How to Clean Laminate Floors

All floors need regular cleaning, and laminate flooring is no different. While a major favorite with many floor owners, it requires recurring cleaning maintenance.

Once in a while, it may need a deep clean as well. Sometimes that’s going to mean a spot treatment method to tackle a stain.

Many laminate floors are stain resistant, yet sometimes a spill requires a special cleaning method.

Take a look at how to handle all cleaning techniques, from the most basic to the more challenging.

Sweeping and Vacuuming Every Week

Floor traffic is going to vary with each laminate floor, depending on whether you’re using it in a business or home. However, sometimes those two are indistinguishable from one another.

In a busy home, simple floor maintenance can be done whenever you have time off. Using an angled broom is usually recommended for basic cleanups to collect dust or pet hair.

Vacuuming is also acceptable, as long as you keep it at a hard floor setting. It’s generally recommended you vacuum with a brush attachment so you don’t cause any scratching.

The more floor traffic you get and the more debris your floor takes in, the more maintenance you’ll have to do per week. Vacuuming or sweeping a couple times per week will keep the laminate surface in good condition for several years.

The Danger of Water on Laminate Surfaces

Laminate hardwood doesn’t take excessive water well. While many laminate flooring products do have waterproof qualities, it’s not a good idea to let water stand on these floors.

The reason being is water can get into the wood and cause it to swell. Also, it may cause separation of seams, not including surface fading.

This said, it’s still possible to use water to clean the floor. What’s most important is mixing up a small amount of dish soap with water as a simple cleaning solution.

Using this with a damp mop will allow you to keep up a regular cleaning routine. However, always wipe up any excess water with a dry cloth. Many people use microfiber flat mops for cleaning since they don’t leave standing water.

What About Deep Cleaning a Laminate Floor?

Sometimes you might find more compacted dirt or food stains in the laminate floor surface, requiring a deeper clean. Your best investment for this is to buy a steam mop.

These work very effectively in getting up the worst stains. Nevertheless, it’s a good idea to not overuse a steam mop since it could cause another standing water issue.

If you don’t already have a dry microfiber cloth around, buy one with the steam mop. Using one of these cloths to dry moisture will do your floor well.

Above all, don’t buy cleaning solutions with oil or abrasive chemicals. Oil leaves streaks, and the chemicals could wreak havoc on the floor’s surface, essentially voiding your warranty.

Dealing With Spot Cleaning

Other times, a specific stain might set in to your laminate floor, requiring spot treatments. Far too many people forget to blot immediate spills on their laminate floors. If you don’t blot within minutes, the stain might set in.

Not that it’s impossible to get those stains out using practical methods. Most people use ice packs to harden the stains, then use a small knife to scrape them off.

Also, it’s worth trying something as practical as acetone to harden and pick up oil or ink stains.

If deciding to buy a laminate floor cleaner, make sure it’s approved or made by the flooring manufacturer. Many flooring name brands like Armstrong have created their own cleaning products for their specialized laminate floors.


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