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How to Clean Laminate Floors?

How to Clean Laminate Floors?

Knowing how to clean laminate floors is the first step to keeping them beautiful for years to come! Laminate floors are designed to be easy to clean and easy to maintain. We’ve prepared a few tips for you that might come in handy!

Invest in a Microfiber Cloth

Buy yourself a good quality mop with a removable microfiber cloth. Keep a couple extra microfiber cloths handy this way when one gets a little too used you can toss it and you’re onto the next.

DIY Cleaning Solution

A water and vinegar solution is the best solution to clean your laminate. The all natural mixture is safe for your home and family, affordable, and has disinfecting properties. Cleaning with this solution will bring the shine of your floor back, and remove smudges and dirt.
  • Mix 1 cup of white distilled vinegar with 1 gallon of water.
  • Spray onto problem areas or mop entire surface

Professional Cleaning Solution

If you want to use a store bought cleaning solution, be sure to read the product information to make sure it is safe for laminate. Most manufacturers sell specific cleaners as well!

Acetone

Believe it or not Acetone can help with just about anything! Okay, maybe not ANYTHING… but it can remove some common stains like permanent marker or crayons from your flooring easily!

Lastly… here are a few do’s and don’ts to remember when taking care of your laminate flooring:

The DONT’S

  • Use polishes or waxes
  • Sand or vanish the flooring
  • Use a steam cleaner – The moisture could ruin your flooring
  • Use cleaners not made for laminate flooring
  • Clean with abrasives, steel wool, or scouring pads
  • Vacuum without proper wood floor attachments

The DO’S

  • Wipe up spills & excess moisture immediately
  • Put felt pads on the bottom of furniture to avoid scratches
  • Sweep or dry mop regularly to avoid dirt from accumulating and creating micro scratches

We hope you keep these helpful hints in mind on how to clean laminate floors next time you’re tidying up your home! Do you have any more questions? Leave us a comment and we will be glad to help you!

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*This post was updated from 2010 to give you a better reading experience and better tips on cleaning your laminate flooring!

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51 comments

  1. Wow! Thank you! I permanently wanted to write on my blog something like that. Can I take a portion of your post to my blog?

    • Ashley Arndt

      Sure you can! Just please make sure to link back to us so we get the credit for our writing. Our writers on our blog work very hard to create our content. Show them some love by giving credit to us. :]

  2. I might want to know whether it is sheltered to utilize a steam mop, for example, the Shark Steam Mop, on wood cover ground surface. I would just be utilizing the Steam Mop about once per month, however would not have any desire to harm the floor.

    • Ashley Arndt

      You should never use a steam mop on laminate, solid hardwood, or engineered hardwood flooring. The moisture from the steam is too much for the flooring to handle, possibly causing the floor to buckle or warp and voiding your warranty. Don’t take the risk and even use it once!

  3. I have the same issue as many,dull film demonstrates each shoe or foot shaped impression, ,seat mark I have constantly utilized items for lam floors,and vin and water still dull.I have utilized mico mops flushed with water after vin wash no good.Whats too do?

    • Alana Kane

      Hi Monika, thanks for the question! I’m sorry to hear you’re having some issues with your laminate looking shiny. We would recommend using acetone on a small spot and test to see if this takes the film away. If so, continue to use acetone on the flooring where film is present. Hope that helps! – Alana

  4. Much obliged to you for this data. I’ve been considering attempting this and was glad to discover more data on it. For others pondering, I utilize a steam mop on my pergo floors about once every week, at times more and haven’t had any issues with it yet. Been utilizing it for a year now.

    • Alana Kane

      Hi Monika! Thanks for your feedback. I’m glad you haven’t had any issues with a steam mop, but just keep in mind that the heat and steam can cause warping or damage to the planks.

  5. Hello! Would you mind if I share your blog with my twitter group?
    There’s a lot of people that I think would really appreciate your content.
    Please let me know. Thank you

  6. How can I tell if my kitchen flooring is Hardwood or Laminate???

    • Ashley Arndt

      Hi Jim! Thanks for the question! There are a few different ways to test if your floor is hardwood or laminate.
      1. Take a ballpoint pen, and in an inconspicuous area of your floor, press the tip of the pen down into the floor. If a dent is left, your floor is hardwood. If there is no dent, good chances are your floor is laminate.
      2. Determine how the floor is installed. If you see staples or nail holes, the floor is solid hardwood. If you don’t see any, your floor could be a floated engineered hardwood or laminate.
      3. The grain of true hardwood flooring never repeats. Laminate floor designs have gotten very detailed in recent years so they resemble hardwood, but there will still be repeats. Check for unique knots in the floor boards. If you can’t find a match in a different floor board, your floor is probably hardwood.
      If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-520-0961 or use our online chat feature at bestlaminate.com!

