How to Take Care of Pergo Laminate Flooring

Pergo Requires Some Special Care

Awhile back my husband and I chose to get rid of our carpet and install Pergo Laminate Flooring in our condo instead.

We found out the best and easiest way to clean our floor.

After the flooring was installed, we thought our work was done.

What we didn’t know was that Pergo has a few issues that require

  • watchfulness
  • special care

Pergo Can Damage Easily In Some Situations

Pergo laminate flooring is great stuff.

It’s beautiful and

  • comes in a great variety of designs
  • is durable
  • is easy to clean

but owners of Pergo flooring have to be careful with it.

Pergo will last a lifetime if you take good care of it.

Pergo will last a lifetime if you take good care of it.

It Is Not Scratch Free

Although the makers of this product advertise that Pergo is scratch resistant, that doesn’t mean it is “scratch free”.

We have friends who installed some of this flooring down in their condo.

They have a big family, and their grandchildren often

  • scrape and drag their toys across the floor
  • throw things down on it
  • generally abuse it

Because the design is dark and mostly solid, every scratch shows.

Once Pergo gets scratched, dirt gets into the areas that have been attacked.

This eventually leads to a dull surface that isn’t nearly as attractive as it used to be and can serve as a good (but costly) reason for replacement.

Keep your Pergo dry. When Pergo gets too wet, it can buckle, and this can create major problems.

Keep your Pergo dry. When Pergo gets too wet, it can buckle, and this can create major problems.

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Keep It Dry

Another problem is that you have to be careful that you don’t get Pergo wet.

  1. If it gets too wet, the planks will buckle.
  2. Even if this only happens in one section of the floor, repairing it is difficult.
  3. Most likely, the entire floor will have to be replaced.

One reason for this is that, like most flooring, Pergo comes in color batches.

It’s very difficult to match one batch with another.

Another is that Pergo is an interlocking flooring system.

So, if one section comes undone, it can affect the others.

All Issues Are Not Fixable

A professional may or may not be able to fix the second problem, but the first one would be almost impossible to fix unless the damaged area sits in a dark or hidden area.

Since we researched Pergo extensively before deciding to buy it, we were aware of its problems.

 

To protect our new floor, here’s what we did:

If you install Pergo correctly and take good care of it, you should never have to replace it.
If you install Pergo correctly and take good care of it, you should never have to replace it.
How To Protect Pergo
  1. We bought a pattern that included varying shades of wood tones, so that if the floor did get scratched, the scratches would be hard to see.
  2. We also bought this type of pattern so that if we ever did have a problem, color batch matching would not be a problem.
  3. The mixed pattern also would give us the chance to partially match the old floor to the new in the event damage did occur. By this I mean that it would look as though the old and new line divisions matched.
  4. We replaced all of the plastic and metal wheels on our beds with rubber ones.
  5. We put felt pads under the legs of our movable furniture pieces.
  6. We put larger felt pads under our bigger pieces of furniture.
  7. 7. We wear rubber soled shoes the majority of the time. If we need to wear other types of shoes, we carry them to the door and put them on there when leaving, and remove them there when entering.
  8. We never wet mop the floor or use any type of mop that sprays liquid on the floor. Instead we mist the floor with a solution of ¼ c vinegar to 1 gallon of water or we dry mop it.
  9. We wash our Quickie mop heads separately so they don’t pick up particles of materials from other fabrics or any chemicals that might be on them.
  10. We never use anything but Quickie Professional Hardwood Floor Mops to clean our floors.
  11. We use separate mop heads for wet and dry cleaning.

These things may sound like they’re a lot of trouble, but you only have to put furniture protectors on one time.

Once they’re in place, the rest is easy.

If you take care of your Pergo it will last a long time. It will also look beautiful and be easy to clean.

If you take care of your Pergo it will last a long time. It will also look beautiful and be easy to clean.

Keep Your Pergo Forever

Instead of listening to advice from other Pergo owners, we called the company directly to find out what we needed to do to keep our flooring beautiful.

I can honestly tell you that after nine months of use, the floor looks just like new.

If you take care of your Pergo Laminate Flooring the way we have, yours will look just as good.

More importantly is the fact that you should never have to replace it.

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