Cleaning Laminate Floors

Laminate floors are very durable flooring. But like any floor, it requires care to maintain its beauty cleaning laminate floors is important. Here is some advice to keep your laminate floors looking their very best:

  • Sweeping and Mopping: Dust and dirt seriously dulls the appearance of laminate’s surface because they act as an abrasive.This fact of life can be avoided by regular sweeping, dust mopping or vacuuming to remove loose dirt and grime. Either a broom or a vacuum cleaner without a beater bar will do the trick. Vacuum cleaner attachments are useful to capture dust and dirt between planks or along edges.
  • An occasional damp mopping is also recommended. Be careful as you do this because laminate flooring can expand when it comes in contact with excessive water. So after a damp mopping, use a clean cloth to wipe the floor dry.

And, placing doormats at each one of your entryways is always a good idea. That way you collect excessive moisture and dirt before they enter your home.

In addition to cleaning laminate flooring information, here is some more helpful information to remember:

    • Use glides or floor protectors on the bottom of furniture will prevent scratching or abrasion.
    • Do not use soap-based detergents or “mop-and-shine” products.
    • Lift heavy furniture instead of dragging or pulling it to avoid scratching and abrasion.
    • Do not use abrasive cleaners, steel wool or scouring powder.
    • Use carpet fragments face down under heavy objects when moving them across a laminate floor.

Do not flood your floor with water or cleaner.

  • Always use the manufacturer’s recommended products when spot cleaning and occasional complete cleaning.
  • Do not refinish or sand your laminate floor.

This information is from the Consumer Flooring Guide by the World Floor Covering Association

Dave Altman