How to Clean Laminate Floors
Laminate floors may look like wood, tile or stone. However, you can’t just treat them like other floors. Cleaning laminate floors requires a focused approach and less water than you might think.
This guide will teach you how to clean laminate floors. It will also cover removing stains and protecting your floors so they’ll look great longer.
1. Establish Weekly Cleaning Habits
Sticking to a steady routine is the best way to clean laminate floors.
- Sweep regularly with a soft-bristle broom to collect pet hair and dust. An angle broom will be more helpful to get into corners and along baseboards.
- Vacuum weekly. Use a soft-brush attachment to avoid scratching the flooring.
- Use the hard floor setting on the vacuum cleaner. This stops the beater brush from rotating so it won’t scratch the floor.
Tip: Where you live can affect how often you should be cleaning laminate floors. For example, if your house is near the beach, you might constantly track in sand. In that case, you’d need to vacuum more than once a week.
2. Deep Clean Occasionally
As you figure out how to clean laminate floors, use water on them sparingly. Standing water can cause the floor to bubble or swell. It can also separate the seams or fade the floor’s color.
- The best way to clean laminate floors is to use products made especially for them. If you don’t have laminate floor cleaner, you can use a teaspoon of unscented clear dish soap in a gallon of water. A teaspoon of baby shampoo in a gallon of water will also work. Be careful not to soak the floors.
- Use a damp mop on your floors every two to three months. Do not saturate the mop. Instead, wring out the mop until it is almost dry, then wipe over floors.
- You can also use a laminate floor mop. Made of microfiber or other highly absorbent materials, these mops are designed to work without excess liquid.
- After mopping, go over floors with a dry microfiber cloth or a dry mop to make sure there’s no water left on the floor.
- For deeper cleaning, you can use a steam mop very sparingly on laminate floors. Be sure to dry the floor immediately after steam cleaning. Use a clean, dry microfiber towel or mop.
- Avoid oil-based cleaners and products designed for cleaning wood floors, cabinets and furniture. They can leave streaks that are impossible to remove.
- Don’t ever wax or polish your laminate floors.
3. Spot Treat Stains
- Blot spills with a microfiber towel as soon as they happen.
- If wax or gum falls on your floor, freeze it with an ice pack. Then, carefully scrape up the frozen wax or gum with a plastic scraper or plastic knife. Wipe the area with a lightly dampened microfiber cloth to pick up any residue.
- Oily spots or color stains, like marker, lipstick or ink, can be treated with acetone or nail polish remover. Place a small amount of the liquid on a clean cloth and wipe up the stain. Follow with a lightly dampened microfiber cloth to pick up anything that’s left. Be sure the area is dry to the touch when you finish.