Laminate Floor Cleaning Tips
Keeping your laminate flooring clean is essential to keep your room sparkling clean, here are a few simple tips for cleaning laminate flooring that will help prevent it from aging or being damaged prematurely.
Sweeping laminate flooring
A traditional broom is not the best option with a laminate floor. Ideally you need to use a dry dust mop, or a vacuum cleaner to get the job done. We prefer a dry dust mop. Regular household soft brooms will leave behind too many dust particles. Particles mix with the wet mop and get spread around on the floor. At best they'll leave streaks and residue behind. At worst, they'll scratch and possibly pit the surface of your laminate flooring. Either way, a broom is not the way to go. If you do decide to use a vacuum cleaner, a machine that has a hard floors setting will be best. Brushrolls on vacuum cleaniers are sometimes responsible for scratching and damaging laminate over time.
Laminate floor cleaner.
Some people will have a specific brand that they love and won't give up, but an expensive laminate floor cleaner is not always the solution. Choose a cleaner that is designed to work with your floor type and fits in with your cleaning budget. Sometimes all you may need is a little water. Whatever you choose to do, don't use too much laminate fllor cleaner. Using too much soap is tempting when you really want something clean, but all it does is leave residue behind that dulls the final finish of the laminate flooring. Residue is the leading cause of dull looking laminate flooring.
Liquid isn't good for laminate.
I know. How are you supposed to clean something without water. Water and other liquids can actually seep in between the laminate boards and cause swelling, resulting in damage to the edges of the laminate. You don't need a bucket full of water or liquid to clean laminate floors. Be cautious about having too much. Try only spraying as much as you need on a section of floor as you mop. If a lot of water or liquid is left behind after you mop a spot, you're using too much. The floor should be able to dry on its own within 1-2 minutes of you mopping it.
Buffing the floor.
If you really want to make sure that your floor shines, you'l need to take a few minutes to buff it dry. Try using an absorbent clean cloth or mop head. In our experience, microfiber cleaning cloths make the best buffing rags. Gently buff the floor to a nice shine.
Protect the floor.
Now that you know how to make the floor look great, keep it looking great by protecting it. Make sure you have indoor and outdoor mats positioned at the entrances of your home. Consider a no shoe rule in the house. Wipe up spills and messes as soon as they occur. Use furniture protectors on the bottom of large pieces of furniture to protect from scratching and pitting. Ensure that the window coverings in your home can prevent the sun from damaging and discoloring certain sections of your flooring over time.