Your house design will have a special charm thanks to the natural beauty of wood, which fosters a cozy atmosphere and distinctive appeal. However, wood flooring is fairly pricey and challenging to maintain, so many people look for a more convenient and economical alternative. Laminate has gained popularity among busy households who value elegance and comfort but have little time to spare for cleaning activities due to its elegant appearance and high durability. Although laminate flooring is far less expensive and simpler to maintain, it nearly mimics real wood. It really doesn’t take much work to maintain it; you just need to take the proper approach.
Cleaning Laminate Floors
Laminate flooring may not be as prestigious as hardwood, but it more than makes up for that with its longevity and attractive appearance. First and foremost, always adhere to the care guidelines provided by the manufacturer for your new laminate floor. If you have any doubts, don’t be afraid to contact the manufacturer.
Step 01: Sweep or vacuum the floors:
If you moved into a home with laminate floors, make a strategy to maintain them by routinely cleaning, dusting, or vacuuming up loose dirt. To get rid of debris caught in the interlocking pieces, sweep or vacuum your floor in the same direction that it is spread out. Dry items that fall should be immediately cleaned up, along with all spills.
Step 02: Laminate floors with a damp mop:
If wiping is insufficient, light damp mopping will assist, but you should take care. Avoid too moist mopping because this can cause water to creep beneath baseboards. Use two buckets of water for mopping: one for clean water and one for dirty water. Streaks on your flooring are typically caused by using a filthy mop head to clean them. Instead of sweeping, vacuum first before mopping because vacuuming is better at gathering dust. Just be sure to change your vacuum to a soft brush setting. A laminate floor can be scratched by ordinary brushes’ rotating bristles.
Step 03: If necessary, dry floors:
After mopping the floor, if there is any standing water, dry it with a microfiber towel. Usually, all you need to clean a laminate floor is water. If you must use cleaner, choose a laminate-specific formula recommended by manufacturers. Use a little vinegar and water to make your own homemade laminate floor cleaning. Bleach, acrylic products, and wax should never be used since they can harm the floor’s finish.
The best way to get stains out of laminate flooring
After mopping the floor, if there are any persistent stains, treat them according to the type of stain:
- Use a damp towel to remove stains from red wine, coffee, fruit juices, etc. Avoid using any cleaning products; simply use warm water;
- Use an acetone-based polish remover to remove paint, nail polish, markers, lipstick, and other stains of a like nature;
- Apply window cleaner to blood spots;
- Ink stains should be treated with detergent and a moist towel.
- Grease, wax, or chewing gum can be hardened with ice and then gently scraped off with a plastic knife or a credit card. Mineral spirits can be used to dampen a soft cloth and remove stubborn stains.
Whatever the stain, take care not to harm the laminate surface as you remove it, and always finish by wiping the area clean with a delicate cloth that is just slightly damp. Last but not least, in order to achieve the greatest results and avert potential harm, you must be aware of what to stay away from when cleaning laminate flooring.
Deep cleaning laminate floors: what to do
A thorough sweep may be enough for a daily clean, but mopping is required for truly deep cleaning your floors. Experts advise using a reusable mop with a microfiber head since it is not only the most environmentally responsible choice but also saves you from having to purchase numerous, expensive single-use mop heads. Another option is a spray mop, a microfiber mop with a refillable sprayer. Laminate can be cleaned with hardwood floor cleaner; the cleaning agent won’t be able to tell the difference. You can even create your own solution using only a few common home materials if you prefer a more natural, pantry-friendly approach.
- Sprinkle baking soda on the floor.
- Mix one gallon of hot water, one cup of vinegar, and a few drops of dish soap in a bucket.
- Dip your mop in the solution, being careful not to create puddles.
- To avoid mopping yourself into a corner, start from the back of the room and work your way to the front.
- Wring your wet mop and give the space a final wipe to remove any traces of baking soda or soap residue.
- Dry the floor using old towels (or just use the paper kind.)
How to tackle tough stains
It’s rare for stains to get past your laminate floor’s gloss and ruin the material underneath, but occasionally you’ll need more than a mop to remove a stain.
- As a general rule, acetone works wonders on oil-based stains while alcohol is more efficient at removing colors. Both call for suitable ventilation, masks, and safety gloves:
- Use the time to your favor if you have a large paint, tar, or grease stain on your hands. Use a rubber scraper or plastic putty knife to chip away at the spill once it has had time to dry.
- Use a tennis ball to buff it if it has scuff marks. You can even cut an X in the ball and attach it to the end of a broom handle if you don’t feel like crawling down on your hands and knees to push gently on the mark.) (No ball? No issue. A regular eraser from school will work too. When finished, make careful to clean away any eraser shavings.)
You should clean up the spill as soon as possible if it contains coffee, wine, or juice stains. Try spraying the area with a vinegar and water solution and then blotting with a paper towel until the stain is gone if it is still noticeable after you have cleaned it up.