Laminate flooring always looks good, but it requires some maintenance to keep its beauty. Proper cleaning is a must as they will attract dirt. Below are some tips for people who want to learn how to clean laminate flooring properly.
Step 1: Sweep the floor: The first thing to always do before anything else is to sweep away any dust or debris that is lying on the laminate flooring. Be careful not to sweep too hard or you can lightly scratch the surface.
Step 2: Choose the right materials: If the floor only has a small stain, a mop is not needed. Instead, use a soft cloth to blot up spills right when they happen. Never let the liquid sit for any length of time. For tougher stains like crayon or lipstick, wet a cloth with nail polish, and scrub on the stains in a quick hard motion.
Step 3: Mix your cleaner: For the whole floor, many people recommend only using water and vinegar mixed together instead of a store-bought cleaner. This simple mix removes most stains and it does not leave any troublesome streaking. Mix ½ cup of vinegar into a full gallon of water and pour it into a bucket. Some people add rubbing alcohol to help the floor dry faster, but it’s entirely your decision.
Step 4: Begin mopping: You may not think so, but technique matters a lot when it comes to mopping a laminate floor. First pick a mop with micro fibre so it absorbs the mixture well without letting it all flood out at once. Mop only small sections at a time in the direction of the actual laminate floor pattern.
Step 5: Dry the floor: You can let the laminate floor air dry on its own, though most people recommend taking clean, soft towels, and drying the entire floor to prevent any warping. This will give a nice, clean sheen as well.
Step 6: Maintain your floor: The easiest way to clean and maintain laminate flooring is to always make sure to keep the cleanliness up. This will prevent the floor from becoming damaged rather than dirty. Keep the laminate floor clean and you’ll have to wash it less.
Be careful when cleaning laminate floors and you’ll have a gorgeous floor for a long time.
Submitted by Jason Ashby, UKFD