After the product has been made, laminate flooring goes through a series of tests to determine the durability and appropriate installation areas for the flooring. This can help a potential shopper to choose the flooring most suitable for their application. Once testing is complete, the product is given an AC rating, which stands for Abrasion Class.
There are a total of five AC ratings for laminate:
AC1 – For low foot traffic residential spaces (closets and bedrooms)
AC2 – For medium foot traffic residential spaces (dining rooms, living rooms, and family rooms)
AC3 – For all foot traffic residential spaces (kitchens, hallways, and living rooms)
AC4 – For all residential locations and some medium traffic in commercial areas
AC5 – For heavy foot traffic in commercial spaces
Taking care of a laminate floor is even easier than installing it. To keep your floor looking like new and avoid scratches, simply vacuum or dust mop regularly to remove loose dirt or grit. Glides or cushioned bottom protectors under chairs and table legs also help prevent possible scratching, and floor mats at all outside doorways keep dirt from coming inside.