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  • Writer's pictureSpencer Keife

How to Clean Laminate Floor

Different types of flooring usually require different types of cleaning. While in a majority of cases you can use a broom, microfiber dust mop, and a wet mop, some types of flooring require special care to ensure they last the longest. Cleaning your floor will also depend on its overall durability to determine how aggressive you can get with it should problem cleaning areas arise that require a bit more elbow grease.

Tile floors are usually the most durable when it comes to cleaning and can take a bit more of a beating with traffic, wear and tear, items falling on it etc. Wood floors can vary on delicacy depending on the type of wood, whether it is water tight, its durability rating, and other factors. Typically engineered flooring such as vinyl plank, LVP(luxury vinyl plank), laminate, and engineered hardwood flooring are the most durable as the are constructed to withstand the most wear and tear.

There are certain commercial cleaners available as well that are specifically designed for whatever flooring type you may have. Most of which are usually carried at your local hardware store.

While there are many variable to consider, usually a broom and mop will do the trick just fine.

Here are some important tips when it comes to cleaning laminate floors:

  • Do not use steam cleaners or wet mops, which may cause irreparable damage to your floor.

  • Use a damp cloth to blot up spills as soon as they happen. Never allow liquids to stand on your floor.

  • For tough spots, such as oil, paint, markers, lipstick, ink or tar, use acetone/nail polish remover on a clean white cloth. Then wipe the area with a damp cloth to remove any remaining residue.

  • Sweep, dust, or vacuum the floor regularly with the hard floor attachment (not the beater bar) to prevent accumulation of dirt and grit that can scratch or dull the floor finish.

  • Periodically clean the floor with cleaning products made specifically for laminate floor care.

  • Do not wash or wet mop the floor with soap, water, oil-soap detergent or any other liquid cleaning product. This could cause swelling, warping, delamination, and joint-line separation, and void the warranty.

  • Avoid using steel wool, abrasive cleaners, or strong ammoniated or chlorinated type cleaners.

  • Do not use any type of buffing or polishing machine on your laminate floors.

  • For spots such as candle wax or chewing gum, harden the spot with ice and then gently scrape with a plastic scraper, such as a credit card. Be careful not to scratch the flooring surface. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.

  • A more frequent dust-mopping or vacuuming schedule may be required in very sandy areas such as a beachside home.

It is important to note that all flooring types and manufactures have a recommended way for them to be cleaned. Always consult the manufacture recommendations when it comes to cleaning your floors. If you have any questions or would like more information about the care of your new floors and you are in the Reno/Sparks Nevada area, please call Paramount Craftsman Services today!


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