Had it installed , very difficult to keep it looking clean.
When ever there's a drop of water that isn't wiped up and it dries, there's
a spot that's hard to get off.
When my dog comes in the house with damp paw the prints are hard to remove.
You really can't use anything other than a swifter to try and keep it
I would never install it again.
Personally, I'd rather have urethaned real wood or a 'real' tile floor, if
cost was no object. If I was on a budget, I'd rather have a good vinyl floor
with area rugs, or even wall-to-wall over chipboard, than faux-top laminate.
Never seen a fake woodgrain that didn't look like a gigantic countertop, and
felt like one walking across it. Can't address durabilty or upkeep, since
I've never had one, but I just can't get past the fake look of the stuff. It
just screams CHEAP IMITATION to me. I'd rather have honest low-end stuff.
YMMV, of course, and if anyone reading this loves their Pergo or whatever,
more power to you. I understand you can get laminate with real wood on top
now- that might be okay, if it was installed so it didn't feel hollow when
you walked on it.
I agree with you on the laminate. I haven't seen any yet that doesn't
remind me of cheap linoleum with fake woodgrain or the really
cheap fake woodgrain paneling. Same here on ceramic tile -> sheet vinyl ->
True there are some brand laminates that recomend their own brand cleaner
but Swisher puts out a kit with a battery operated sprayer and special pad
and it says it works with laminates and as long as you don't go crazy
getting the floor too wet it works well at least on the Mannington.
Had Mannington wide-plank floor put in a house, cleaned with a damp mop for
10 years, never had a problem except with scratches and their scratch repair
kit covered that really well (2 dogs at the time, wet,muddy pawprints)
It would be interesting to know if you bought an off brand or name brand.
I've never run across someone that had a name brand complain.
Personally, I don't like the imitation wood look, I do like the Pergo Tiles
when done custom with border or inset.
For what it's worth, I've had the opposite experience. I've got Pergo
Premium stone -sytle tiles as a perimeter around Alpine Beech woodgrain.
This is the good 8 mm stuff, properly installed in a 500 sq foot (dry)
It's more than three years old and looks like new, despite furniture
movement, cat issues, and daily use.
It cleans up really easy (I do use the Pergo brand cleaner, still on my
While real wood or real tile/stone might be better choices, I would have
no problem recommending Pergo Premium.
We have Pergo and also have had the wood planks. The only problem
the laminate so far is , our dishwasher leaked and soaked under a few
planks and swelled them. I am dreading taking them up and replacing
them. The wood plank floor we had, also had problems, such as squeaking
and coming loose, but lasted many years. The Pergo laminate is easy to
maintain, we mop with plain water and then dry with a towel and its
looks brand new again. we have had the laminate for 3 years and very
pleased so far.
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