Get the look and feel of genuine hardwood surfaces with laminate floors. Easy to clean and maintain, these affordable, yet elegant laminated flooring solutions boast high moisture resistance, therefore allowing for installations in areas where conventional hardwood cannot be used.
Laminated floors are hygienic, versatile, durable and environmentally friendly. These characteristics make our range of laminate floors suitable for use in sustainable interior design and building practices.
With our wide range of patterns and textures from various top brands, we cater to your specific floor requirements. Enhance the overall aesthetic appearance of your home, office, retail store, restaurant or hotel with laminates that are affordable and exceptionally easy to install.
Everything from country and classic styles, to ultra-modern and bold designs is available in a wide range of colours to fit your particular interior colour scheme.
Laminated flooring faithfully replaces wood, stone and other natural materials. Unlike wood, which can dent, laminate flooring is almost impervious to dents and scratches. These are man-made floor coverings that have introduced many new developments in faux designs and textures and surface finishes. Most laminated floor coverings available in South Africa are manufactured to the European Standard of Laminated Flooring EN13329, which is a mandatory requirement for manufacturers and your guarantee of quality.
Laminate consists of a decorative surface which is protected by a wear-resistant layer above it, and strengthened by a sturdy fibre backing.
Laminate flooring products can be manufactured to look like surfaces such as granite and wood, but at a much lower cost. Laminate floor covering is usually more realistic than vinyl when it comes to replicating natural materials. Padding can be placed beneath laminate flooring for extra comfort.
- Can often be laid directly over existing flooring, which saves time and money.
- Easy maintenance.
- Superior durability.
- Sustained look and feel.
- Most laminate flooring is manufactured with a ‘wear layer’ which protects it against most scratches, scuffs and stains.
Cleaning and maintenance of laminate floor covering is easy.
A mop with an ammonia-based floor cleaner will remove dirt and leave a shine. Vacuum the laminate floor before mopping if there is soil that needs to be removed. There is no need to polish or wax laminate flooring, and it should not be buffed or sanded as this will damage the surface.
Engineered flooring is made of several layers of wood or different grades of the same wood stacked and glued together under heat and pressure. It is less likely to be affected by changes in humidity. It works well in bathrooms, kitchens and basements where light moisture might be present. Still it does not hold up to really wet areas that flood frequently. They can be installed in a number of different ways either nail down, glue down or a floating floor. Like all other flooring engineered flooring comes in a variety of size colour and species.
There is a wide range of solid flooring available on the market today namely Oregon Pine, Kiaat, Mahogany, Teak, Saligna, Rosewood just to name a few. Solid flooring can be stained to your specific needs and can be varnished with a choice of sealers namely Water or Oiled based either in gloss, semi gloss or matt finish.
Vinyl floors are ideal for kitchens, bathrooms and lounges or any high traffic area, they are quick to install and even easier to clean- the cushioned surface is hygienic, scratch resistant and insulates against cold and impact noise, with a non slip waterproof coating and protective wear layer for extra durability.
Sanding and sealing
At Classic Floors you can trust your floor will be sanded with the right tools. We sand all types of flooring from floorboards and parquetry to perfection using 95% dust free machines. The installation and finishing of hardwood and solid wood flooring is a process which cannot be rushed. Solid wood floors can be stained.Floor finishes can be either water or oil based sealers. The many wood species available are Teak, Oregon Pine, Ash, Meranti, Walnut, Mahogany, Saligna.
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Laminate Flooring - Maintenance
Spring is always a good time to clean your home and bring in the freshness of a new season.
Most people may wonder how to go about cleaning laminate flooring. Are there special cleaning products, is there a certain mop and should I use water?
Cleaning a laminate floor is easy and effortless as long as you have the right cleaning products. “Laminate flooring has a non-porous surface that’s sealed and therefore does not trap dust or allow for the breeding of dust mites.
A laminate floor is extremely durable and can handle almost any stains, spills and dirt and is very easy to clean. Dirt and dust can be quickly and completely removed from the smooth surface with a microfiber mop, broom, vacuum cleaner or damp cloth, keeping the floor in an absolutely clean and perfect hygienic condition.
Another advantage is that laminates offer clean design lines, making the surface seem fresh and bright, giving the impression of a spotless floor and a tidy space. “This is especially true for light coloured laminates”.
Do not use abrasive cleaners, ammoniac or water to clean the laminate as this will damage the surface. To maintain the lustre and remove stubborn marks such as glue, paint, tar chewing gum and permanent marker pens, make use of a non-abrasive cleaner stocked by flooring professionals.
Varnishing or waxing the floor is not necessary as this treatment will affect the intrinsic properties of the laminate. “To avoid marks on your laminate, use felt pads under furniture and soft rubber castors on chairs and place door mats or dust traps in areas such as halls and entrances”.
Thanks to laminate flooring, keeping your home clean and tidy this spring is an easy task. It is also a great flooring option because you can have the beautiful look of hardwood without the extra maintenance.
