Laminate Flooring Cleaning and Maintenance Guide
If you have laminate flooring or plan on investing in it, you will find that it is relatively easy to care for. It’s a popular choice of a building supply for home construction and remodeling.
Why laminate flooring? It has a lot to offer: both bold and subtle color variations, authentic texture, distinctive grain, etc. It manages to capture the beauty of natural wood, stone, or even ceramic, and it’s available for only a fraction of the price.
To ensure that your laminate floor lasts for as long as possible, here are a few tips on how to properly care for it:
- Whatever you do, DO NOT use string mops, as they will leave streaky marks across the floor. They also use a lot of water, and excess moisture will sink down into the cracks.
- If stubborn stains such as paint, markers, oil, etc. ever end up on the floor, you can carefully remove them with an acetone-based nail polish remover. You can actually use a pencil eraser to remove scuff marks. Rubbing alcohol can be used to remove shoe polish, ink, and crayon markings. If candle wax drips onto the floor, let it harden, and then take a plastic knife and carefully scrape it off. A plastic knife can also be used to scrape off hardened chewing gum after it is frozen with a plastic bag filled with ice.
- If the laminate floor is new, follow the manufacturer’s care instructions precisely. If you’ve just bought or inherited a home with laminate flooring, you can begin by sweeping, dusting, or even vacuuming to loosen up dirt. Light, damp mopping is all right just as long as you don’t use string mops.
- To get rid of tar and grease, you can use white or mineral spirits. You might want to begin with a damp paper towel. Gently pat at the excess grease and try to soak as much of it up as possible. Any grease that remains can be removed by a cloth with the mineral/white spirit solution.
- Whenever you need to sweep away dirt or crumbs, use a very soft broom or a vacuum with soft brush settings. Be as gentle as possible with sweeping/vacuuming the laminate flooring. Harsh bristles can actually scratch the floor and leave unsightly marks over a period of time.
- When cleaning the floor with a damp micro-fiber mop, work on small squares, one at a time. Never leave moisture – even a small amount – on the surface of a laminate floor for too long. This is why it’s best to work on small, specific areas and drying as you go rather than making long streaks.
- If the floor doesn’t completely dry, you can quickly soak up moisture with a dry mop. Make sure that you clean and dry in a single direction.
- If there is laminate flooring in high traffic areas, you must take preventive measures to avoid wearing and tearing. You can simply put down furniture pads, rugs, and carpet runners to protect the floor.
Laminate flooring is great to have in any home. However, it’s important that you take good care of it if you want it to last for its full lifetime.