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Water Resistant Laminate Flooring is Not a Myth

The flooring industry has no unified test for water resistance of laminate till now. What the basic procedure involves is throwing laminate planks into water and measuring the swellings afterwards. Yet, this has proven to be ineffective and rarely adequate to the conditions the laminate flooring is used or maintained. Also the test results are different for individual boards and fully installed floor. No flooring company has made an attempt to develop one as it involves strict rules and is quite expensive.

But, there is a solution to that, as recent study has specified a few options to know the strength and durability of the laminate and its resistance as well after installment. Those options have recently been acquired and performed by specialists.

1. The mop test. A fresh method to examine the real-life of the floor. The laminate is covered with wet mops and soap for 14 hrs. This is the best way to show if there will be any water sleeping through the edges, into the joints, or swelling and deformation. Next the floor is exposed to rolling caster chair to test the water tightness further.

2. The cylinder test. An equally efficient and important test, it involves placing a cylinder over the T-shapes connections of the installed floor and subsequently filling it with water and soap. This proves how efficiently the floor is installed and the level or its water resistance at the same time. Sometimes this test is performed with other liquids such as wine or juice.

3. The real-life test. After installation the floors are not exposed to test simulations, but real-life activities – broken washing machine, liquid spilling, etc. That is why the last and most prefered option is to perform activities of our everyday life to evaluate the floor.

Companies nowadays realise that water can go in the least visible crack and cause a huge damage. That is why the producers strive to provide high quality and sustainability. Finding it hard to compete against one another, they create the most they can via modern technologies and constant tests. The final result is satisfied customers and a product that is made to endure the wear and tear of time.