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Our Laminate Flooring Is Healthier for Your Home and the Planet

Our Laminate Flooring Is Healthier for Your Home and the Planet

If protecting the environment — globally as well as inside your home — is important to you, then you should know how laminate flooring sustainability could enhance both. Swiss Krono USA uses fresh pine harvested through ecologically sound forest thinning operations, which creates less impact on the environment and means that you get the look of exotic hardwoods without harming any real exotic or endangered wood species. The manufacturing process is so efficient and results in such little waste that we end up using almost every part of the tree in the construction of our planks. Laminate flooring sustainability advantages don’t end at the manufacturing plant. It carries right over into your home, beginning with the installation of your new floor. Our tongue-and-groove locking system installs easily without the need for glue or nails. This simple installation process means fewer power tools are needed, which results in less energy use. After installation is complete, scraps can be disposed of with the rest of your household garbage. Ours is also a much healthier floor to live with for years to come. Our Designer Floor Planks require little maintenance. Regular dusting and occasional damp mopping with a 3:1 water and vinegar solution will keep your floor looking like new with no need for harsh cleansers. Unlike hardwoods, our laminate floors will never need to be refinished — a process which introduces toxic levels of dust and noxious chemicals to your home. Laminate flooring focused on indoor air quality You’re not the only one concerned about indoor air quality. We are, too. In fact, we use absolutely no harmful substances — halogen,... Read More
Healthy Homes Start at the Floor

Healthy Homes Start at the Floor

For years now, we’ve been taking the recycling bin to the curb, buying organic food, and making a conscious effort to be less wasteful. But while many brands and consumers have been focused on doing what’s good for the planet, many of us have neglected to do what’s good for our own environments — the spaces inside our homes that we inhabit each and every day, for decades on end. Since its beginning, Swiss Krono USA has gone above and beyond to do what’s better for the planet. The fresh wood fibers used in the core of our planks is harvested through ecologically sound forest thinning operations. This minimizes our impact on the environment and gives you the look of exotic hardwoods without harming any real exotic or endangered wood species. Efficiencies in our manufacturing process enable us to use almost every part of the tree, as well, creating less waste for the landfills. But unlike many other brands of laminate flooring, Swiss Krono also does what’s better for the indoors, helping the people who live on our floors to lead healthier lives. We avoid using any harmful substances, like halogen, chloride, PVC, PCB, or dioxin in the construction of our product. Plus, the decorative paper layer that gives our planks the look of real wood is printed using water-based, low volatile organic compound (VOC) inks. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, VOCs contribute to increased levels of indoor air pollution, which can cause everything from eye, nose, and throat irritation to central nervous system damage and even cancer. Laminate flooring that’s right for the Earth and our... Read More
Why Laminate Floors Stand Up Better to Pets

Why Laminate Floors Stand Up Better to Pets

Many homeowners have seen their beloved dogs pretty much shredded their hardwood floors. They might have heard that laminate floors stand up better to pets, but is that true? Yes, laminate floors definitely stand up better to pets because they’re designed to be both durable and beautiful — something that simply can’t be said of hardwood floors. Hardwood floors are essentially wood planks with a clear coat of lacquer applied to the surface. This lacquer is easily worn and scratched away as pets or people move across the floor. What’s more, some hardwoods are actually soft woods, which can be easily gouged or dented. Laminate flooring like Swiss Krono USA Designer Floor Planks, on the other hand, is actually constructed so that the layer of decorative paper (the layer that gives the plank its wood grain appearance) and the resilient top layer are fused together for an abrasion-resistant surface. The high-density core of laminate planks also helps it resist dents and gouges. To learn more about taking care of your laminate floor if you do have pets, read more here. When you’re ready to buy laminate wood flooring, click here to visit our online Factory Outlet. You can buy overstocked laminate wood floors directly from the manufacturer and have it shipped to your home. You’ll save up to 30% on laminate floor planks, plus you’ll get free samples, free delivery, and free returns. And some come with a lifetime warranty, the best laminate flooring warranty you can... Read More
Top 10 Laminate Floor Cleaning Do’s and Don’ts

Top 10 Laminate Floor Cleaning Do’s and Don’ts

Top 10 Laminate Floor Cleaning Do’s and Don’ts Save Up TO 30% OFF In Our Laminate Flooring Outlet We get a lot of questions about how to clean laminate floors such as Swiss Krono USA’s Designer Floor Planks 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 avoid? 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... Read More
Cleaning Laminate Floors in Homes With Dogs

Cleaning Laminate Floors in Homes With Dogs

Can dogs scratch laminate floors? By its very nature and construction, laminate flooring products such as Swiss Krono USA’s Designer Floor Planks are durable and able to withstand scratches from even the biggest dogs. Sometimes scratches happen, however, so if and when they do happen 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 who 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 frequently with a microfiber mop and hot water in a spray or mister bottle. High-gloss laminate flooring often shows prints, 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... Read More
How to Remove Sunscreen Spray From Laminate Flooring

How to Remove Sunscreen Spray From Laminate Flooring

Sunscreen includes oily ingredients like Vitamin E and others that can potentially cause a waxy buildup on your Designer Floor Planks laminate flooring and leave smudge marks. The best advice for solving the problem is to avoid spraying sunscreen lotion without first covering the floor. Designate a particular space in your home for sunscreen application, 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’re 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 floor. To remove sunscreen buildup from your laminate flooring, use a 100% acetone bath wash one day and then return to your normal maintenance routine. Take care to mist the acetone on the floor and then remove it immediately and... Read More
FAQ Maintenance

FAQ Maintenance

Candle WaxChewing Gum Christmas Tree Chocolate Cleaning Dogs Flooded Floor Gaps Grease Humidity Juice Kitchen Pets (birds, dogs and cats) Plants Static Electricity Wine Wires and Cables   Candle Wax: My candle dripped wax on our laminate floor. Is it ruined?  What should I do? Allow to the wax to harden and gently scrape with a plastic scraper.Remove any residue with rubbing alcohol or 100% pure acetone. Chewing Gum: How do I remove candle wax or chewing gum? Allow it to harden and gently scrape with a plastic scraper. Your “Care and Cleaning” instructions state: “Do not use any cleaning agents containing wax, oil or polish.” What type of agent is recommended to help care of the surface finish and minimize the effects debris? We recommend the use of our laminate-floor cleaner, which is available at selected retailers in a maintenance kit. It contains a 32-oz. bottle of the laminate cleaner, a dust mop, felt protectors sized to fit chair and table legs, an advanced cleaning formula and a redeemable coupon for a color-fill repair kit. Please use felt protectors under furniture and replace all hard plastic or metal rollers on chairs with soft rubber rollers to avoid scratching the floor’s surface. Christmas Tree: Is it OK to put a Christmas tree on my laminate floor? Yes, as long as the tree stand has felt protectors and any water spills are wiped up immediately. It also will help if you place a liner – newspapers work — between the stand and the floor extending out to the drip line of the branches. That will keep needles and any sap... Read More

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