pets. But that’s when a laminate wood floor from American Concepts will shine. Its four-layer manufacturing process ensures natural-looking wood planks that can withstand extra wear and tear from people moving in and out of your home, carrying outside dirt and grit onto your floor. Because no matter how much you clean – and let’s face it, a houseful of guests doesn’t always afford time for regular cleaning – that tracked in grit and dirt will dull a wood surface or, worse, scratch or gouge it. American Concepts laminate flooring also is easy to clean. Whether its chocolate, eggnog, wine or pinesap, clean up is easy with water, or a laminate floor cleaner, or 100-percent pure alcohol or acetone. For candle wax or chewing gum, simply scrape it off and finish with the same cleaning regimen. Either way, your American Concepts laminate wood floor will remain as beautiful as the day it was... Read More
General Laminate Flooring Cleaning and Care

General Laminate Flooring Cleaning and Care

Tips for Cleaning and Caring for Laminate Floor Never leave any amounts of liquids (water, juices, soft drinks, alcohol, etc.) on the floor for more than the time necessary to clean the spill. Immediately wipe up wet areas from spills, foreign substances or wet shoes. Do not use any cleaning agents containing wax, oil or polish. Leftover residue from these agents can leave a dull film on the floor. Do not use steel wool or scouring powder, as this could scratch the floor. Use either a natural or colorfast doormat outside and inside each entrance to your home to prevent dirt, sand, grit and other substances from being tracked onto the floor. Use wide-bearing, non-staining floor protectors, such as hard plastic or felt pad protectors under chair and table legs. Never use a floor steam cleaner, as this will harm your floor and void your warranty. Cleaning Stains and Other Problems:  Cleaning technique: Chocolate, Grease, Juice, Wine Dampen a rag with water and laminate floor cleaner and spot clean. Asphalt, Cigarette Burns, Crayon, Dried Foods, Ink, Nail Polish, Paint, Shoe Polish Dampen a rag with rubbing alcohol or 100% pure acetone and spot clean. Candle Wax, Chewing Gum Allow to harden and gently scrape with a plastic... Read More
How to Clean Your Laminate Wood Floors

How to Clean Your Laminate Wood Floors

The day your laminate wood floors are installed is a lot like the day you drive a brand new car off the lot. You find yourself staring at their pristine beauty with bittersweet pride, thinking, “They will never look this perfect again.” But unlike the car, laminate-wood floors are designed to be beautiful and durable, which means you can recapture that “just-installed look” any time by simply cleaning your laminate-wood floors. It’s actually very easy to clean laminate-wood floors. One of the easiest methods is using the vacuum cleaner. Just make sure to turn your vacuum to the wood-floors setting, and off you go. Another popular method is to use a dry dust mop, like Swiffer®. This, too, is great for quickly removing any dust bunnies or pet-hair tumbleweeds. Here’s a little tip for you: Several laminate-flooring manufacturers sell laminate-flooring cleaning kits. These kits cost from $20 to $60 and usually contain a dust mop and bottle of cleaning solution. Save yourself the money and skip the kit. Chances are you already own a Swiffer® or something similar. And below, we’ll tell you how to make your own cleaning solution for next to nothing. If you have the time and inclination, you can go for a more professional cleaning. You’ll need a sponge mop, but a dry dust mop can work in a pinch, too. You can buy a bottle of laminate-floor cleaner from your independent flooring retailer, or prepare a homemade cleaning solution using three parts water to one part vinegar. Just pour the solution into a spray bottle and go. Remember to always spray the mop head;... Read More
Top 10 Laminate Cleaning Do’s and Don’ts

Top 10 Laminate Cleaning Do’s and Don’ts

We get a lot of questions about how to clean such laminate floors as American Concepts and which floor cleaners to use. Here are our 10 Laminate Floor Cleaner Do’s and Don’ts: First, let’s review the basics for cleaning laminate floors: 1. Always use a microfiber dust mop and laminate-floor cleaner in a spray bottle. 2. Only spray the microfiber dust mop and NOT the laminate floor directly. 3. It’s OK to sweep or vacuum your laminate floor as long as you don’t vacuum with a beater brush. What laminate floor cleaners can you use? 4. Bruce® and Bona® laminate-floor cleaners work well. 5. Don’t underestimate how effective a vinegar-and-water solution in a spray bottle is for cleaning your laminate floors! 6. Don’t add soap to your cleaning solution. Soap will make your laminate floors slippery. Which laminate-floor cleaners or cleaning methods should you stay away from? 7. We’re very glad you asked! Here’s our list of floor cleaners and methods you should stay away from: • Any kind of soap • Any steam or wet cleaning system • Beater brush on vacuum cleaners • Cleaners with harsh abrasives • Cleaning agents containing wax, oil or polish — which will leave a dull film on your laminate floor • Commercial floor cleaners – which will leave a haze on the laminate-floor surface • Damp mops • Doctor Bronner’s® liquid soap • Floor steam cleaners • Mop and Glo® • Murphy® Oil Soap • Scouring powder (such as Comet® or Ajax®) • Shark® Steam Products • Steel wool • Swiffer® Bissell® Steamboost • Swiffer® Sweeper Wet Mopping Cloths (or similar)... Read More
Three Laminate Floor Repair Kit Must-Haves

