Dos & Don'ts For Cleaning Laminate Floors

Cleaning laminate floors couldn't be easier! Preserve the luster, eye appeal and your investment by following these easy cleaning steps...

Laminate is well-known as the "no worry" flooring material but that doesn't mean "no care".

If you stick to this guideline for cleaning laminate floors, you will keep your floor looking well-tended and like new for many years.

Purchasing any type of flooring material is a big investment. It doesn't hurt to know ahead of time how involved the upkeep is as it may be the deciding factor.

And if you already have laminate floors in your home, it doesn't hurt to know if you are giving them the best possible care when it comes to cleaning laminate floors.

Laminate floors are extremely durable, very resilient and do not fade. The average life span for this type of flooring is 15-25 years; it all depends on the care it has received along the way.

First and foremost, you should always follow the advice and recommendations of the manufacturer, especially if there is a guarantee with the flooring material.

Prevention Tips

  • Place soft-backed rugs or doormats at entryways to help keep the dirt and grit from coming inside. Dirt and grit are abrasive and can scratch or be ground into the flooring.
  • Area carpets are good in high traffic spots like a hallway, too, and reduces normal wear and tear to the flooring
  • Wipe up spills ASAP. Although laminate is resistant to water and stains, if left unattended it can be affected by them.
  • Putting floor guards on the bottom of furniture will prevent scratching the floor.
  • Never drag heavy objects or furniture across a laminate floor that isn't outfitted with floor guards/glides. Either lift it or place a non-abrasive material under it, a blanket or towel works well for this. For really large, heavy items you may need your friends.

Cleaning Is So Easy

1. Sweep often with a clean, soft-bristled broom (used only for indoors) to keep the dirt and grit off the floor.

2. Use the vacuum wand or hose for the edges and corners where dirt likes to collect.

3. Use a dry mop, not a regular sponge mop, or a dry towel for "mopping" your floor.

4. Always use the product recommended by your manufacturer if your flooring material comes with a guarantee.

If there is no guarantee involved, you can choose any laminate cleaner brand you want, like Wilsonart, as long as it doesn't have any soap based or oil based ingredients in the product.

What You NEVER Want To Do

  • Use any wax, polish or furniture polish on laminate floors. The end result would be like an ice rink.
  • Use any kind of abrasive, or remotely abrasive, cleaners when cleaning laminate floors. These types of products will definitely damage the floor.
  • Saturate the floor with water or cleaner or leave any standing water on the floor.
  • Use any soap-based or oil-based cleaners.
  • Use a "wet" mop.
  • Try sanding or refinishing laminate flooring.

If you are not familiar with a "dry" mop, this is the best description I can come up with; more than likely it will be shaped like a dust mop, with a removable, washable cover made of terry cloth.

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