Maintaining laminate flooring is easy and rewarding!

Maintaining laminate flooring is easy and rewarding!

Correctly maintaining laminate flooring will keep your floor looking like new.

Maintaining laminate flooring is very easy. Nevertheless, proper cleaning is absolutely necessary. To keep the exceptional appearance of your flooring for decades, the correct use of cleaning agents, preventative measures and the right cleaning technique is required.

By following the correct care and cleaning instructions, you’ll ensure you’ll get the maximum life out of your laminate floor. These guidelines are based on years of practical experience.

Keep your flooring looking brand new

The toughness and resilience of Krono Original® laminate flooring keeps it looking great everyday: wear and tear from daily use is rarely seen.


There’s no need to always worry about your floor staining. Even the toughest of spills are easy to remove with just a damp cloth. Red wine, oil, jam, and nail polish are no match for your laminate flooring.

Indentations and scratches

Rarely will furniture leave any indentations behind when it sits atop Krono Original® laminate flooring. To prevent possible damage, furniture should not be dragged or pushed across the surface, rather it should be lifted and put into place. When moving a fridge you should slide it on upturned carpet. It’s purely common sense!

Be careful with pianos – the excessive weight from a piano means they shouldn’t be placed on a floating floor in the first place, as it may prevent the free movement of the floating floor, causing pinch-points. This may cause your floor to start lifting. Other heavy furniture such as wall shelving is generally OK.

For those with chairs or stools they shove on the laminate flooring they love, we highly recommend affixing ‘sliders’ (felt pads) to the chair legs. If using castors with office chairs, please use soft rubber ones (labelled W) according to DIN 68131, or use a protective chair mat.

Light sensitivity

Our laminate flooring from Krono Original® is light resistant to level 6 of the Blue Wool Scale according to DIN 13229, meaning that the colouring of your flooring will always remain the same. No real wood flooring can ever achieve this, as it darkens over time.

The right care for your laminate flooring

At the basic level, laminate flooring is extremely durable and easy to care for. Small stains can be removed quickly and easily with just a damp cloth.

  • In high-traffic areas with lots of dirt, such as entryways, mats will help to protect against abrasions. Small stones brought inside from shoes are the enemy of any type of floor.
  • Furniture legs should be protected with sliders/felt pads to guard against scratching. Note that you can void your warranty should you not use felt pads.
  • Office chairs with wheels should use class W, soft castors.
  • Standing water should be avoided at all costs. Take extra caution in areas with flower pots, vases, and near water faucets.
  • When cleaning, make sure the cloth is damp, not soaking wet.
  • If you use any cleaning agents while cleaning the floor, ensure that all residues are removed.

The right cleaner for your Krono Original® laminate flooring

Never use cleaning agents that contain wax or oil. These materials cannot penetrate the surface of the laminate flooring forming a film that attracts dirt like a magnet.

Your laminate flooring supplier will be able to provide specialist laminate flooring cleaning solution, suitable for your floor. Also highly recommended are products such as Ciranova UNICARE X-Matt. This impressive product removes fine scratches and also provides a protective coating to minimise future scratches.

Do you have any questions regarding maintaining laminate flooring?

As always, we welcome any of your questions.

Latest laminate flooring trends result in laminate that looks like real wood

Latest laminate flooring trends result in laminate that looks like real wood

Laminate flooring trends have come a long way in recent times, resulting in the continual evolution of beautiful designs.

From aged, reclaimed wood to a myriad of ever-popular oak colour tones; to a huge range of other wood species and textures, the breadth of options is impressive. Indeed, if you can’t find something you like in Krono Original laminate flooring, you won’t find it elsewhere!

Latest laminate flooring trends include reclaimed wood and vintage woods with incredible depth of colour. Extra wide and long boards also appeal to many. Knots and grain variation add a touch of realism to any design.

Let’s discuss the key laminate flooring trends by the industry world leader Krono Original®

Laminate flooring designs with varying surface structures

The surface and structure of laminate flooring is of particular importance for the look and character that the floor gives your home. To laymen, the difference between laminate and real wood is no longer noticeable because laminate flooring is becoming increasingly similar to its natural model. This is also thanks to improved surface structures. You’ll notice a wide range of surface textures available that bring an impressive element to your interior.

Naturally beautiful floors

Authentic Embossed laminate flooring from Krono Original® stands for a naturally beautiful surface that is barely noticeably different from real hardwood floor. Synchronous pore combines the look of real hardwood floor with the convenience and practicality of high-quality laminate flooring. Authentic Embossed synchronous pore: authenticity that you can see and feel!

