Wood Laminate Floor Cleaning

Among the top benefits of having laminate floors is that they keep their showy appearance for a long time, without a lot of maintenance. Proper wood laminate floor maintenance will prevent damage, extend its life, and maintain that like new appearance for a long time.

If you enjoy going barefoot or even if you don't, kick your shoes off at the door. Why remove your shoes? If you have a rough board that needs smoothing you grab a sheet of sandpaper for the job. Guess what's on the bottom of your shoes? Sand and dirt grind away at the fibers in your flooring causing it an early death.

Small wonder why your floor stubbornly refuses to come clean. Do wear slippers or socks inside. The oil from the bottom of your bare feet also dirties your floors.

Before you mop, take time to vacuum or dust hard wood floors.

A good mixture is a quarter cup of vinegar in a 30 ounce spray bottle, that works well using a mop. Mix a water and vinegar solution, then spray a small portion of the laminate flooring, instantly mopping it afterward. This is effective for cleaning and letting the flooring dry rapidly without streaking.

In the event that you use vegetable oil on your flooring, add a cup of vinegar for every gallon of water in the solution. Make several passes across the floor to get rid of any deposits. Use warm water to rinse and let them dry. Using cleansers that contain vegetable oils sometimes leaves a deposit on wood flooring that eventually ruins the sealant.

Store-bought Cleaners that are made specifically for Laminate floors are available at your local store. While these work well there seems to be no greater overall improvement than the home made mixture listed above.

Laminated Floor Caution: the manufacturers of some laminated wood floors now recommend cleaning them with ammonia. We prefer only vinegar and water. Ammonia is used to strip the wax off floors. It may do the same to the sealant on most laminated floors.

Self-wringing mops can leave excess water on the floor, which works between the boards warping the edges. Then sanding and refinishing becomes necessary. Water also contains alkaline, the culprit behind water spot damage on glass shower doors. It leaves damaging water spots on your wood floors. Vinegar neutralizes the alkaline helping to eliminate the problem.

You do not need to use liquid when you use a microfiber pad.

Whenever you mop, use the hottest water and be sure to completely wring out the mop so the floor can dry more quickly.

It is possible to clean wood laminate floor with the wand attachment of your vacuum cleaner. (Don't try to use something else or it will scar the laminate if the vacuum equipment has sand or dirt in it.)

Do NOT wax or polish your floor.

Some more ideas for maintaining the condition of your laminate flooring include:

  • Try to blot up any spills on your laminate floors as soon as they happen. Never allow liquids to stand on your floor.
  • Do not wash or wet mop the floor - the less water you apply to the floor the better, this can prevent swelling or warping.
  • When you have stains from wax or gum, use ice to stiffen the smudge and then lightly scrape it off using something similar to a credit card. Take precautions to avoid scratching your laminate flooring. You can wipe it clean using a damp cloth.
  • Clip your pets claws regularly to prevent needless scratch marks.
  • Place protective pads under tables and chairs. A mat under furniture with coasters is a good idea as well.

For laminate flooring that is scarred, you might purchase a touch up product from the floor's maker.

You can engage the services of an expert to replace any 'boards' that aren't able to be cleaned up to your standards.


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