If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to wood flooring, then laminate flooring is a great choice. Recent laminate designs have integrated the grace and beauty of hardwood flooring with a design and material that is easier to maintain, less stressful to clean, and more durable to wear and debris. Laminate flooring lasts for a long time, and its resiliency and ease are a few of the reasons why flooring enthusiasts recommend the material to home renovators. Cleaning laminate flooring is similar to cleaning hardwood, but with a little more leeway. There are a few different ways to effectively clean laminate flooring; its care is versatile, as is the material. You will need a few different tools and products to continually care for your laminate flooring, but it will be well worth it in the end, especially once you get a good system down for constant care. Maintaining the flooring in your home is an important part of retaining value in your house, especially if you plan on selling it any time soon. Overall, it is in your best interest to protect your investment and put forth the effort to keep your floors looking like new.
Do dry mopping first
Firstly, you should make sure you know what cleaning laminate floors entails; there are specific dos and don’ts of cleaning this material that are good guidelines to abide by before you start mopping with soap and water. Much like hardwood flooring, laminate flooring collects dust, dirt, and debris that is tracked through your home daily. Even if your floors appear to be clean, fine dirt particles collect in corners and grind their way into the grooves and cracks of the flooring. It is important to first understand how the material tends to gather dirt in order to find the most adequate cleaning process. The most important thing to do before you start using any type of moisture to clean the flooring is to first dry mop. Dry mopping with a microfiber cloth is the best way to attract the dirt particles that don’t seem visible to the naked eye. You will be surprised at how much dirt and dust is hiding on your floors.
Avoid steam cleaning & don’t use harsh chemicals
Dry mopping is the first step in cleaning your laminate flooring to rid the floor of any particles that you may spread around with a wet mop. When you apply moisture to any dirt or dust, it turns into a sandpaper-like, gritty, wet material that not only further dirties your floor, also spreads the particles around the flooring causing it to dull and corrode with each motion. After dry mopping, you can use one of your favorite laminate-safe cleaning products in combination with a microfiber, slightly damp mop. Avoid steam cleaning or using harsh chemicals including soap-based products to clean your laminate. Tougher gatherings of paint or clumps of tar can be problematic on any flooring, and the best way to get rid of them is either freezing the localized spot with an ice cube then gently scraping it off, or sometimes you may be able to use acetone nail polish remover on a Q-tip.
Consult with an expert
In order to keep your laminate looking great year-round and for decades, you can make sure that you take a few steps to protect the flooring from deeper scratches or more significant damage other than daily wear. Placing area rugs in locations of high traffic will help reduce the wear of constant foot traffic. Be sure to find appropriate rug gripping material that will not damage the flooring, but keep the rug from sliding around. Keeping furniture pads under large or heavy pieces of furniture is a good way to keep them from moving around and avoid the weight of other objects (for instance on a couch) deepen any scratches or cause areas of significant wear. Remember, if your flooring does become scratched, there are ways to repair it with products that are available to the average consumer. You may want to consult an expert in flooring who can provide you with cleaning products that are especially safe for laminate flooring, and can give you additional information on how to best preserve the integrity and beauty of your laminate flooring.