Laminate flooring is the perfect choice for durable, easy to clean flooring that can last. With proper cleaning, laminate flooring can resist damage and continue to look new for several years.
Licensed flooring experts can agree on the many benefits of laminate flooring installation throughout various rooms of the house. It's cost-efficient, easy to install, and durable. But it takes the right kind of care to ensure its durability for the long term.
How you clean it makes a difference. That's why we've built a list of tips for your next floor cleaning day. Here are five easy ways to clean your laminate floor and more:
1. Stick To a Regular Cleaning Schedule
A regular cleaning schedule for your laminate flooring will help prevent scratches and keep your floors looking newer, longer. Experts recommend you sweep your floor surface every one to two days, gently covering the entire floor. This doesn't have to be a thorough clean because you'll do it again in a couple of days. But it will help you identify stubborn marks and address high-traffic areas.
Clean baseboards less frequently, or sweep them lightly each time you sweep. Be mindful of baseboards when addressing spills or when mopping the floor. Baseboards can be cleaned with a bucket of warm water and a damp microfiber cloth. Stickier spills and messes might require more than water, and we'll cover that under tip 4.
Mopping the floor should be done with slightly less frequency, which should be determined based on the amount of traffic your floors see. We recommend mopping your floors once a week for regular traffic areas and more frequently if something sticky gets spilled. Clean floors mean addressing all parts of the floor on a regular schedule in order to prevent damage or excessive dirt built up.
2. Clean Spills As Quickly As They Happen
Like hardwood floors, laminate floors can be susceptible to warping and water damage if exposed to excessive moisture. While most laminate flooring is waterproof flooring, water resistance can diminish over time. This is especially true if excess moisture is not wiped away and begins to permeate the floor surface.
Use a clean, dry microfiber cloth or soft paper towel to absorb spills on your laminate floor right away. For high-traffic and high moisture areas, use floor mats to further protect the floor surface. Floor mats can be useful in areas like entryways and in front of sinks.
3. Choose The Right Tools
When sticking to a regular cleaning schedule, hot water in a clean bucket with either a mop or towel is enough to deep clean your laminate flooring. Avoid abrasive mops and cleaning products, choosing a mop for laminate floors or a soft microfiber cloth to scrub your floor. Here are some of the best mops recommended by our peers for cleaning laminate flooring.
Clean water and a soft cloth are all you need to clean baseboards and problem areas like corners of the room. If you're sticking to a schedule and cleaning up spills as they happen, regular laminate cleaning is very low-maintenance.
4. Choose The Right Products
Once you've chosen a mop for laminate floors and have mopped the entire surface with clean, hot water, you're all set! But what if you're not?
Sometimes we don't see sticky messes or spilled drinks until long after they've occurred. In these cases, your floor might require the cleaning power of a natural product, a mild detergent, or other laminate floor cleaners. Some homeowners swear by the cleaning power of a small amount of vinegar in their bucket of water. Others use mild or all-natural, all-purpose surface cleaners to mop their floors. In any case, Be sure to avoid products that are not approved for your surface, including abrasive cleaners and cleaning tools.
Be sure to read the label and do a spot test before using new cleaning products on your entire floor. Thoroughly rinse any soapy water or dirty water residue from the floor surface after you have mopped with the cleaning product. In cases of poor ventilation, you may need to towel dry or dry mop to complete the cleaning process.
5. Skip the Heavy Chemicals and Equipment
To protect your flooring from scratches, adhere to the guidelines in tips #3 and #4 regarding cleaning equipment and products. While laminate flooring is resilient and durable, it can be damaged. Some vacuum cleaner parts are even strong enough to cause scratches to the floor surface. Steam cleaners and steam mops are also not recommended to avoid floor damage.
Still have questions about caring for your laminate floor? Looking for more information about installation or repair? Visit our laminate flooring page for more information and a free estimate for your project.