As laminate flooring gathers dirt over time, it will lose its original shine sooner or later. Instead of leaving the laminate flooring looking dull and dirty, homeowners should spend a little time and effort to restore the shine on their laminate flooring.
The most common kind of dirt that can be found on laminate flooring is dust and debris. Such dirt can be easily cleaned away by vacuuming or sweeping. Hard debris and small rocks should be cleaned away gently as they can scratch the laminate flooring. After the dust and debris are removed, use a cloth-strip mop to mop the floor. Many homeowners use cleaning products when they mop their laminate floors, but most of the time, using water is good enough. Put some vinegar in the water to prevent water spots from forming. Squeeze out as much water as possible when mopping, so that the floor can dry more quickly.
If you need a mop to keep your laminate flooring looking new, pick up an Easy Care Aluminium Microfibre Mop set. The telescopic handle and velcro pad changing system of this mop makes it a an effective and convenient tool to keep your laminate dust free.
If cleaning and mopping do not put the shine back on the laminate flooring, it is likely that the floor is coated with residue. Residue accumulates over time because of incorrect use of cleaning products, and it is more difficult to remove than the usual dirt and debris. Cleaning products that are not specifically made for laminate flooring can cause residue to build up on laminate surfaces. To remove residue without damaging the laminate flooring, put some vinegar on a clean cloth and wipe a small part of the floor. Keep wiping until a shiny spot is revealed under the residue. Then, continue to work on the rest of the floor until it becomes shiny again.
Some laminate floors are dull because they are old, and not much can be done to put the shine back on them. If removing the residue fails to make the laminate floor shine again, then the surface of the floor is probably worn out. In this case, a floor shiner can be used to make the floor shinier, but it will not be able to restore the original shine of the laminate surface. Applying a coat or two of floor polish can also be effective in reviving the shine.
The best way to maintain the shine on laminate flooring is to clean it regularly with the right cleaning method. Unless there are oily substances on the laminate floor, there is no need to use cleaning products to clean it. Make sure that small rocks and hard debris are removed as soon as they are seen on the laminate flooring.
For a really detailed guide have a look at Home Style Choice's page on Laminate Flooring Care.
Submitted by Jason Ashby, UKFD