  7. I used rejuvenate restorer on my laminate floor. I have dark laminate. Looks terrible. What can I use to get the rejuvenate off my laminate floor. Please help. TY

    • Alana Kane

      Hi Roberta, thanks for the question! We would recommend trying to use acetone to remove the rejuvenate from your laminate. Test a small spot before using on the rest of the flooring. This may be a time consuming process and create a lot of fumes, so prepare to use in a well ventilated area. Hope this helps! – Alana

  8. Can you use the Shark Sonic Duo on laminate floors (it is not the steam machine) with a laminate approved cleaner?

    • Ashley Tolfo

      Hi Patti!
      I believe you can use the Shark Sonic Duo on laminate floors as long as it will not apply steam or any heated moisture onto your floors. I personally use a Swiffer Wet Jet on my floors and I have no problem with warping or water damage. If you are still concerned about it ruining your laminate flooring, try cleaning a small area where it won’t be noticeable and see how it looks! I hope it works out well for you! The Shark Sonic Duo looks like an awesome cleaning appliance!

  9. I have the same problem as many,dull film shows every shoe or foot print ,chair marks(covered w/pads) I have always used products for lam floors,and vin & water still dull.I have used mico mops rinsed with water after vin wash no good.Whats too do?

    • admin

      Linda, I would try to use acetone on a small area. It’s safe to use on laminate flooring and it will not damage it at all (laminate flooring is resistant to chemicals). It is possible that cleaning products created a thin layer sitting on the top of the flooring surface and this may create the “haze” you are referring to. Mopping with water and vinegar should follow. Make sure to have your windows open when using acetone.

  10. Thank you for this information. I’ve been thinking about trying this and was happy to find more info on it. For others wondering, I use a steam mop on my pergo floors about once a week, sometimes more and haven’t had any problems with it yet. Been using it for a year now.

  11. I forgot to ask if it is OK to use a steam cleaning floor machine using the vinegar/water mixture you recommend? Is the temperature of the steam cleaner too hot for laminate flooring? On the demonstrations for these steam cleaners the sellers for three companies show them cleaning laminate and wood floors. Of course, they want to sell their machines, but I would like to know if this is safe from an unbiased view point. Thanks in advance for answering my question; very much appreciated!!!

    • Hi Karen we do not recommend using a steam cleaner due to the fact that you have the possibility of moisture setting in your laminate and that can cause the laminate to swell and buckle. We recommend just using a damp microfiber cloth and warm water and vinegar. Thanks for your question I do hope this helps you. Brittany

  12. This is the first site I’ve looked at that I have been able to print. THANK YOU a million times over for that and all the useful hints. We just had our Pergo flooring installed and are thrilled with the outcome. The installers recommended that we go on the Internet to obtain instructions for cleaning. I appreciated your suggestion for the use of essential oils; LOVE that idea and plan to put that to use immediately. Thank you many times over for your information!!

    • Hi Karen you are so welcome I’m happy you found our site helpful that makes us very happy. Thank you for your appreciation we are always happy to help. Brittany

  13. Please help.. what can I use to clean laminated wood floors. and they look so nice but when they’re dried they look terrible what can I use to stop the streaks

    • Ginger, we recommend to use a water and vinegar mixture or laminate flooring cleaner such as “Alloc Free and Clean” to clean your laminate floors. Do not saturate the floor with too much water. Too much water can possibly cause water damage.. Fred

  14. Hi I have an Alloc commercial flooring that was installed in my hair salon. I am having serious difficulties cleaning it. I have used the free and clear on a dry mop and it still shows every streak. There is no shine to this floor whatsoever and every footprint is shown. Obviously this is a high traffic place and no one ever told me that it would look horrible 100% of the time. Even if it is clean the minute someone steps on it you see everything. I had a Pergo before this that had a high gloss and all I had to do was wipe it with a damp cloth and even at that it barely showed any footprints.This was an insurance replacement and this is the floor that they recommended .Not happy at all. I spend more time trying to clean my floor than cutting hair!

    Chrystine

  15. I am very disappointed with my pergo laminate. It is only a month old. It shows all paw prints, foot prints and
    it does not have a nice shine. I keep it clean with a dust mop. So its not caused by dirt. What can I do?

    • Pat, it depends on what kind of finish you have on your laminate. High gloss or non textured laminate floors will tend to show more foot and paw prints on average than textured or hand-scraped laminates. The only thing that you can do is keep cleaning the floor as usual and maybe put down an area rug or floor mat for the high traffic areas.

  16. I’ve read all your comments and wonder – why if you recommend vinegar / water to clean pergo floors, why ,when I purchased my pergo flooring was told only to use pergo cleaner to clean it with, which I promptly purchased.

