Laminate flooring has quickly become the preferred alternative to carpets, with many homeowners attracted to its wood-like feel and finish. Far more affordable than natural wood, laminate flooring is also easier to install, clean, and maintain – providing a smart finish and easy practicality ideally suited to busy modern life and a desire for chic interior design.
Thankfully, then, the best way to clean laminate floors is with minimal effort and elbow grease. You’d be forgiven for thinking that laminate flooring is waterproof, but sadly, it’s not. In fact, laminate floorboards are rarely water-resistant, and so when it comes to cleaning laminate flooring, less is definitely more.
Keeping your laminate flooring in tip-top condition is therefore down to regular upkeep and thorough cleaning. Day-to-day maintenance is essential to prevent scratching, but harsh cleaning detergents and over-brushing can damage the surface of your flooring. Wondering how to clean laminate flooring without risking its feel and finish? Here’s how:
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How to Clean a Laminate Floor
- To prevent a build-up of dirt and debris, you should sweep or vacuum your floor on a daily basis. Even if it’s sold as ‘scratch-resistant’, all hard flooring is sensitive to scratching, and excess grit is bound to affect the finish of your laminate flooring. Use a soft brush (the hard bristles of traditional floor brushes will also gradually cause scratching) or, if you’re using a vacuum cleaner, make sure you use the soft-brush attachment.
- Clean up spillages – fast. Even when spot cleaning laminate floors it’s best to limit the amount of water you use, so when spillages occur you will need to move quickly to soak up the liquid. Leaving water or liquid for long periods of time will not only stain your flooring but can also wear away the protective coating. Using a clean, dry towel or sponge, soak up the moisture and dry well.
- Washing and wiping. With pets, muddy footprints, and life’s everyday little accidents, every floor (even a laminate one) will require a good clean now and again. Thorough laminate floor cleaning should be carried out every few months, or when no amount of brushing and vacuuming will be able to remove the stains. Fill up a bucket with clean, warm water or specialist laminate cleaner and soak a flat mop in the liquid. Wring the mop out well and lightly mop the flooring so it is left lightly damp, rather than soaking wet. Avoid puddles by regularly soaking the mop and wringing it out, ensuring it is just-damp throughout.
Top Tips for Cleaning Laminate Flooring
- The best way to clean laminate floors is to use the right equipment. A flat mop, ideally with an attachment so that you can squeeze out all the excess moisture, is best. You want to give your floor an ever so slightly damp wipe, not a complete soak.
- Use an appropriate cleaning product like Cif Express Direct to Floor. Check the label of any product to ensure that it is suitable for your type of floor.
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and try a test patch first.
- Make sure not to use too much water when cleaning the laminate floor.
It’s as simple as that: with these tips, your laminate floor should be dirt-free and gleaming.