Laminate flooring designs with varying surface structures

The surface and structure of laminate flooring is especially important for the look and character that the floor gives your home. To laymen, the difference between laminate and real wood is no longer noticeable because laminate flooring is becoming increasingly similar to its natural model. This is also thanks to improved surface structures. You’ll notice a wide range of surface textures available that bring an impressive element to your interior.

Diamond Gloss

The high quality of the Authentic Embossed texture is enhanced further by the addition of contrasting multi-gloss levels from deepest matt to glossy elements, which reflect the light differently as you move around the floor. It emphasises the depth of the structure and illustrates the character of natural wood perfectly.Handscraped


Available on some designs is a hand scraped texture – a breathtakingly elegant and realistic oiled wood finish, with gentle irregular undulations, inspired by traditional Amish craftsmanship. The soft matt surface replicates the hardwood area of solid flooring gently polished over time due to footfall. Meanwhile, the deep matt pores are highlighted with glossy accents.


The 4-sided bevel defines the plank edge so you may appreciate the generous plank width, adding a luxurious atmosphere to your interior. It is common for the bevel definition to be enhanced by a printed edge – this provides more definition on chosen decors, without the bevel becoming a dirt trap.

If you like the latest laminate flooring trends then wait until you see our super natural Classic Range that provides a new level of realism. The matt or satin finished surfaces with Authentic Embossed glossy or deep matt pores faithfully reproduce the most delicate features of premium quality timber to give your floor a natural look and feel.

As always, we welcome any of your questions.

Choosing between laminate and carpet flooring

Choosing between laminate and carpet flooring

Laminate flooring’s popularity is growing fast in NZ, although it’s still got a way to go to catch carpet flooring.

When you’re deciding between engineered wood, laminate and carpet for your flooring, you’ll likely find that laminate and carpet flooring are the two least expensive choices. They’re also the most straightforward to install.

Laminate flooring is considered more hygienic and hypoallergenic than carpet, as it is easy to clean, and dirt won’t go unnoticed.

Carpet tends to retain dust and pollen, stain more easily, and build up mould and mildew when exposed to moisture, making it a less desirable option for those who struggle with allergies.

The two flooring types are similarly priced, but high-end “high pile” carpeting will likely cost much more than high-end laminate flooring. Installation costs must also be considered, with the click-lock planks found with laminate flooring making installation relatively easy and popular with the do-it-yourself (DIY) crowd. Carpet is generally installed by a professional carpet layer, thereby increasing costs even further.

Carpet, which is made from wool or a synthetic fibre, such as polypropylene, nylon, or polyester, is attached to a backing that is nailed or stapled to the floor and any padding underneath. Laminate flooring is a multi-layered synthetic product made from wood fiberboard materials and melamine resin. One layer of laminate flooring is dedicated to a photographic appliqué that imitates wood and sometimes stone.

Appearance and Composition

Laminate flooring is usually made from high-density fiberboard or wood particles. There are typically four layers in a laminate flooring plank, including a stabilising layer, a layer of treated high-density fiberboard, a photographic pattern layer, and a clear melamine resin layer. The clear, hard layer is placed on top of the other layers to boost durability.

Carpets come in many different styles, including woven, needlefelt, knotted and tufted. All styles have an upper layer of pile – the frilly, soft yarns that stand up on the flooring — attached to a backing.

Modern carpets often provide ultra-soft fibres and stain resistance, by way of technology that tightly combines synthetic molecules close together, making fibres smaller in diameter.

While most carpeting is made from petroleum-based synthetic materials, natural wool is the softest and most durable option. It is, however, also the most costly. As such, nylon, which is the more durable of the synthetic carpet materials, is the most commonly used material in the construction of carpets.

Both carpet flooring and laminate provide users with a wide range of design options. Laminate tends to come in trendy designs mimicking natural flooring options, such as wood and stone, while the range of colours, patterns, and piles of carpet available are almost limitless.

Carpet is the warmer option, often used in bedrooms where one is likely to be barefoot. It is also an acoustic insulator, cushioning noise caused by movement. However, there are special underlays available in the market for use with laminate that act as insulation, reducing heat loss by up to 30%.

Laminate flooring does not absorb sound quite as well as carpet, so is noisier to walk on. High-tech acoustic underlays are used with laminate to help reduce noise, and these are quite effective.