Three Laminate Floor Repair Kit Must-Haves

As incredibly durable and stain-resistant as laminate flooring is, accidents do happen. For that reason, we recommend that you have handy a laminate-floor repair kit that includes three must-haves: towels, laminate-floor cleaner and micro-fiber mop, and laminate floor repair kit for dents and scratches. Let’s explore the accidents you might encounter and how our laminate-floor repair kit recommendations can save the day. Problem: Liquid or water spills on laminate floors “Topical moisture” is an enemy of any floating-floor system, especially if it isn’t addressed quickly. That’s because liquids, if left standing on your laminate floor for an extended period of time, could seep into the seams of the planks and cause problems later on. Laminate-Floor Repair Kit Must-Have #1: Towels Always have a towel (cloth or paper) handy in rooms where these accidents are likely, principally kitchens (see The Kitchen and Laminate Flooring) and bathrooms (see Bathrooms and Laminate Flooring). You should also consider using glue when you install laminate flooring planks within 5 feet of a water source per Swiss Krono’s recommendation. Problem: Small scratches and abrasions on laminate floors While this may sound more like care and maintenance advice, we recommend that laminate-floor cleaner and closed-loop terrycloth or a micro-fiber mop be a part of your standard laminate-floor repair kit. It’s the best way to proactively protect your laminate floor from small scratches and abrasions. Even with using walk-off mats at exterior entrances, soils and sandy particles (especially if you live near the ocean) will get tracked in. Over time, those gritty particles could dull the brilliant new finish of your laminate floor despite the toughest aluminum-oxide... Read More
Cleaning Laminate Floors in Homes With Dogs

Cleaning Laminate Floors in Homes With Dogs

Can dogs scratch laminate floors? Laminate flooring, by its very nature and construction, is very durable and able to withstand scratches from even the biggest dogs. However, sometimes scratches happen. If and when a scratch happens, you’ll want to use a laminate floor repair kit. How to erase dog tracks from your laminate floors One of our Swiss Krono customer-service experts knows all too well the answer to this problem! She has two house-dogs and they play tag whenever the mood strikes them, and this means paw prints are everywhere. Here’s what she has to say: “I often clean with a microfiber dust mop, dampening it with warm water and vinegar in a spray bottle. In addition, the vinegar acts like an odor eliminator so I have no doggie smells, especially after they have gotten wet on their daily walks. I installed my laminate flooring in 2006 and it still looks great.” If your laminate floor is highly glossy, you’ll want to clean them frequently with a microfiber mop and hot water in a spray or mister bottle. High-gloss laminate flooring often shows prints — and especially so if you have a dog. How to remove muddy dog paw (and people) prints If the mud is wet, see above and wipe it all up quickly. Consider adding doormats by your doors so mud doesn’t get tracked in. For dry mud, vacuuming or sweeping will do the trick. Just make sure your vacuum doesn’t use a beater brush. Oh, and forget about floor steam cleaners and wet jets. They add moisture to the mix and can damage your floor! How to... Read More
How to Remove Sunscreen Spray From Laminate Floor

How to Remove Sunscreen Spray From Laminate Floor

Sunscreen includes oily ingredients like Vitamin E and others for moisture. These types of ingredients could potentially cause a waxy build up on your American Concepts laminate flooring and leave smudge marks. The best advice is to avoid spraying sunscreen lotion on without covering the floor. Designate a particular space, preferably where laminate isn’t installed. Practice standing on an over-sized beach towel whenever using sunscreen to avoid radicals from the spray mixing with dust particles in the air and landing on the floor. If you are walking about in your home with sunscreen on, always remember to wear flip-flops or bedroom slippers to avoid direct foot-print smudges on your laminate... Read More
How to Keep Your Floor Nice and Shiny

How to Keep Your Floor Nice and Shiny

Keep that brand-new look on your American Concepts laminate flooring with minimum effort. Simply mix one part vinegar and three parts water in a spray-nozzle bottle and mist onto the floor. Remove with a microfiber mop. Minimize cleaning around high-traffic areas by putting down a rubber-backed doormat in front of any exterior entrance and placing a runner mat in front of the walkway entrance. Give the floor a through cleaning (acetone may be needed) and then go back to the basic cleaning... Read More