How to clean laminate floors

Laminate floors require regular maintenance to prevent scratching or damage, and a key part of this is cleaning the surface itself.

Generally, you should aim to clean your laminate floor with a dry mop once every few days or so. Aside from this, there are various methods you can try to ensure your laminate has that spanking new shine, all of the time. Here are a few of the best:

Basic laminate floor cleaning to get the shine back

You will need:

  • A dust/microfiber mop
  • Soft bristle broom
  • A vacuum cleaner
  • A cloth/sponge
  • Laminate floor cleaner (optional)

What to do:

  • Sweep the floor
    • Using a dry dust/microfiber mop, brush over the surface of the laminate floor to remove any dirt or debris that may have accumulated. We suggest you do this regularly, at least once a week, or maybe more depending on the area. Kitchen floors for example, are likely to pick up more dirt.
    • Laminate flooring tends to be fairly scratch resistant, but to avoid scratches from occurring, it’s important you frequently mop the floor to reduce the build up of debris, crumbs, hair and excess dirt.
    • It’s also important you use a soft bristle brush, not a standard floor one, as the stiffer bristles could actually damage the surface of the laminate.
    • Using laminate floor cleaner is optional, but it’ll give you a more thorough clean. Just spray this on the mop before cleaning.
    • Alternatively, you can use a vacuum to suck up any loose particles, as long as it has a soft brush and not a beater bar.

Top tip: Sweep the floor along the grain, in the direction the laminate tiles were laid; ensuring that no debris if left behind in the grooves.

  • Clean up any spillages right away!
    • In order to preserve the appearance of your laminate floor, you’ll need to clean up your spills immediately. Use a sponge or dry cloth to soak up any liquid that makes its way onto the laminate surface.
    • Once the liquid is removed, take a new dry cloth to properly dry the area.

Laminate floor cleaning using water

You will need:

  • A bucket
  • A mop
  • Hot water
  • A dry/microfiber cloth

What to do:

  • Add hot water to the bucket
    • Fill the bucket with warm/hot water – it doesn’t need to be boiling hot.
  • Soak & wring out the mop
    • Take your sponge mop, soak it in the hot water and wring it out so that it is left mildly damp.
    • Ensure that the mop is well wrung out before you begin mopping – as excess water can cause stains and potentially warp the laminate floor. 
  • Mop the floor thoroughly!
    • Apply the mildly damp mop to the floor and cover the entire laminate surface. Begin in the centre, and work your way out to reach the corners of the room.
    • Re-soak and re-wring the mop if necessary, in order to keep it damp.
  • Dry the floor  
    • It’s important to ensure there are no puddles of water remaining, as this can cause damage to the laminate
    • Using a dry microfiber cloth, mop back over the floor until it is all-dry. You’ll need to make sure it’s a soft cloth to avoid scratching. 

Can you use vinegar and water to clean laminate floors?

Yes. If you follow the these 4 simple steps:

  • Mix up a vinegar and water solution
    • Pour about 60ml (or ¼ cup) of white vinegar into a 1000ml spray bottle. Fill the remainder of the bottle with water, and shake the bottle well to form the solution.
  • Spray the solution on the laminate floor
    • Little by little, spray the vinegar and water solution onto the floor.
    • Apply the solution to small areas of floor, no bigger than 1-foot squares.
    • Ensure you work like this as spraying the whole floor at once won’t allow you to clean the vinegar off before it starts to wear away the laminate!
  • Immediately wipe up the solution
    • Using a cloth or damp mop, wipe the solution off the floor.
    • Remember to stay clear of any mops that are abrasive or may cause scratching.
    • Ensure that if you use a mop, it is well wrung-out – you don’t want to leave any excess moisture lying around.
  • Dry the laminate
    • Use a dry microfiber cloth or sponge to soak up any water that remains on the floor. If it’s not a lot, you can probably afford to leave it to air dry.

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