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 the next chapter
How to Spot Treat Stains from Laminate Flooring
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?
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. They 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 overuse 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!
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 coveringscan 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 expansion 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.
As a HouseKeeping Technical Writer, Gladys actively enjoys writing guides and tips about housekeeping for Thehousewire's audience. She's a housekeeping specialist with just shy of 9 years' experience to boast. That, combined with seven years prior experience in teaching, helps her create content that is both captivating and insightful.