Laminate flooring tends to provide a more versatile base for interior decorating due to its resemblance to natural wood. One generally won’t have to worry about clashing colours; a consideration carpeting may necessitate. Bright or decorative carpets may suit one’s style now, but might be difficult to incorporate into new décor choices in the future.


Many homes use a combination of carpet flooring and hardwood or laminate flooring. Carpets are not a good choice for kitchens and dining rooms, for example; laminate will work better in those situations. Bedrooms tend to use carpet more often for their warmth and softness.

Laminate works better if you are a landlord and need durable flooring options for your rental property because carpet tends to show more wear and stains from mud and liquid spills.

Health Concerns

Laminate flooring tends to be easier to clean than carpet flooring and is thus considered more hygienic and hypoallergenic. Especially since the top producers in the world like Krono Original offer an antibacterial coating on their laminate floors.

A study of carpets showed high levels of dangerous bacteria, hidden dirt, pollen and dust mites, suggesting consumers are unable or unwilling to clean their carpets properly.

It is common knowledge that old carpet can aggravate allergy symptoms, as the fibres catch and hold dirt, allergens, pesticides, and toxic chemicals. In an attempt to address allergen concerns, today many carpets are made with more earth-friendly chemicals and fewer chemicals altogether, so low-VOC (volatile organic compound) products are available for sensitive consumers.

Flooring Installation

Carpet can be installed over many materials, from concrete to wood, and can hide slight irregularities in a floor. Carpet and underlay are first trimmed to the correct dimensions, and then the two layers are installed with nails or staples, and seams are glued down. Installation in a large room requires stretching of the carpet and special tools. Although users can install carpet themselves, particularly with some “peel and stick” brands making DIY jobs easier, carpet usually requires professional installation.

Laminate flooring can be installed on top of almost any existing floor, but if the special preparation of the floor is required, users may need professional services. Click-lock laminate flooring products make DIY installation easier, and also lower the costs of professional installation due to the speed and ease with which the planks can be installed.


Carpet usually lasts 5-8 years (average quality); 10-12 years for top quality carpet.

Good quality laminate flooring is less prone to some of the issues that plague hardwood. Most laminate floors will need to be replaced after 20-30 years. Lower quality brands will need to be replaced sooner.

More expensive laminate flooring is often a better investment, though some carpet provides a cheaper option should users wish to renovate more frequently. Modern carpeting is more durable and stain-resistant than in the past, but it’s accepted that it won’t last more than 10 years in any areas with

Maintenance and Replacement

Spills on carpet should be cleaned immediately to prevent stains and mould. Mats placed at entries and exits help to keep dirt off carpets. To guarantee cleanliness, carpets should be vacuumed twice a week in low-traffic areas and more often in high-traffic areas. They benefit from a deep-cleaning hot water extraction cleaning every 12-18 months. Leaving pools of water will damage laminate flooring and carpet, both of which may then require replacement.

Unlike hardwood and some better engineered hardwood, laminate floors cannot be sanded and refinished. Also, laminate may warp in high-moisture areas, such as bathrooms, particularly if the installation is not done correctly. Users should place protective pads on the bottoms of chair and table legs to prevent scratching. Manufacturers suggest lightly-damp mopping (not wet mopping!) laminate floors clean using laminate cleaning solution.

When carpet is damaged, you will need to replace the entire area of carpet. Laminate flooring by comparison offers the advantage that small sections can be replaced, as needed, to repair damages.


The range of costs for both products depends on the country of origin, quality and style selected.

With carpet, a higher, plusher pile tends to equal greater expense, and wool is the most expensive fibre used in the flooring. When it comes to laminate, homeowners should be careful with cheaper brands, as they may not be as durable. The most expensive laminate is ‘AC5 Heavy Duty Commercial Rated’ as this is the most durable laminate available.

When comparing prices for laminate and carpet, be sure to factor in the warranty period. Laminate floors can be significantly cheaper if they are not very high quality and only offer a 10-year warranty. Higher-end laminate will provide a better warranty (20 to 30 years) and will stay looking better for significantly longer than carpet.

Resale Value

If you ask real estate agents most of them will tell you that a hardwood floor adds better value than carpet flooring. Laminate flooring can give the highly sought-after hardwood look for much less. Though buyers will know it’s not hardwood, a laminate can make a home look more modern and open, adding a more sophisticated atmosphere to the home.

Environmental Considerations

Laminate flooring can be recycled, with some manufacturers able to reuse up to 80% of materials.

