You have installed beautiful laminate floors, and you’d like to keep them looking great for years to come. Cleaning your floors is a key element in maintaining them over time. For cleaning you’ll need a basic set of tools and supplies. Read on for our tips on the best way to clean laminate flooring.
- BROOMING FIRST AND THEN, MOPPING
The most important tip is that you have to be gentle when you clean your laminate floors. So, first take a broom with soft bristles or a soft cloth and sweep away all the dust. If you have pets at home, you may find that pet hair sticks pretty easily to laminate floors and can be hard to clean with just a broom and mop. Pets can easily scratch and damage the resinous top layer of the laminate. Your pets may not have long talons or claws, but for all intents and purposes it is better to keep them away from the laminate floor. Second, a lightweight vacuum cleaner with a good suction capacity should easily clean up the hair. Mop well and your floors will be shining again. Remember not to use excessive water though, to avoid water spots.
2. AVOID LETTING ANY SPILL OR DIRT DRY
Your laminate floors have full potential to handle stains. So, if something spills, instead of using a chemical cleaner, most of the times, a simple wipe with a soft damp cloth is enough to deal with food spills and you will not have any stains either. The important thing is not to let the spill dry because you may end up scratching the protective surface of the laminate panels while attempting to clean a dried spill. In any case, if the floor gets stained by oil or paint, use some acetone remover to gently wipe the spot and then immediately clean with a damp cloth.
3. AVOID USE OF CHEMICALS AND ABRASIVES
Do not forget that it is really important to protect the resin-coated top layer of laminate floors to ensure longevity. So, it is suggested that you avoid using steel-wool scrubs, scrub pads, chemical-based cleaners, and cleaners with a soap or detergent base. Do not attempt to wax or polish your laminate floors in order to make them shine, either. The only chemical that you should use on a laminate floor is laminate floor repair paste for repairing minor nicks and scratches.
4. UNDERSTAND THE LIMITS OF USING WATER
It is understandable why water comes off as the first element in any cleaning process. Water is a natural cleaner. However, while it has no chemicals that can harm your laminate floors, using too much of it can also have a bad effect. The biggest problem is that if not used the right way, water can easily seep in between the laminate panels and cause the underlying wood to warp and become lumpy – not something you’d want to happen. To avoid this, make sure you damp cloths for a quick wipe and clean up any liquids that may spill on the floor quickly.
5. GO FOR AN ANNUAL DEEP CLEANING
Despite your daily cleaning routine, there will be some amount of hazing and film build up. Hence, opt for an annual deep cleaning from the best in town. While your cleaning can provide the temporary solution, it is true that the professionals would know how to get the dirt out of invisible places – like where the skirting profile is attached to the wall. This way, you can ensure that your laminate floors will last for their entire lifetime which is a good ten years or so!