Everyone loves the look of laminate flooring because of its wood-like finish without the cost. It’s also easier to install, clean, and maintain than real timber – and it provides that chic modern look that everyone is after in their house these days.
The best way to clean laminate floors actually takes minimal elbow grease. Sadly, however, laminate flooring is not waterproof – in fact, it’s rarely water resistant, so when it comes to cleaning, less is definitely more.
To keep your laminate flooring looking amazing, it comes down to regular upkeep and cleaning. To prevent scratches, day-to-day maintenance is essential, but harsh detergents and over-brushing can actually damage laminate flooring. So, here’s the best way to clean laminate flooring without the risks:
How to Clean Laminate Floors
- Vacuum or sweep your floor daily to prevent a build-up of dirt and debris. Even ‘scratch resistant’ flooring can be sensitive to scratches and the finish will always be affected by excess grit. Use a brush with soft bristles to avoid scratches, and if you’re using a vacuum cleaner, be sure to use the soft brush attachment.
- Clean up spills – fast. You’ll need to quickly soak up any spillages, and when you’re doing so, make sure you use minimal water. If you leave water or liquids on the laminate flooring for a long time, it can stain and also wear away the protective coating. Use a clean, dry towel or sponge to soak up the spill, and let it dry well.
- Washing and wiping. Between pets, muddy footprints and life’s little accidents, every floor will require a good clean every now and again. You should clean a laminate floor thoroughly every few months, or when you have a particularly stubborn stain. Fill a bucket with clean, warm water or a specialist laminate cleaner, and soak a flat mop in it. After you wring the mop out, lightly mop the floor leaving it slightly damp – not soaking wet. If you regularly soak and wring out the mop, you will avoid creating puddles.