The pile of carpeting is made from nonrenewable materials, and small amounts of unhealthy VOCs can be released from installed carpets due to the chemicals used in manufacturing. VOCs can be released for up to 5 years, though this chemical release, known as off-gassing, lessens with time.

For this reason, homeowners are recommended to keep rooms with new carpet installations well-ventilated for at least 72 hours, post-installation. Vacuuming new carpet flooring with a HEPA filter vac and using hot water extraction cleaners can help remove VOCs. Though there are more green carpeting options available that use renewable materials and avoid dangerous chemicals, these options come at a higher cost.

Are you keen on considering European-made laminate flooring from Laminate Direct?

Protect your kids thanks to the antibacterial coating on laminate wood flooring!

Protect your kids thanks to the antibacterial coating on laminate wood flooring!

Live healthily on antibacterial laminate wood flooring.

Antibacterial laminate wood flooring from Krono Original® is exceptionally easy to keep clean and comes with a special anti-bacterial coating. It is also free of substances which are known to trigger allergies, such as wood preservatives or PVC.

Laminate is the perfect flooring for allergy sufferers, families with babies and for anyone who values the comfort in cleanliness.

Antibacterial laminate wood flooring – the basis for healthy living.

Allergy sufferers can breathe a sigh of relief with Krono Original® laminate: the bonded flooring surface does not provide allergy-causing microorganisms with a breeding ground

Krono Original® laminate flooring doesn’t give dust a chance.

Antibacterial laminate wood flooring from Krono Original® does not give dust a chance to adhere to its surface. Also, cleaning your laminate floor is a breeze – simply wipe with a damp cloth and your floor will shine like new.

Choose a laminate floor that will allow you to breathe deeply in your own home!

What is meant by Antimicrobial and Antibacterial floors?

Whether it’s three, five, or even 10 seconds, since the early days on the playground, almost everyone knows if you drop a piece of food, there is a brief period of grace where you can pick it up and (possibly) eat it. While that few-second rule may just have been a childhood myth, that might not be the case anymore. New floor trends that are on the rise include the terms “antimicrobial” and “antibacterial.” With Krono Original’s unique “anti-bacterial“ abilities, now that ‘few-second’ rule may just have been extended.

Before you rush out to your flooring distributor to buy a new anti-bacterial treated floor, beware of this: not every floor currently available as antimicrobial and/or antibacterial actually fulfils this promise. While these terms are popping up more and more recently in flooring choices, it’s only a select few floor types that have earned these monikers in 2017. So what do these “anti-“ powers entail?

For starters, you can put away your antibacterial hand sanitizer, because these floor types don’t need that type of protection, as it’s already built in. Other flooring choices that fall under this category can have a protective coating applied to the floor, but that covers only a select few options, such as laminate. Another choice that is available as both an antimicrobial and an antibacterial floor is none other than cork, as this floor naturally contains a waxy surface. That surface, called suberin, repels insects, bacteria, vermin, microbes, and other germs that could be residing on a busy floor’s surface.

Another flooring type you’ll see while browsing this advancing category is ceramic tile (which makes perfect sense as it is frequently used in bathrooms and kitchens). In general, the natural, hard surface of ceramic tiles won’t harbour any germs or other allergens that can get trapped in other floor types. (Asthma sufferers rejoice!) But, depending on what brand of ceramic tile you purchase, some have even been created with ways to jump-start the antibacterial process, such as using sunlight to activate a chemical on the tiles’ surface to oxidize germs, or the high temperature at which the tiles have been produced can help get rid of these pollutants.

While there still may be ways to go before having every flooring choice encompassed as antimicrobial or antibacterial, some more porous flooring choices can have an antimicrobial or antibacterial protective coating applied to them, that can help prevent germs on these types of floors as well. Currently, this protective coating can be applied to laminate floorings, such as Krono Original laminate as well as luxury vinyl floors (LVT) and concrete floors.

With these advanced new flooring types, the few-odd-second rule for dropping food on the ground is no longer just a playground myth. Your floor will be protected from germs, microbes, bacteria, and more because of the advanced anti-bacterial coating and you can rest easy when your family decides to have a picnic on your floor!

As you can see, there is another good reason for choosing European made antibacterial laminate wood flooring.

8 laminate flooring installation tips that will stop you wrecking your new floor!

8 laminate flooring installation tips that will stop you wrecking your new floor!

