If you have laminate flooring in your house, it is important that you understand how to clean laminate flooring correctly.
Laminate flooring is a cheaper alternative to hardwood flooring, and they are attractive and reasonably hardwearing. This type of flooring can be laid over most surfaces and as the boards just clip together just about anyone can lay them themselves.
But (and there is a but) although laminate floors are relatively easy to clean, over mopping these floors can cause the boards to warp and buckle.
If you are cleaning a room with laminate flooring, make cleaning the floor your last chore.
If you are dusting or cleaning counters you are probably going to knock small dust particles and other debris onto the floor as you work, so if you don’t want to clean the floor twice it pays to leave them until you have done everything else.
Cleaning Laminate Flooring – Step by Step Instructions
Get out your trusty soft-bristled broom and thoroughly sweep your laminate flooring.
I have a long-handled dustpan that I use to collect all of the dust and debris after sweeping, it saves me from having to get down on my hands and knees. Although to be honest it is the getting back up that presents the real problem these days!
Your broom will remove all of the larger particles and stir up the ones that are too small to be collected by the broom. So it pays to run over your laminate flooring with a dry cloth sweeper as well (similar to the one in the photo above).
Now you are ready to spot clean the floor.
The easiest way to clean your laminate flooring is to mix up your cleaning solution and some water in a spray bottle.
Read the instructions on your bottle of cleaner to make sure that you get the concentration right, too much cleaner and it will difficult to remove from the floor, not enough and your solution will not be as effective in removing the marks on your floor.
I recommend that you clean your floor in small sections, trying to do the whole floor at once will only make the job harder.
Lightly spray the solution directly onto the floor. Do so sparingly though, you do not want to saturate the floor, you just need a light covering.
Now you can either use a damp towel (you will need to get down to floor level again – ouch!) or a microfibre wet sweeper or wet and dry Swish Mop to wipe the cleaning solution over the floor.
Providing you haven’t overdone it with the spray bottle, your floor (or the section that you are working on) should be as good as new. But if the floor is still wet you can go over it with a dry clean towel to remove any excess liquids.