What is the Best Way to Clean Laminate Wood Floors?
Best Way to Clean Laminate Wood Floors and Keep Them Looking New
Laminate wood floors are more popular than ever, they look good, they are fairly inexpensive and they are easy to maintain. If you have or are thinking about installing new flooring, you will want to find out how to clean them that will preserve them and keep them looking new!
There are several opinions on the best way to take care of your flooring. Following manufacturers recommendations is always suggested but depending on the brand that can vary as well.
I have found it is important to try different cleaners in small spots or if you have any extra pieces left over, you could test them without risk of damaging your floors.
So let's take a look at some of the variables so you can decide the best way that fits your lifestyle and still keeps your floors looking beautiful!
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Black & Decker SM1620 Steam Mop - Smart Select Technology making your life easier...
Do you have laminate flooring in your kitchen? Then you are most likely worried about making sure your floor is free of germs or any bacteria that might come in contact with food. With today's advanced technology, you don't have to use your Mother's string mop!
My aunt loves her steam mop! After her back surgery, she finally gave up the old "string mop" and swears she will never go back!
Removing Debris and Getting Rid of Germs
Using Microfiber and Steam, a great combination...
Microfiber mops are a great way to remove the surface dirt and debris before applying any cleaner. They are lightweight and easy to use, and usually very affordable. But what about sanitizing or killing germs?
There are more and more steam mops being introduced that are safe for all hard surfaces including laminate wood floors. They really give you great versatility and allow you to cut down on how many different cleaning tools you need.
How Safe is Steam Cleaning? - Take out the guesswork...
Are you wondering if steam cleaning is really a good idea? It is one of the best ways of not only removing the dirt and grime from buildup but it can also kill harmful germs and bacteria that you might not see.
There are multiple steam mops on the market today that are approved for using on your laminated flooring. As with any cleaning method, you may want to test a small area to start. I love the feeling of knowing it's okay for my kids to play in the floor.
Steam mops do offer a chemical free cleaning method that can also be beneficial if you or your family has allergies to harsh chemicals. So just depending on how much you have, your budget and features that are important to you, you can find the perfect steam mop!
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What is Microfiber?
Microfiber is actually a fine synthetic yarn. It can be used for many things including:
Textiles for Cleaning
Just to name a few...
For Cleaning Wood Laminate Flooring the Microfiber Mop needs to be split microfiber so it can absorb dirt, dust particles and help absorb water.
Why Do You Need to Remove Surface Dirt? - Mop the Floor with a Microfiber Mop
Removing the surface dirt and debris reduces the risk for scratching the finish or causing permanent damage. You could also use a soft bristle broom or even a vacuum that is especially designed for use on this type of flooring.
It really depends on how much you have in your home. If you only have a small room, a broom really makes sense. If you have more than one room you will want to consider something that will help you clean your floors quickly and easily.
Regardless of which method you choose, just remember that routine cleaning will help keep your floors looking new!
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Best Vacuums for Hard Surfaces - A great choice when you also have carpet...
There are several options when you are looking for a vacuum that will do the job. If you have multiple surfaces in your home or apartment, you may want to consider a vacuum cleaner that will work for all of them. Even if you go with a micro-fiber mop or steam mop, sometimes you just want to run the vacuum over the whole house.
Whether you are looking for something lightweight or a vacuum that works for pet hair, there are multiple choices, I just tried to highlight some of my favorites. My sister has two cats, multiple levels and multiple flooring at her house and she actually keeps a Bissell PowerEdge on each floor of her house. Sure saves a lot of steps when you go to cleaning.
Color Choices are Important - Let us know which one you prefer!
What color or shade of laminate flooring is your favorite?
Using Vinegar, a Natural, Economical Way to Clean - Does Homemade Floor Cleaner Work?
Do you think a homemade floor cleaner will work as good as pre-mixed floor cleaners? There are more and more people who are choosing to make their own floor cleaner and it can be very simple. Some are cleaning their floor with vinegar and a few other household ingredients mixed in for a greener, less toxic way of cleaning.
You can purchase some all-purpose premixed green cleaners that are mostly vinegar & water with a few essential oils added but many times these cleaners can leave streaks, especially if your flooring is a darker color. I am including a recipe that my aunt passed down to me once we had finished installing ours a few years ago and it works well for me.
You may want to try a small area just to see if you are pleased with the results before you do all of your floors. It might not be for you or it could be the best cleaner you have ever used!
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Recipe for Homemade Vinegar Floor Cleaner
Dishwashing Liquid (Your Favorite)
Orange or Lemon Oil (Optional essential oils)
Mix equal parts of vinegar, alcohol and water then add a few drops of dishwashing liquid and a few drops of the oil if you want to add a scent. I usually put it in a spray bottle for easy application.
Best Way for Cleaning Small Sections
Slip-sliding away your dust!
Okay, dusting your floors with your slippers sounds a little silly but not when you are wearing your Slipper Genie Microfiber Cleaning Slippers .
Just slip them on and slide into all those small spaces that mops can't go! Perfect if you only have a small area that needs to be cleaned. They are available for men or women and feature various colors.
Safe for all hard surface floors, machine washable and so easy to use. A great way to easily remove dirt, dust or pet hair from small areas.
Different Types of Flooring - Do you have a favorite?
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What type of flooring do you prefer?
What are Some of the Pros and Cons? - Whether you are buying, building or remodeling, info you need to know...
Are you considering remodeling, building or maybe in the market for buying a home? You should know some of the pros and cons so you can make an informed decision. Some people simply love their flooring while others swear to never have them again! So why is there so much difference of opinion?
Well...just like any material you use in your house, it really depends on several points that will help determine what works best for you and your family. For example, budget, ease of installation, pets or no pets, kids or no kids, durability, time and effort into cleaning it, possible resale value, allergies, etc. I think you get the picture, you should always list these types of questions before making a decision about any type of flooring you are considering before you buy.
1Laminate Floor Pros
Price fits most budgets
Easy to Install
Unlike Hardwood, there are no Defects in Laminate
Works in most rooms including bathrooms, laundries and kitchens
Easy to Clean
2Laminate Floor Cons
Not real hardwood
Can be noisy
Resale Value may not be as good
Can not be sanded and refinished
Limited design and customizing
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Tips to Protect and Maintain Your Floors from Damage - Things you might not think about...
Learning how to clean laminate wood flooring is just one way to maintain your floors. Besides cleaning there are other tips you need to know about protecting your laminate flooring. First you should never let water or other spills stand any longer than possible. Wipe them up with a dry cloth immediately to avoid any damage. When you use cleaners on your flooring, you should apply with some type of spray bottle, microfiber mop or other damp mop designed for cleaning laminate wood floors.
You should also avoid high heels or shoes that might leave scuff marks on your floors, going barefoot is always acceptable! If you have to move furniture around, place felt pads on the legs or feet of the furniture prior to moving.
If you have pets, you will want to keep their nails trimmed to avoid scratches on your laminate wood floors. You should also be aware that laminate floors do not need waxing and you should avoid harsh cleaners especially any that contain bleach.
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Mop the Floor with Microfiber Mops - Mops have come a long way over the years...
Always a great back-up or to use when you just need to spot clean or do a quick run over the main traffic areas. Some days just call for simple, basic cleaning that is quick and easy!
Choosing Laminate Wood Flooring - Where do you want it?
If you don't already have laminate flooring, and you decide use it in your remodel, which rooms would you put it in? Many people love it for the ease of cleaning it but would you want it in your whole house? Is it good for bathrooms?
Let us know what you think...