Regular cleaning laminate floor prevents it from getting scratched but it’s not advisable to use harsh cleansers as they can create damage to the floor. Using a dry mop can be done on a regular basis. For more intense cleaning, warm water or mild cleansers can be used. There are few tips listed on to clean laminate floors the more effective and efficient ways.
Sweep the floor regularly. Use a dry dust across the surface of the floor every few days to remove everyday dirt and dust.
- Regular sweeping is always the best way to clean laminate floors. Though laminate floors are scratch resistant, dirt, hair, dust and debris when they build up over time can cause scratches to the floor.
- You could also use a vacuum with soft brush for better and time efficient cleaning.
- Using a standard floor brush with straw-like bristles is not recommended as it could damage the floor surface.
- Sweeping in the direction that the laminate floor tiles were allows you to pick up any debris that falls in between the grooves of the laminate flooring pieces.
Hot water cleaning. A bucket of hot water will do most of the heavier stains. Though not steaming hot, water should around above lukewarm.
- A hot, wet wash should be done thoroughly every few months when the floor gets noticeably dirty.
- When done correctly it will not leave steaks or dry dusts and muds. It is one of the best ways for cleaning as it cleans more efficiently and protects the coating of the laminate since water is the mildest cleaning tool available. It is also cheaper than buying commercial cleaners.
Using a sponge mop.
- Soak a sponge mop in the hot water and wring it out so that it is only mildly damp.
- Sponge mop is much easier to use than traditional mop because you can have full control of the direction and pressure.
- It is recommended for the sponge to be mildly damp when cleaning laminate because even a regular water can stain or warp the floor.
Clean spills immediately. Use a soft cloth or sponge to clean up any liquid spills at once.
- Don’t let the liquid even water to sit on the floor over a long period of time. Liquid can stain or damage the protective wear layer of the laminate flooring.
- Using a dry cloth or sponge, soak up any liquid from the floor.
- To remove any remaining residue, dampen the cloth or sponge before spot-cleaning the location of the spill
- Dry the spot with a dry, soft cloth. Do not allow the area to remain wet.
Removing stubborn dirt.
- Blood. Clean the stain as soon as possible. Dry blood be very difficult to remove and might cause scratch to your floor. Use a soft microfiber in cleaning your laminate floor.
- Bubble Gum. Use a plastic knife in removing bubble gum. Do not use metal knife as it will more likely scratch the floor.
- Soda, crayon marks, nail and shoe polish, inks, and wine. Use mildly damp soft cloth. Applying mineral spirits can also help particularly with waxy crayon markings. You may use mild detergent in cleaning stubborn dirt. Use acetone for removing nail polish or shoe polish.
Removing Grease and oil.
- Apply an ice pack to the surface to harden the oil or grease. You may use plastic knife and never use a metal one. Window cleaner may also be used as an alternative.
- Scuffs and heel marks. Just simply use eraser to remove heel marks and scuffs.
- Using vinegar and water.
- Diluted vinegar is especially useful when your laminate floor has mud or other stains that have caused it to become faded or dull.
- Vinegar is too abrasive to be used in its pure form, so you must combine it with water.