If you don’t already own a laminate floor, why not consider having one installed to give any room a fresh, new look? Today, we are spoilt for choice with the wide variety of laminate flooring options available – there is a plethora of various colours, textures and sizes to choose from. “Resilience, value-for-money and fashionable colour options are all part of the laminate package, making it a very popular flooring choice.”
The surface of a laminate board is non-porous, making it completely sealed and therefore very hygienic. Unlike other floor coverings, laminates’ surface area prevents the breeding of dust mites, micro-organisms and bacteria. Dirt, oil and grime can’t be trapped, as the surface is impenetrable, resulting in a cleaner floor that creates a healthy environment that is ideal for people with allergies.
Laminates are extremely durable as they are resistant to fire, moisture, cigarette burns, scratches, impact dents and chair castors. As for ease of maintenance, laminates can handle almost any stains, spills and dirt and are extremely easy to clean. “Where budget is an important factor in the decision making process, laminates are a big contender as they are a value for money options, offering a wide range of options to suit most budgets.
With laminates, the choice of colours and textures is endless, from a variety of exotic wood finishes to shades of brown, beige, reds, blues, pinks, natural whites and distressed greys. The laminate industry keeps up to date with the latest design styles and fashionable colours, therefore you’ll be sure to find laminates that are right on trend.
- Wipe up wet spills immediately. Water + Laminate = Disaster
- Place mats under your furry friend’s water bowl and consider a mat under your baby’s high chair.
- Don’t use anything that promotes a shine. These cause waxy buildup that is very difficult to remove.
- Avoid pine scented cleaners. These cleaners leave a dull, soapy residue.
Solid Wood Flooring
All hardwood floors, regardless of how the floor has been finished, require preventive maintenance in order to maintain the beauty of the hardwood floor:
- Every floor must be dust mopped, vacuumed or swept with a soft bristle broom daily, or as often as necessary, to remove grit and dust from the surface. Walking on dusty or dirty floor is the fastest way to damage a finish.Place walk-off mats at all exterior entrances. This will capture much of the harmful dirt before it even reaches the hardwood floor. Shake out, wash or vacuum mats and area rugs frequently.
- Floor protector pads of soft felt or similar material should be placed on the bottoms of the legs of the furniture. Floor protectors must be kept clean of grit and periodically replaced.
- Keep high heels in good repair. An unprotected tip will dent any hardwood floor.
- Kitchen floors experience the most traffic in a home. To prevent premature wear of the floor, place an area rug in front of the sink and stove area. Shake out or vacuum the rugs frequently.
If using a heating or air-conditioning system, it is important to use a humidifier or dehumidifier in conjunction with the heating or air conditioning system to maintain relative humidity in the home at 30-50%. This will maintain the moisture in the wood and minimise cracks between the boards especially during dry winters.
- Urethane finishes routine cleaning. Use the finish manufacturer’s or the prefinished floor manufacturer’s recommended cleaning system. Never wax a urethane finish. Oiled floors is also cleaned with a floor cleaner designed for use with oiled floors and every three months after the floor has been cleaned then a light coat of oil is wiped on by your domestic helper by dipping some mutton cloth into the container of maintenance oil squeezing dry and a light coat to be wiped onto the floor. If this is done then the floor just gets better all the time and may never need to be sanded and sealed ever again.
- Do not generally wet a wood floor with water. When using any wood floor cleaner which requires mixing with water, follow mixing directions precisely. A cloth wetted with water and squeezed dry may be used to wipe up food stuffs and other spills, provided the area is buffed dry immediately. Heel or scuff marks and stubborn stains may be removed by lightly rubbing with a cloth and a wood floor cleaner. There are refresher products on the market to make scratches less visible.
- Long-term maintenance: Urethane finishes will eventually show wear patterns from surface scratching. When high traffic areas begin to look dull, it is time to recoat or restore the finish. Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. Recoat or restore does not necessary mean a full sand down to the bare wood again.
The DO’S AND DON’TS OF WOOD FLOORING
Advanced finish technology and innovative products make wood one of the most beautiful and easy-care flooring materials today.
Know the type of finish on the wood floor. Follow the proper maintenance procedures for the particular finish.
- Never wax a urethane floor. The majority of floors installed today have urethane finishes.
- Never use sheet vinyl or tile floor care products on wood floors. Self-polishing acrylic waxes cause wood to become slippery and appear dull quickly. The only remedy for this situation is to re-coat or sand and refinish the floor.
- Place mats and throw rugs at doorways, exteriors and interiors to help prevent the tracking of grit, dirt and sand.
- Sweep or vacuum wood floors regularly.
- Never wet-mop a wood floor. Standing water can dull the finish, damage the wood and leave a discolouring residue. A dampened mop is better, then wipe dry.
- Wipe up food and other spills immediately with a dry or slightly dampened towel (wipe dry.)
- Put plastic or fabric-faced glides under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching.
- Remember: cleats, sports shoes and high heels can dent any floor surface.
- When moving heavy furniture, protect wood flooring by slipping a piece of cloth or blanket under the legs or covering each leg with a heavy sock or half a milk carton.
- For wood flooring in the kitchen, place an area rug in front of the kitchen sink and stove to catch water and fat spills.