Cleaning Laminate Floors

Next to having solid hardwood floors, laminate floors are the next best thing. They are not only attractive, but durable as well. Even so, they will still require regular cleaning to keep them looking new for years to come. With that said, here are some tips for cleaning laminate floors you should know.

Basics

Laminate flooring is not that difficult to keep clean if you sweep them at least once a week. If your home gets extra foot traffic you may need to sweep them every 2-3 days.

The reason for this, other than just maintaining a cleaner home, is that dirt, sand and grit can easily damage the surface as you continue to walk over it. You can also use a wood floor vacuum instead of a broom if you like.

Simple Cleaning Method

You can certainly go out and buy one of the many floor cleaning products to use on your floors, but I would recommend a better method that won’t cost anything.

Use your cotton mop with a bucket of hot water. I’ve been using this for cleaning laminate floors for many years and it works great. Be sure to wring out your mop well and don’t puddle water up on the floor.

Something else that others have done is to use this method, but add 1/4 cup of vinegar into the water.

One of the best things about this method is that you won’t get that sticky feeling as you walk across the floor afterwards.

Of course, you could also buy something like a Swiffer mop if you want to, but you will be continually replacing it over the course of a year.

Other Tips

Be sure you never use an abrasive cleaner or steel wool on laminate floors. You shouldn’t wax or polish a laminate floor unless your manufacturers instructions say otherwise. Finally, don’t attempt to sand or refinish this type of flooring