Laminate happens to be one of the most popular types of flooring because it’s incredibly durable and can withstand constant abuse from children. It’s a very popular choice for large families.
It can handle most of what guests, pets, kids and family can throw at it. If you’re wondering how to clean laminate floors, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn that it’s not that difficult.
All laminate flooring deserves general cleaning. The floor should be swept regularly. A dry dust mop can work very well when used once a week. Make sure to clean regularly to avoid a buildup of hair, excess dirt and other types of debris.
When allowed to accumulate, debris can scratch the floor’s surface. A vacuum equipped with a soft brush attachment can be used instead of a dry dust mop. Avoid using a standard floor brush because it has stiff bristles that can damage the floor’s surface.
Always sweep in the direction that the laminate tiles were laid. It will help you to grab all of the debris that fall into grooves. Always make sure to clean up spills immediately after they occur.
You can use a sponge or cloth. Never allow any type of liquid to rest on the floor for an extended period of time. All liquids should be wiped from the floor immediately. When trying to clean laminate wood floors, less water is better.
Clean With Hot Water
It’s quite easy to clean with hot water. Grab a bucket and fill it with hot water. It doesn’t need to be very hot. You should perform a thorough wash at least once every few months.
Many people swear by using hot water to clean floors made of laminate because the hot water doesn’t leave streaks. It’s also less likely to damage the protective coating than other cleaning techniques.
Just grab a mop and dip it into the bucket of hot water. Make sure to wring the mop well. When you’re done, you can allow the floor to air dry as long as there isn’t too much water on it.
Clean With Vinegar
You can mix ¼ a cup of white vinegar with a bottle of water. Diluted vinegar is a great cleaning solution because it easily removes mud and dirt.
You cannot use vinegar in pure form because it’s too abrasive so make sure it’s diluted. You should spray the vinegar solution onto the floor in little bits at a time.
Clean the floor in sections of a single square foot. It’s important to wipe the vinegar solution off of the floor right away, or it will start to break apart the floor’s protective coating. You can use a sponge or damp terry cloth to wipe up the solution. Always wring out the cloth or mop after you’re done using it.
Another great cleaning solution that you can use on laminate flooring is homemade. To make this cleaning solution, you’ll need to mix 3 drops of dishwashing liquid, 1/3 water, 1/3 rubbing alcohol and 1/3 white vinegar. You should end up with 1 quart of total solution, which you can use as you would water or other cleaners.
Specific Cleaning Agents
Another great option is special cleaners. In fact, if you go to somewhere like Home Depot, you’ll find that the manufacturers of many types of laminate floors say to NEVER use water to clean the floor.
Instead, they recommend cleaning agents made specifically for the floor, such as Bruce Floor Cleaner or Bona. All of these cleaning methods should work equally as well, so it’s just a matter of choosing the technique that is easiest and most convenient for you.
Laminate Floor Care Tips
After you’re finished cleaning, you should understand how to properly care for laminate flooring. Aside from regular cleaning, there are some important tips that you can use.
First, place a mat outside of entrances but make sure the mat won’t bleed color or fade. These mats will absorb moisture and tracked-in dirt. If you have pets, always keep their nails trimmed, so they can’t damage the floor. Furniture legs should be equipped with protective felt pads.
The same should be done for appliances. Any pieces of furniture should always be lifted and repositioned instead of slid across the floor. Also, minor scratches or nicks can be removed with a color-correction kit.
Removing Difficult Stains
If you own laminate flooring, you’ll eventually have to deal with some serious stains. To remove blood stains, just give it a quick blitz of Windex and wipe it away using a damp cloth.
A plastic knife can be used to remove chewing gum. The residue left over from the gum can be removed with a cloth dampened with mineral spirits. Crayon stains can also be removed with a cloth and some mineral spirits. For grease stains, place a bag of ice onto it and freeze it.
Next, scrape it off using a plastic knife. Standard detergent can be used to remove ink, but you might need commercial ink remover for stubborn ink stains. Nail polish remover works great for removing nail polish. As weird as it sounds, a pencil eraser can be used to remove heel and cuff marks.
What You Should Avoid
You should avoid using varnish, shine enhancers, detergents, soaps, oils, polish and wax. However, if you need to use detergent or soaps to clean, wipe them up immediately.
It’s safer to apply cleaning solution to a mop or sponge rather than directly to the flooring. Cleaning machines should generally be avoided, such as steam cleaners, power cleaners and spray mops.