Laminate flooring is among the easiest of floors to clean. Laminates are built to stand up to wear and abrasion. All you really need for everyday cleaning of laminate flooring is a vacuum cleaner, a dry mop, and a damp towel for difficult spills. You can keep laminate flooring looking new if you follow these simple steps while cleaning and maintaining them:
- Use a vacuum cleaner with the option to turn off the beater-bar or a vacuum with a soft flooring attachment, a broom or a slightly damp cloth or mop to remove dirt, grit and debris.
- Add glides or cushion protectors under chairs and table legs to prevent possible scratching.
- Put floor mats and foot brushes at all outside doorway entrances to keep away dirt.
- Slightly Damp mop using warm water for a better evaporation rate.
- While damp mopping, avoid any standing fluids on the floor – including your pet's water bowl. Do not saturate the floor and wipe up spills immediately.
- Do not use floor polish or wax products. This leaves a film on the floor and causes it to attract more dirt and leave streaks and footprints.
- Avoid soap-based cleaners, scouring powder, citrus oil products and steel wool as they affect the floor's dÉcor layer and damage the finish.
Cleaning spots on laminate flooring can be a bit tricky. Here are some tips on spot cleaning:
- To remove oil, paint, permanent marker, tar and rubber heel marks, use a neutral cleaner on a clean light colored cloth. Alcohol or a nail polish remover containing acetone can also be used.
- To remove blood, juice, wine, beer, soda pop and pasta sauce stains; warm water can be used. If needed use a neutral cleaner with a light colored cloth.
- To remove candle wax or chewing gum, first harden with ice and then scrape very gently. Wipe the rest with warm water and a clean cloth.