Floor care is inevitable in any home, villa, rental or office. Different types of materials have their own requirements presented by manufacturers. Sometimes gross errors are made by users – for example, they think they can clean the laminate in the same way as solid wood because they look almost identical. However, laminate flooring has composition and features that deviate significantly from the other floorings. You have to become acquainted with them in order to preserve the appealing appearance. Surface treatment should be done in the right way and by the right means. The good owner is required to learn how to clean and preserve the gloss of the flooring for as long as possible.
Methods for Cleaning Laminated Flooring
Method 1: Clean with hot water
- Fill the bucket with warm water – although lamina does not like excessive water, it takes a few months to sanitize it this way. The water should be in moderate quantities and warm but not hot
- Dip a suitable sponge and squeeze well – the final result should be a slightly moistened sponge or soft cloth. Make sure they are clean. Otherwise, when wet, it is possible to release the dirt or the coloration on the sponge, if any, and then pass over the floor
- Clean the entire floor – divide the room into two and start from the innermost end to the middle. After making sure that you have not missed any part, continue with the other half. In case you see that the floor is dry or if there are any dirty traces, moisten the sponge again
- Dry the laminate – you can use a dry and clean microfiber cloth or leave it open to dry naturally. It’s only important not to step on the freshly cleaned floor until it dries completely
Method 2: Clean with vinegar
- Prepare the solution – mix 1/4 cup of white vinegar and water in a spray of about 1 liter. Add clean water to the top. It is possible to mix another – a glass of vinegar, 4 liters of warm water and a little liquid detergent. Dilution of vinegar is considerable because it is considered abrasive, which prevents it from being used in pure form. Otherwise it is very useful for the type of laminate
- Start spraying on sprays – spray small, even in small areas. Then it should be wiped almost instantly. Vinegar should not last very long on the ground because it can damage the protective coating. This is precisely why the treatment takes place on small stretches
- Wipe with a damp cloth – use clean towels (preferably microfiber) to rinse the floor. Pay attention to the dampness of the wiping agent because excess water will cause surface distortion
- Dry the laminate – reuse dry and clean cloth or run natural drying. You can also include floor fans in the room
Method 3: Wash with baby shampoo
- Fill the bucket with hot water – the quantity should be approximately 4 liters of hot but not hot water
- Make the baby shampoo solution – mix warm water and 2 tsp baby shampoo. Keep in mind that it is not advisable to replace a child’s shampoo with an adult or to put a liquid soap
- Wet a soft sponge in the solution to light humidity – the procedure is the same as in the above method. It is aimed at the floor to moisten but not to get wet significantly
- Start the cleaning from one end to the other – split the room again and start from one side to the other until you pass through the room. Do not step on the rest of the floor again
- Dry the floor – if it is possible not to step on the floor right now, let it dry out on its own. If you expect guests – wipe with a cloth
Method 4: Removal of problem spots from laminated parquet
- Cleaning stains from blood – use a window cleaner. Act quickly when you see blood on the floor. Spray directly on and wipe with a slightly damp and warm microfiber cloth
- Chewing gum – To cope with this challenge, you must have a plastic knife and a soft damp cloth again. Metal knives are not recommended because they can scratch the floor. Sharpen the chewing gum with the plastic knife and pick up the residue with the cloth
- Cleaning of spills of wine, ink, pastels – usually for each spill, it is necessary to act on the moment with a slightly damp microfibre cloth. If you can not handle it so easily, add a suitable product to the cloth. Then always clean the area with a clean, warm and slightly wet cloth
- Cleansing greasy stains – this method can be called “freezing”. Take the ice directly from the freezer and place it on the grease. You can use frozen vegetables or meat. Wait until it hardens, then scrape again with a plastic knife. Again wipe by spraying with a little window cleaner, then rinse with a clean cloth
- Other means for stubborn stains on the laminate – used lacquer, shoe paint, pencil for pencil. First wipe the towel with a varnish cleaner, then rub on the stain. Then rinse again with clean water. You can apply and erase the floor with pencil rubbing. The action is the same as on a piece of paper, except in the part of the contaminated area
Maintaining the shine of laminated parquet
Cleaning the dirt from the floor
First remove the dust from the floor. For this purpose, use a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush, a soft brush or microfibers that do not cause scratches. Then treat the floor with a trusted agent or prepare a solution of ½ cup of water, white vinegar and alcohol in your home. Use spray bottle for even spreading. Lightly moisten the floor and wipe with a soft cloth. It may be slightly damp, but not too wet.
Start from one end to the other. When you are sure that you have done everything right, open the windows and wait for the floor to dry completely before someone can step on it again. When it dries completely, look again for stains
Keeping the laminate clean and shiny
Once you’ve done cleaning, you need to apply it more often to observe this shine every day. At least once a week you need to apply this technology. If you have animals, children, or if you are a very large family and traffic is large, clean at least twice a week. Ask everyone to wipe their shoes well in front of the door or put “welcome”
Preventive measures for floor shine
Clean regularly, but do not use rough detergents (dish sponges, staples, coarse cloths, etc.). It is advisable not to use abrasive products, as well as excessive water. Any buckets and rags that can not be well squeezed are forbidden. They could cause deformation and swelling. Place pads under the feet of all furniture so as not to scratch the surface when moving
Basic tips to extend the life of laminated flooring
- Place appropriate pads under the laminate – ask for advice on the type of pad that will provide you with better noise and heat insulation, as well as higher durability
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions – you can ask personally or look for guidelines for cleaning and maintaining the laminate on the website. Keep in mind that your warranty will be forfeited if you are self-interested, will affect your floor damage yourself.
- Use suitable cleaners and consumables – set special products that contain no harmful chemicals and non-abrasive chemicals. Get a soft broom, a suitable vacuum cleaner and soft towels.
- Place pads under the furniture – this will prevent scratching the surface when moving.
- Replace wheel chairs with softer rubber instead of plastic
- Place large and small carpets in the endangered places – under heavier furniture, at the entrance to the door where shoes are dirty and small pebbles that can scratch the pavement.
- Take preventive measures from the point of view of your pets – they are one of the biggest villains in a household. They tend to put dirt on the outside and damage the beautiful floor if their nails are not well cut.
- Clean up regularly – once you find the most effective way to maintain your home hygiene, follow the steps and apply them at least twice a week. Dust, hairs and dirt accumulate over time may scratch the surface.
- Use a slightly damp cloth and absorb spills immediately – the laminate is moisture-resistant, but excessive water can penetrate between the boards and deform the floor.