People often ask – Is laminate flooring waterproof?

Although it might be disappointing, laminate flooring is not waterproof but water-resistant to a certain extent. It can withstand small amounts of water or moisture for a short period without damage. However, exposure to standing water for an extended period can cause damage and warp or swell.

The laminate flooring surface is usually waterproof. Still, the core and the interlocking joints of the material are not, and they will swell when exposed to moisture causing permanent damage. The interlocks between the planks are very tight. Still, they can let the liquid get inside the material after prolonged exposure. To protect your laminate floors, please remove liquid spillages immediately.

The level of water resistance in laminate flooring varies depending on the technology used by the manufacturer. Some laminate flooring is more water-resistant than others. It’s important to note that water-resistant laminate flooring differs from waterproof flooring.

For information, only vinyl planks are not waterproof but water resistant, similar to laminate flooring. If you need waterproof flooring, look for a single piece of vinyl sheet or safety flooring.

Is laminate flooring ruined if it gets wet?

Laminate flooring can be ruined if it gets wet and needs to be promptly dried. A laminate floor comprises an MDF core and melamine resin surface layer. Although the surface layer is waterproof, the core can absorb water and swell, causing damage to the flooring planks.

If the water damage is severe, the affected planks may need to be replaced. If only a tiny amount of water is involved, it could dry and prevent damage. However, addressing any water spillage immediately is essential to prevent further damage.

Avoiding excessive moisture and promptly cleaning up spills is essential to prevent damage to laminate flooring. In areas prone to moisture, such as bathrooms or kitchens, it may be best to use alternative flooring materials more resistant to water, such as vinyl or ceramic tiles.

Can water leak through laminate flooring?

In normal circumstances, small water spillages cannot leak through laminate flooring unless exposed for a prolonged period. Usually, the laminate flooring will only allow water to get through if damaged or exposed to standing or running water for an extended period. However, If water stays on the surface of laminate flooring for longer, it can seep through the joints between the planks and cause damage to the subfloor underneath.

The expansion gaps are the most likely place for water to get underneath the floor. Spillages near the expansion gaps can let the water run under the laminate flooring surface. Moisture trapped underneath the floor is unlikely to evaporate and will be absorbed by the MDF core causing irreversible damage to the flooring.

In case of a leak in a nearby appliance or plumbing fixture, water can seep underneath the flooring and cause damage. Laminate flooring comprises several layers of materials, including a moisture-resistant layer on top and a core that can swell and warp when exposed to water. It is crucial to follow the manufacturer’s maintenance guidance carefully and to clean up spills and standing water immediately to prevent water damage.

Can I mop laminate floors?

We do not recommend moping the floor. We recommend dry cleaning with a broom, soft cloth or vacuum machine. If dry cleaning is insufficient, you can use furniture or antibacterial wipes. One wipe should be enough for a hallway or a small room. Excessive moisture can cause damage to the laminate flooring causing the planks to expand and warp.

cleaning the floor with a mop

It is important to note that while laminate flooring is water-resistant, it is not waterproof, so avoiding excessive moisture and cleaning up spills promptly is essential.