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 like Swiss Krono USA’s Designer Floor Planks. 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 Designer Floor Planks Won’t

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 Designer Floor Planks 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 Swiss Krono USA 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 Swiss Krono finishes each plank with a wear layer that includes UV protection, ensuring a consistent match between new and worn boards. See more about how we manufacture our laminate floor planks... Read More

Floor Them During Any Holiday Season With Designer Floor Planks

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 featuring Swiss Krono USA’s Designer Floor Planks will shine. Our 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. Swiss Krono laminate flooring also is easy to clean. Whether its chocolate, eggnog, wine or pinesap, cleanup is easy with water, 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 Designer Floor Planks will remain as beautiful as the day they were... Read More
Laminate Flooring Cleaning and Care Tips

Laminate Flooring Cleaning and Care Tips

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. Don’t use any cleaning agents containing wax, oil or polish. Leftover residue from these agents can leave a dull film on the floor. Don’t use steel wool or scouring powder, which 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, which could 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 Swiss Krono USA Designer Floor Planks 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.” Unlike the car, though, laminate wood floors are designed to be beautiful and durable, which means you can recapture that “just-installed look” any time by simply cleaning them. 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®, which can be 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, which 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... 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
Three Laminate Floor Repair Kit Must-Haves

Three Laminate Floor Repair Kit Must-Haves

As incredibly durable and stain-resistant as Swiss Krono USA Designer Floor Planks are, accidents do happen. So 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 and bathrooms. 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 wear layer found on laminate flooring to... 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
How to Keep Your Laminate Floor Nice and Shiny

How to Keep Your Laminate 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 a runner mat in front of the walkway entrance. Give the floor a through cleaning when necessary (acetone may be needed) and then go back to the basic cleaning... Read More

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