Before you start the installation on your own, it is a good idea to get a few laminate flooring installation tips. When you take the necessary steps to prepare for the installation of laminate flooring, you will avoid common mistakes and achieve a significantly better installation result.

The installation process is not complicated, just a process that requires time and patience.

Read our list of the eight ways to prevent the biggest mistakes that can wreck your laminate installation. You can also download the PDF version of this document.

Undercut doorframes properly and finish well, for a premium look.

Take your time to complete your work the correct way. Undercut all door-frames, use the right trims and matching silicone to fill any small gaps. Existing skirting should be removed and then reinstalled over the top of the new floor, rather than using a small quarter round trim against the skirting which can look inferior. Time taken to finish the floor properly makes a huge difference to the appearance of your flooring. Poorly finished laminate floors bring a poor impression of the interior.

Leave adequate expansion gaps.

Smaller rooms such as a 3m x 3m bedroom will be okay with say 8 to 10mm of expansion gap around the perimeter (hidden by skirting). However for bigger spaces as well as commercial installations, above 13 metres in length at least 12-13mm clearance against walls is necessary. If you do not leave enough expansion gap, the floor can expand into walls or vertical surfaces, causing the floor to buckle.

Using the wrong trims.

Using the correct shape trims with laminate flooring is crucial. The trims must allow for expansion and contraction of your laminate floor. Typically we use a U-shape trim that will hold down the laminate and allow expansion inside the trim. These trims can be powder coated to your colour of choice if required. Never use an L-shape tile trim with laminate flooring as the floor cannot expand against these trims.

Any window joinery at ground level (such as ranch-slider joinery) also needs a U-shape trim along the length of the joinery to hold down the laminate and allow expansion contraction. Some installers just leave a gap and put silicon. However, this method is not technically correct. Most likely the silicon will deteriorate over time, and gaps will appear in it, especially as the floor will move as you walk over it (without having a trim to hold it firm in place).

Tap laminate only if manufacturers allow.

New generation laminates are constructed to “click” together. There is no need to tap the edge of the boards unless directed in the flooring installation guide to use a tapping block. By hammering planks together, you will damage the high-tech locking system and your floor will not lock properly.

Installing wood laminate flooring under kitchen cabinets.

Floating floors need to expand and contract freely. By installing laminate all the way under heavy kitchen units, you are creating a ‘pinch-point’, and the floor can no longer move as necessary.  During winter and summer, your floor will expand and shrink with humidity fluctuations. If the floor cannot expand and contract freely, then it may start lifting in some areas.

Always install laminate around the kitchen units and islands – you can install to within about 1cm of the internal feet. Kick panels should be fitted last to complete the kitchen area.

Unintentional installation of wrong or defective laminate planks.

Inspect all laminate planks before installation to ensure they have the correct pattern, style and colour and are free from visible defects. Once the wrong or damaged laminate is installed, it’s hard to replace it. All manufacturers of laminate flooring will not pay labour charges or replacement on claims filed for materials installed with obvious visible defects. If you find any flaws, contact your laminate supplier for assistance before continuing with the installation.

Installing flooring over an uneven sub-floor.

The quality of your sub-floor plays a very significant role in the performance of your laminate flooring. Many older houses have imperfect sub-floors and need additional levelling to ensure a level substrate. Even new concrete slabs can be quite uneven. An uneven sub-floor will result in your laminate floor moving up and down as you walk over it. The end effect over time will be a damaged locking system, micro-gaps between boards and poor floor performance.

If your sub-floor has major problems, do not expect that a good underlay and thick laminate will take care of it. In most cases, you do not need the sub-floor to be perfect, but you should level it to an adequate standard. Check the manufacturer’s minimal requirements or install to NZ flooring standards; ask your supplier for more information on sub-floor requirements.

Wrong underlay choice.

Laminate flooring requires an underlay underneath the flooring. That is mostly to help your floor to “float”, to help absorb small undulations or bumps as well as to reduce walking and impact sound. There are several underlay choices on the market – some only offer ‘impact sound’ reduction going through to the levels underneath. Other underlays provide both high ‘impact sound’ and ‘walking sound’ reduction (these more advanced underlays, such as SELIT Aquastop, are mostly manufactured in Europe).

It is important to use a waterproof underlay when installing your laminate over concrete. Even old concrete slabs hold moisture that will migrate into the underside of the laminate floor, causing excessive expansion unless there is a waterproof underlay barrier between the concrete and laminate.

We hope you learned a lot from the above laminate flooring installation tips. Keep in mind that you can always count on our German-trained installation team.