Laminate Cleaning Tips

Tuesday November 11, 2008
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While laminate flooring was designed for minimal care, it still requires a thorough cleaning every now and then. If you want your laminate floors to last, it's important that you: (1) clean them in the right way, and (2) take preventative measures against damage. Even durable laminate floors, such as high-pressure laminate (HPL), can still be damaged by standing water and extreme changes in humidity.

More often than not, all your laminate floors need is a light sweeping. Routine sweeping can help keep dirt and debris off your floors and out of your indoor air. If the dirt has managed to coat the floors and sweeping isn't enough, you have two options: damp mopping with water, vinegar and a well-wrung mop, or cleaning (by hand) with a cloth moistened with a manufacturer-recommended cleaning solution.

A cleaner specific to your laminate floor type will be able to remove any sticky substances and restore the finish to the laminate. Whichever method you choose, make sure that excess water is sopped up immediately and the floors are able to dry quickly.

Since laminate floors cannot be exposed to large amounts of humidity or water, steam cleaning is a big NO. While some may recommend steam cleaners as the best method of cleaning floor surfaces such as tile and carpet, it will certainly damage your laminate floors. If you come across any stubborn stains that a damp mop and vinegar can't remove, try applying acetone or alcohol to the stain and scrubbing with a soft-bristled brush. Alcohol and acetone can be used to effectively remove cigarette burns, asphalt, paint and crayon.

Even though laminate hardwood looks like real wood - it's NOT! Laminate cannot be sanded, refinished or waxed. The top of laminate of is only a veneer, or picture, of wood. Sanding will only result in scratching the veneer and ruining your laminate floors for good.

As with most floor types, avoid using abrasive cleaning products. Chemical-based cleaners have a tendency to damage laminate flooring. Also, keep your floors away from harsh scouring pads and steel wool. Over time, these will wear down the top layer of your laminate floors and leave behind permanent scratches.

 

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I figured that a wet wash would be bad for laminate. It's not real wood, so it can't be cleaned the same way. What about a wet swiffer, though? That's about the same as rubbing it down with a wet wipe.
March 10 2015
Cleaning Laminate with Bona
We recommend cleaning laminate flooring with the manufacturer specified cleaner. If you have Mohawk laminate you would use Mohawk Care Essentials. If you don't know the brand of laminate flooring or you don't know the laminate floor cleaner they recommend, try Bona Hardwood Floor Mop with the laminate floor cleaning solution. The Bona cleaner is great and we get a lot of laminate floor owners telling us how much better it worked over other brands.
August 18 2009
Mrs.
Can you use Swiffer wet on your laminate floors?
August 17 2009
I have laminate floors with loads of wax build-up...mop and glow,ect. How can I remove this from my floors?
August 10 2009
Mrs
I bought a house. It has wood laminated floor and tile laminated floor. What is the best way to clean my floor? Thank you.
July 24 2009
N/A
My grandson spilled almost a whole bottle of baby oil on my alminated floor. How do I clean it up!
July 18 2009
I used Murphy Oil Soap to clean laminate wood floor...is this a product I can use? If not, please advise the consequences in using it. Thank you so much your feedback is greatly appreciuated.
January 13 2009
We have laminated flooring. By mistake, we put some kind of liquid wax on the flooring. The Wax hardened and has left the floor stained with hardened wax. I can scrape the wax off with my fingernail. Is there a solution on the market that can be put on the flooring that will soften or loosen this wax so that it can be removed without need for abrasive techniques? Thank you
January 12 2009
I also put the wrong product on my laminate floor and now it has wax buildup and spotting. Help!
January 8 2009
We have laminated flooring. By mistake, we put some kind of liquid wax on the flooring. The Wax hardened and has left the floor stained with hardened wax. I can scrape the wax off with my fingernail. Is there a solution on the market that can be put on the flooring that will soften or loosen this wax so that it can be removed without need for abrasive techniques? Thank you
January 7 2009
I have some laminate flooring in my home and recently moved my christmas tree only to find that a white circle was permanently left on my floor from water standing . Is there any way to remove this?????thanks,,,tb
January 2 2009
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