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If laminate floors are not cleaned regularly, they can easily become scratched or warped. You do need to be careful though, as harsh cleansers can damage the laminate.
General cleaning with a dry mop should be done on a regular basis, however, there are times when your laminate flooring might need some extra TLC.
Here are some of the best ways to clean your laminate flooring:
Sweep the floor regularly
If your laminate floor just needs a quick clean, then running a dry dust mop across the surface should do the job. Do this every few days to keep your floor looking spick and span! More tips on sweeping your laminate floor:
- Laminate flooring is scratch resistant, but excess dirt, hair, and other debris can cause scratches to develop if you let them build up over time.
- If you don’t have a dry dust mop, a hoover with a soft brush attachment will work just as well.
- Don’t use a standard floor brush as the bristles are hard and can damage the floor.
- If you sweep in the direction the laminate flooring was laid, you’ll remove all debris from the cracks in the floor too.
Wipe up spills straight away
If you spill anything on your laminate floor, it’s important you clean it up straight away.
- Don’t allow any kind of liquid, not even water, to stay on the floor for long periods of time. Liquid can damage the protective wear layer of the laminate.
- First, soak up excess liquid with a dry cloth. You can then use a damp sponge to spot clean the spill and remove any residue left over. Simply dab the area dry with a soft cloth and you’re done.
Using hot water
Hot water is an effective cleaner of laminate flooring, but much milder than most cleaning products. The water doesn’t need to be boiling hot, but a nice temperature to give your floor a good clean. Use hot water on your floor once at least every few months, or if an area of your laminate flooring has gotten quite dirty.
- Use a mop with the hot water but make sure it’s wrung out before applying it to your floor.
- Once you’ve mopped the floor, you can either wipe it dry with a microfiber cloth or leave it to dry naturally, providing it’s only slightly damp.
You can use a solution of vinegar and water if your floor has any stubborn stains or if it’s become faded and dull.
- Vinegar can be damaging in it’s purest form, so make sure you dilute it with water before use.
- Put the solution in a spray bottle and only spray it on a bit at a time for the best effect. Once you’ve sprayed a bit, wipe the same bit up. You should never spray the whole floor at once as you won’t be able to wipe the solution up quick enough!
- Dry the laminate with a microfiber cloth.
The main thing to remember when caring for laminate flooring is to never leave it wet for a prolonged amount of time.
With thanks to James Walsh, DIY blogger, on behalf of www.idealcleaning.co.uk for this interesting post.