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How to Clean Laminate Flooring

With the advances in laminate flooring resulting in an exceptionally hygienic, durable and affordable alternative to hardwood, there is little surprise that it has become an increasingly popular flooring choice in recent years. Laminate flooring is also easy to maintain and keep clean – especially if you’ve got the right tips and tricks. Here at Discount Flooring Depot, we’ve created a guide to how to clean laminate flooring, including all you need to know about laminate floor care to ensure it remains a stunning feature in your home for years to come.

Standard Cleaning

Regular Brushing

First things first; ensure your laminate flooring is well swept and dusted. Laminate flooring is scratch resistant, but any build up of hair, dirt, or any other debris can cause scratches to develop if they’re allowed to build up or are ground into the floor by shoes and feet.

Simply sweep a dry microfibre mop across the floor every few days to gather up any debris and dirt, making sure to sweep in the direction the floor was laid in order to scoop up any dust and grime within the grooves. Avoid using a standard floor brush to do this, as the stiff bristles could cause accidental damage and scratches to your floor.

Cleaning Products

When it comes to how to clean laminate flooring after you’ve swept up, there are only a couple of tools and cleaning products you need to have to hand:

  • A laminate floor mop
  • Laminate floor cleaner

Whenever you need to give your laminate a clean down, simply use a damp laminate floor mop and some laminate flooring cleaner to wipe away everyday dirt and grime build up. However, always check before using which cleaning products are suitable for your laminate.

Remember: Never soak your floor or use products not appropriate for laminate as, if liquid soaks through into the laminate or underlayers, it can cause warping and damage. Any liquid left on the floor can also stain the surface of the floor and damage the protective layer of your laminate. Always use a damp laminate floor mop that doesn’t allow water to pool.

Cleaning Spills & Stains

Spills

Spills inevitably happen day-to-day. The important thing is to deal with them immediately and not allow any liquid to sit on the floor for a prolonged period of time, in order to prevent staining and warping your laminate. Soak up any excess liquid with a dry cloth, then dampen the cloth or sponge before spot cleaning your spillage. After you’ve finished, dry the floor with a dry cloth or towel.

Stains & Marks

When it comes to tackling stains on your laminate flooring, there are a few handy tricks to try. We’ve listed some of the most common occurrences and how to safely and effectively clean them without damaging your floor.

Hard wax and chewing gum

Using a plastic knife (never a metal knife), gently scrape underneath the gum or wax. Once you’ve removed the worst of it, gently remove any residue with a warm, slightly damp cloth.

Nail varnish and shoe polish

If you’ve got a pesky polish stain or a bit of nail varnish on your laminate you can remove it with acetone nail polish remover. Add a little remover to a microfibre cloth and gently wipe until it lifts. Afterwards, wipe the solution away with a fresh, lightly damp cloth before drying.

Red wine, built-in dirt and grime

A natural, vinegar-based cleaning solution works wonders for dark stains like these that leave your floor looking dull and dirty, especially on lighter coloured white laminate or grey laminate. Add a quarter of a cup of vinegar in a litre spray bottle filled with hot water and a squirt of washing up liquid. A quick spray and wipe will clean your floor and leave it gleaming – just don’t leave it for too long, as you can wear away the protective coating on top of your floor.

Shoe scuffs

Using a simple eraser does the trick with light scuff stains and heel marks. Gently rub these marks with a standard clean eraser until they're removed, then wipe the area with a slightly damp cloth.

Remember: Never scrub your floor with a wire brush or a brillo pad. You may get rid of the mess or your stain, but you’ll leave unsightly scratches behind. Wipe stains gently but firmly with a soft cloth or cleaning pad.

Laminate Floor Maintenance

Once you know how to clean laminate flooring, all that’s left to know is how to maintain it’s appearance. We’ve got some tips to laminate floor care that will ensure yours is kept always looking its best:

Tips & Tricks

  • Ensure you always lift furniture, rather than drag it across the laminate, as this may cause deep gouging.
  • Consider using mats or floor protectors under furniture to prevent indents and scratches, particularly in areas such as dining rooms and kitchens where chairs are regularly pulled out.
  • Simply placing an entry mat at your front door can be effective in collecting dirt and preventing it from being carried into your home and onto your flooring.
  • If your laminate is looking dull, laminate floor polish can help bring it back to its former glory.

Laminate floor care is simple once you know how. Follow our tips and tricks on how to clean laminate flooring, remove stains and prevent damage and you can ensure your laminate floors always remain in the best possible condition.

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