How to clean laminate flooring?
Laminate flooring is designed to be easy to clean and maintain. However laminate floors, like anything in your home need proper care and attention to keep them looking great for years to come. Your best daily routine is is vacuuming, dust mopping, and maybe a damp towel at times. Most brands carry a 10 to 25 year residential warranty against staining, and fading. Laminate floors are designed to look good for many years with minimum amount of effort.
While laminates are meant to stand up to wear, they keep a new look if you follow theses simple steps:
- Vacuum or dust mop to remove loose dirt or grit
- Damp mop using warm water, do not saturate the floor, no standing water on the floor!
- Change water as necessary to keep clean
- Do not use polishes or waxes
- Never clean with abrasives, scouring powder, or steel wool
- Never use Orange Glow to clean laminate flooring
- Never use Amonia on laminate floring
- Wipe up spills immediately
- Avoid allowing standing liquids on your floor- including your pet's water area
What is the best cleaning solution to clean laminate flooring?
There is many product on the marked designed to clean laminate wood floor. Some laminate cleaners work great for some people when other people had ruined their floors with the same cleaner. In our opinion very important is good quality mop. The best one will be the one with removable microfaber cloth. When you use microfaber cloth you dont have to use any chemicals to clean your floor. However we recommend to use vinegar solution to clean your floor. This is non-toxic, not expensive and home friendly cleaner. With vinegar cleaner you will remove every smudge, footpring and mark from your floor. Vinegar restores natural shine to the laminate floors plus works as desinfectant. There is no better cleaner for laminate flooring: safe, cheap and environmentally friendly.
Receipe for all-natural VINEGAR laminate flooring cleaner:
Just mix a solution of one cup of white destiled vinegar and mix with a gallon of warm water. We also found that using ESSENTIAL OIL in the mixture will give the house a great smell. All you have to do is to add 2 drops of your favorite scent like Lavender or Lemongrass to the Vinegar solution. So simple! Spray sparingly or mop for a fast clean-up. Your laminate flooring will look like the day you put them in!
Dirt is the primary enemy of laminate floors. Walking over time causes fine scratches that lead to dullness and larger particles of sand or rocks cause visible scratches. A couple of tips against this include:
- Put cushion or felt bottom protectors under chair and table legs to prevent possible scratching
- Place floor mats and foot brushes at all entrances of your home to pick up dirt.
- Vacuum and dust mop regularly to keep grit from floor
If your laminate scratches, you may be able to buy a touch up stick from tha manufacturer. The repaired area is often invisible, and it will hold up to traffic and wear just as well as the rest of your floor.
In the event that damage is more severe, (which is unlikely to occur in most homes) it is possible for a trained professional to replace a plank. Done properly, the new plank should be nearly indistinguishable from the rest.
Spots- how to remove them
- For oil, pait, permanent marker, tar, or rubber heel marks, use a neutral cleaner on a clean light-colored cloth or nail polish remover as needed.
- For blood, fruit juice, wine, beer, soda, or pasta sauce, use warm water and /or a neutral cleaner on a light-colored cloth
- For candle wax or chewing gum, first harden with ice, and then very gently scrape off the area. Wipe with warm water on a clean light-colored cloth.