Laminate flooring is one of the most popular types in use today. The mixture of affordability, performance, and aesthetics combine for a very appealing product. They're, also, known to be durable and tough to stain, but it gets dirty just like any other surface. Though easy to care for, laminate floors need to be cleaned regularly in order to prevent scratches or warping, but using harsh cleansers can create streaks or damage your flooring. The chemicals used in these solutions can, also, harm your family. There are many ways to clean green and still achieve quality results. Continue reading for tips about how to clean laminate floors from the Green Clean Certified® experts at Maid Brigade.
Most of us will turn to a broom as the first and most readily available option to clean our floors. Though fairly scratch-resistant, excess dirt, hair, and debris can cause abrasions in laminate flooring if allowed to collect over time. Regular sweeping, for example, can prevent such scarring. Dry dust mops work well as do the soft brush attachment on vacuum cleaners. For the best results, always move in the direction the tiles were laid to remove any debris from the grooves.
Note: Do not use a standard broom to sweep. The stiff, straw-like bristles on the brush could damage the surface.
To prevent liquid damage, clean spills immediately using a cloth or sponge. Never allow liquids, even water, to sit on the floor for prolonged periods as they can stain or damage the protective layer.
- Hot Water -
A thorough cleaning should be performed periodically or after the floor has become noticeably dirty. Hot water is considered by some as one of the best ways to clean laminate flooring since it will not leave streaks (when applied correctly). It is, also, less likely to damage the protective coating since water is a very mild cleanser. There are situations, though, where even water is discouraged. If wood, for example, is used in the flooring’s construction, even the mildest of liquids can cause irreparable damage. Consult the manufacturer’s care instructions or contact them directly for detailed recommendations.
- Soaps -
Soapy water is a good choice when cleaning laminate floors that have been exposed to tough and messy conditions. To preserve the protective layer of the laminate flooring, look for gentle soaps when cleaning. Do not use abrasive cleaners like bleach or other strong chemicals. Start with something that has a more gentle touch like baby shampoo. If this doesn’t work, then it’s time to evaluate stronger options. (Be careful when experimenting!) For example, do not use a scented or dyed dish detergent as these are increasingly likely to streak or damage your laminate flooring.
- Vinegar -
Vinegar is a versatile, natural solution that serves many purposes. As a DIY-er, there are many jobs where it is a viable alternative to harmful commercial cleaning solutions. It is, however, acidic and may not be appropriate for all flooring. Just like any other project, be sure to conduct proper research and consult the manufacturer prior to beginning.
As the saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Don’t wait for your laminate floor to become dirty or damaged before taking action to maintain them. Consider preventative measures such as:
No matter the measures we take, something is bound to slip past our carefully planned defenses and a stain will undoubtedly appear on our beautiful laminate floor. Worry not! Did you know that ice can be used to clean? Take a piece of ice to harden substances like wax or chewing gum and then gently scrape them up using a flat ended tool. Be careful not to scratch the surface and wipe the area clean with a soft, slightly damp cloth. If it’s a really stubborn one, try carefully removing it with acetone-based fingernail polish remover. If you just can’t find the time to apply these tips on how to clean laminate flooring, call your local Maid Brigade today, and let’s discuss how we can customize a cleaning for your individual needs. Complete our Quick, Easy, No Obligation Estimate Form or call us today at (866) 800-7470 for more information.