In this guide, you’re going to learn exactly how to clean laminate flooring in 2020.
In this new guide you’ll learn:
- How to clean your laminate floors the regular way
- (the intensive way also)
- How to spot treat stains
- The things to avoid when cleaning laminate flooring
And much more,
Let's get started.
I. Tools Needed to Clean Laminate Floors
First, I MUST tell you all about the tools you need to clean laminate floors.
Like I say : "The bad workman ALWAYS blames his tools"
This is common sense but...
The first step to cleaning and maintaining the look of your laminate wood flooring is to get one of the most appropriate vacuums.
The vacuum is good at extracting dust and grit that can scratch your laminate floor and makes it lose its shiny look.
Please, don't use a broom. Even if you have one of the best broom on the market.
Because, when you use a vacuum instead of a traditional broom, you trap any allergens in the process of cleaning.
(brooms only lift the allergens in the air and they end up resettling)
When shopping for a vacuum, make sure it is suitable for laminate wood flooring.
To make you things easier (and because I am a nice guy), you can follow my guide on the best vacuum cleaners for laminate floors.
So, you sucked up all the dust with your vacuum.
Now, you need to clean it but laminate floors can't stand water.
The solution ?
Read next chapter.
2. Microfiber Mop
Make sure to use the best microfiber mops for the job.
But what are microfiber mops ?
Microfiber mops look like your standard string mops, only that they have microfiber instead of the cotton strings.
And why should you use microfiber mops on laminate flooring ?
Because they easily absolve waters.
And this makes it very important for cleaning a laminate floor since long term exposure to moisture can end up damaging it.
Also, one of the important reasons for using microfiber mop is that they don't scratch the laminate floor when cleaning, unlike other mops.
Ready with you tools to clean your laminate flooring ?
II. The Best Ways to Clean Laminate Flooring
There are not 133024 solutions.
Here I give you the BEST ways to clean laminate flooring.
Tested and approved by myself.
1. Regular Cleaning
For your weekly regular cleaning, simply sweep the floors regularly using dry dust mops or a vacuum cleaners’ soft brush attachment.
This helps avoid scratching the laminate flooring.
Moreover, you can use the setting for hardwood on your vacuum if you want to stop the brush from rotating, so as not to scratch the floor.
If you want to clean a small spill of liquid on the floor, simply get cloth or paper towel and wipe it up.
Never allow liquids to sit on the laminate flooring for prolonged periods as they can damage or stain the protective layer.
2. Intensive Cleaning
Because even the tidiest house needs a spring-clean.
Cleaning with Microfiber Mops : The King Of Absorbent
For more in-depth cleaning, you can start using a microfiber mop to clean your laminate wood flooring.
As explained, these mops have absorbent materials that are designed to clean your floor without using excess liquid.
After mopping, make sure you go over the laminate wood floor with a dry microfiber to ensure no water remains on the floor.
Cleaning with Vinegar : The Natural Solution
Next solution is the vinegar.
Vinegar is a natural solution that serves a lot of purposes.
This is usually a viable alternative to harmful cleaning solutions.
I suggest to mix it with water to obtain a cleaning solution superior to brand-name products.
To do so, create a cleaning solution of water and vinegar by pouring 1/4 cup of vinegar into about 1000 ml spray bottle.
Then fill the rest of the spray bottle with water and shake vigorously.
Next, spray the solution onto the laminate wood flooring no larger than 30.5 cm a little at a time. And make sure you wipe the solution off the laminate floor almost immediately.
Wipe the cleaning solution up with a damp cloth or mop and dry any significant amount of water with a dry microfiber cloth.
Using Hot Water : The Easiest Way
Another solution is using hot water.
Hot water is usually one of the best ways to clean laminate wood flooring because it is the least likely to damage your laminate floor protective coating.
However, you should use this only periodically or after the laminate wood floor has become visibly dirty.
- Fill a bucket with hot water.
- Remember that the water doesn't need to be streaming hot, but it should be more than lukewarm.
- Get a sponge mop and soak it in hot water, and squeeze it until it gets mildly damp.
- Though you can use a traditional mob, the sponge mop's saturation level is easier to control.
- To give the laminate flooring a thorough mopping, start from the center and work your way out.
- You may need to re-soak or re-squeeze a few times since the mop is barely damp.
- If the laminate wood flooring is barely moist, you can leave it to dry.
- Otherwise, wipe the floor with a dry, clean microfiber cloth.
Branded Cleaning Solutions: The Wrong-Good Idea
While using a lot of cleaning solutions on a dirty laminate floor is tempting, they usually leave behind a residue that dulls the laminate floor's finish.
Cleaning solution residue is one of the leading causes of muted-looking laminate wood flooring over time.
Let me be clear about this,
I doubt that you really need retail or branded floor cleaners instead of making your own.
