How to Clean Laminate Wood Flooring
If you are remodeling your home or have done remodeling recently, you know how popular laminate wood flooring has become.
It makes a beautiful addition to your home, and it is not only durable but also fairly inexpensive when compared to traditional hardwood.
Although it is easy to install, it does require special cleaning, different from the cleaning you would give a tile or vinyl floor.
Don't get me wrong, these floors are not hard to clean, you just need to know the right way to do it, so that you can keep them looking great for years to come.
Keeping the Dust, Dirt and Grit Off Your Wood Laminate Flooring
First of all, you want to make sure the dust, dirt, and grit are removed before cleaning with any other cleaners. This will help you avoid any unwanted scratches to your new floors from little pebbles or grit.
This is really simple to do. Depending on how often you clean and how much traffic your floors get, you can use either a dust mop or a vacuum made for hardwood floors.
One of the more popular vacuums for cleaning laminate floors is the Hoover LINX Cordless Stick Vacuum. As you can see in the picture to the right, you can get the whole family involved!
You can always use a broom; just remember that if you do, it is highly recommended to use one that has the softer plastic bristles.
Once you have removed all the dirt and grit from the floors, you are ready to proceed to the cleaning!
How to Clean Laminated Wood Floors
Tools of the Trade
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Choosing the Right Cleaners for Wood Flooring
There are many different floor cleaners on the market today but you want to be sure and choose carefully. Find a cleaner that is recommended for cleaning laminate wood floors.
The main point you want to remember: DO NOT use a mop with a bucket of water on a laminate wood floor, and DO NOT leave water standing on your laminate flooring for any length of time. Soaking it in water could cause the floor to warp, or even worse, to separate.
You should, however, immediately clean spills that might stain with a damp cloth, which will prevent having to use a harsh stain remover later.
Other Tips on What NOT to Use to Clean Laminate Wood Flooring:
- Soap-based detergents
- Abrasive cleaners
- Clean-and-shine combination products
- Steel wool or other scouring pads
- Wax or polish
Homemade Laminate Floor Cleaner Recipe
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup vinegar
- 1 cup rubbing alcohol
- A few drops of your favorite essential oil (I like lemon and lavender)
Mix all of these together in a new or clean spray bottle and be sure to label the bottle. I always recommend testing a small area of your floor before using this on the whole area.
- I have not used this, but others have suggested adding a tablespoon of dish soap.
Green Cleaning Tips
If you are looking for a good solution that will still cut the grime and be environmentally friendly, then look no further than your kitchen.
Vinegar and water is one of the best mixtures to use, it's affordable and easy to mix, and if you have pets, kids, allergies or all of the above, you can feel good about using it.
Now I know it can be a little stinky, so there is a way around that: you can add just a little hint of your favorite essential oil to help with the scent. You will also need a little rubbing alcohol. Vinegar is one of my favorite household cleaners to keep around!
Cleaning and Maintaining Your Laminate Floors
How to Clean Laminate Wood Flooring with a Hard Floor Mop
I have found that using a hard floor mop is easy. You can clean your laminate floors more quickly and efficiently this way than with a broom and a traditional mop.
Using a hard-surface floor mop to maintain and clean your flooring will keep it looking good for a long time. With most hard floor mops, you can control the amount of moisture that you are putting on the floor, which is very important when cleaning laminate floors.
Proper cleaning can extend the life of your laminate floor. Even if it's inexpensive compared to other flooring, you still want it to last a long time.