How to Clean Laminate Flooring
Daily life takes its toll on any floor. Without proper maintenance, the effects of stains, spills, traffic & time will begin to show on your laminate floors.
While laminate is durable and easy to care for, it still requires preventative measures & daily care to keep it looking & performing its best. Knowing what’s expect of you regarding upkeep can be an important determining factor in your purchase choice.
Daily laminate flooring care tips
Laminate floors are durable, but not indestructible. When unattended dirt is ground into the surface of a floor, it acts as an abrasive that causes damage on an unseen level. This damage can be avoided with regular sweeping, dust mopping, or vacuuming. You can use a broom or a vacuum cleaner without a beater bar. Your vacuum cleaner’s attachments are useful for picking up dirt from between planks & tiles or along the edges of rooms.
We also recommend an occasional damp mopping, but never a wet mopping. Water can cause expansion of your laminate floors. Always use a clean dry cloth to remove any excess moisture after damp mopping.
Finally, some preventative measures you can take include:
- Placing doormats at each entryway to collect any moisture or dirt before it enters your home
- Placing glides or floor protectors on the bottom of all furniture to prevent possible scratching or abrasion
- Lifting heavy furniture instead of dragging or pulling it
- Avoiding soaps, wax & polish
- Removing stiletto heels before walking across your floors
- Trim your pets’ claws regularly
Dealing with spills
Spot cleaning should be done using your manufacturer’s recommended products. Treat all liquid spills immediately, blotting them up so that your laminate doesn't warp from prolonged exposure to moisture. While some laminate products are waterproof, most aren't. If your flooring needs a deeper clean, use a manufacturer-approved cleaning solution and follow all instructions.