Now, you know all about the best ways to clean your laminate floors.
But sometimes, you'll have (resistant) stains.
How do you clean them ?
Read next chapter.
III. How to Spot Treat Stains
- Blood: You can remove blood from your floor using a window cleaner. Apply a small amount of the cleaner on the stained spot and wipe it away with a warm, damp cloth. The sooner you attend to this issue, the easier it will be to remove it.
- Chewing gum: You can remove this using a plastic knife. Scrape the gum from the floor with the plastic knife and clean any residue with a damp cloth. For the best results, dampen the soft cloth with minerals spirits. Do not use a metal knife as it will likely scratch the floor.
- Wine, soda, or ink: You can remove any of these stains with a mildly damp soft cloth. To remove the waxy crayon stain, you need to apply mineral spirits to the damp cloth. And sometimes, you need to add detergent for stubborn ink marks, or you can add ink remover to the soft cloth to remove the stain. Make sure, afterward; you re-clean the spot with a cloth soaked in warm water.
- Nail polish: Add small acetone nail polish remover to a microfiber cloth and scrub the spot until all the stains come up. Then, soak a microfiber cloth in clean water and wipe it over the affected area afterward.
- Scuffs and heel marks: The best approach is to go easy when removing scuff marks. Instead of using a chemical, start with a soft, damp microfiber to gently wipe the mark away from the surface. No matter whether the scuff mark disappears or not the first time, wipe the spot with a soft, dry cloth.
- Grease: Apply a block of pack ice to the spot until the grease hardens. Then, scrape the frozen grease off with a plastic knife. Afterward, wipe off the remaining grease residue by applying a little window cleaner on the stain and wipe it off with a soft, damp cloth.
I gave you the do's to clean your laminate floors?
What about the don'ts ?
IV - 9 Tips about things to Avoid When Cleaning Laminate flooring
- Don’t soak your microfiber mop in the water. Water can soak in your laminate floor and cause it to peel and separate. So, when cleaning your floor, don’t soak your microfiber mop in the water and make sure you don't leave puddles.
- Never use bleach. The wood laminate wood is porous, so when you use bleach, it will soak in, instigating a lot of problems. Bleach solutions usually take the shiny finish off floors, and this can stain the floor and change its color.
- Stay away from products that offer protected shine. These products are usually advertised as cleaning not only your laminate floor but also clean scuffs and fill in scratches. The products usually have film and filler, and while they may work, they will dull the shine on your laminate floor as they leave a residue.
- Leave your broom in your closet. Traditional brooms tend to leave behind scratch and particles that can contribute to the wear of the surface. So it is better to stick with a dry microfiber mop.
- Avoid using wood cleaners. Tey will look streaky and leave residue on the surface.
- Do not use abrasive scrubbers like steel wool or scratchy. Even when baking soda is applied aggressively, it can damage your laminate floors.
- Don't over use vinegar. Though vinegar is one of the best cleaning solutions for laminate wood flooring, it is highly acidic when you use it in high concentrations over time – too much of it can damage the surface of your laminate floor.
- Do not soak the laminate wood flooring with a drippy mop.
- Steam cleaners are not necessarily your best friends. While steam cleaners are great for removing grime from hard flooring surfaces, its moisture and intense heat needed to get the job done can also wreak havoc on your laminate floors. Once the moisture and steam break down the adhesive holding the laminate flooring, it can start bubbling up and should loose.
To close this article, I'll give you my last (best) maintenance tips!
V - Last but not least ... 9 Maintenance Tips for Laminate Flooring
- Use entry mats, as these can help to collect oils, moisture, and dirt from tracking into the house. Use mat grippers to prevent the rugs from slipping.
- Ensure you regularly sweep by using a soft-bristle broom or vacuum that can remove most dust, pet hair, and dirt collected on the floor.
- Use floor protectors to reduce the chances of scuff marks or scratches from tables, chairs, floor lamps, sofas, or other types of furniture.
- Use the soft brush attachment on your vacuum to reach tight corners.
- Consider the effect of your clothing like high heel shoes, as they can mark and scratch your laminate flooring.
- The installation of window coverings can help reduce the impact of sunlight, which can cause heat, fading, or reflective glare.
- If you have a dog, make sure you trim his or her nails, this will preserve the protective layer of the laminate flooring from nail scratch.
- Maintain a relative humidity level between 35-65 percent throughout the year. This minimizes the natural contraction and expansive of the wood.
- Avoid the excessive exposure of the laminate flooring to water during periods of inclement weather.
Now It's Your Turn...
I hope you found this cleaning your laminate floor guide helpful.
Now I’d like to hear what you have to say:
- Have you recently installed laminate flooring ?
- Have you considered cleaning it ?
- Will you use any of my cleaning tips ?
Let me know by leaving a quick comment below right now.