    • Fred

      Colette, Vinegar and Water is a good household mixture that is very effective at cleaning laminate flooring. Pergo recommended that you only use their Pergo brand flooring cleaner because they wanted you to buy their product. It will not void your warranty if you use vinegar/water or another brand of flooring cleaner to clean your floor.

  17. I’m a professional house keeper and have found over the years that on laminent flooring (not nessecarily pergo) in rooms with abundant natural light no vinegar mixture or anyother cleaner that I’ve found remove the natural oils from barefeet!!!! I can get them off my hand scrubbing the entire area, but in a high traffic area…that is time consuming and exhausting….is there anyother product that will remove the natual oils from these floors safely?

    • Fred

      Mary-Lynn, we sell Alloc Free and Clean Laminate flooring cleaner on our website http://www.bestlaminate.net. It is probably the best laminate flooring cleaner on the market. Also I use a swiffer on my laminate floor and it seems to work pretty well at removing everything from footprints to dirt and dust.

  18. What if your pergo floor has developed a film over the years? Our kitchen floor is white granite (pergo select). over 8 years it has significantly dulled with a film over it. With a lot of elbow grease, i can make a dent in it spot by spot, but don’t have the time or energy to scrub really hard for the time it would take to clean it thoroughly. sad ot be in this condition, but that’s where I am. Suggestions?

    • Fred

      Rich, I’m not sure what kind of “film” has developed on you flooring but if it does clean off you can try to use acetone on a rag to try to clean off the film. Try the acetone in an inconspicuous are just incase the acetone has adverse effects on your flooring. If the acetone doesnt work then nothing will probably work. If you cannot clean the film off I would give Pergo customer service a call and tell them to send out a warranty claims inspector. Good Luck. Fred

  19. Can the vinegar/water solution be used to clean Alloc laminate floors?
    Thank you in advance for your answer

    • Hi Jan~ You can most definately use the vinegar/water solution on the Alloc floors! It can actually be used on any kind of laminate floors. If you want to get rid of the harsh smell of vinegar, you can add a few drops of essential oils as well! http://100pureessentialoils.com/. Enjoy your floor!

  20. Patricia Hilbrink

    Can Swiffer be used on Pergo floors?

    • Patricia, thank you for your question.

      You can use dry or swiffer on lamnate flooring, however we noticed that wet swiffer has way too much water on it to safely clean laminate flooring. We also noticed that wet swiffer is leaving smages and strikes on the floor surface; so if you are looking for the best cleaning expierience opt for a good quality microfiber mop and water+ vinegar solution. Make sure to use damp mop- do not saturate your flooring with water. Laminate flooring does not like water:)

  21. Hello,
    I would like to know if it is safe to use a steam mop, such as the Shark Steam Mop, on wood laminate flooring. I would only be using the Steam Mop about once a month, but would not want to damage the floor.
    I appreciate any information you can give me on using steam to clean this type flooring.
    Thank you,
    Diana Megginson

    • Decision is yours- you can do it on your risk. Remember all laminate flooring warranties does not cover
      a water damage. Check your warranty if using this kind of equipment is allowed /forbiden by manufacturer and be sure your floor is installed properly- and there is no gapping so stem (water vapors) are not trapped init. The steam penetrates between the joints and expands the wood and may be the reason of “buckiling”.

  22. How can I get orange glow wax off of my pergo floors? Please help!!!!

    • Orange Glow is very hard to remove. The only solution that works is aceton. One of our customers tested and it worked, however you have to be very careful -keep windows open and fix small sections at the time.

    • This is an old question I noticed, but I have personally done this so I wanted to respond for anyone who might also have this problem. This stuff is very hard to remove and should be taken off the shelves. My husband and I bought what was our dream home with gorgeous cherry wood floors. Unbeknownst to us the previous owners had been using OrangeGlo to clean their floors for who knows how long. Not long after we moved in I noticed that the floors looked awful. They were dull and had footprints all over them. Everytime I tried to mop, they still seemed dirty and smudgy. It seemed to get worse every time. So I spent hours and hours researching wood floors and cleaners and how to remove wax buildup. I tried some different things and finally settled on this: I soaked a rags in a solution of warm water and vinegar. I placed the rags on the floor in sections and allowed them to sit for 10-15 minutes. (Don’t worry if you have as much OrangeGlo on your floor as I did, the water will not damage it. Also keep in mind that I did wring the excess water out. ) Then I removed the rags one at a time. The area under the rag should have a whitish haze. At that point you are ready for removal. I found that a plastic putty knife (one with a smooth edge so it doesn’t scratch the floor) was the right tool. Then scrape away. The residue will practically scrape up in sheets. The areas that had the least amount of residue were the hardest to remove. This is a hellatious task especially when you have 2000ish square feet of it as I did. I know it’s not what you want to hear when faced with it, but it can be done. It takes time and perseverance (months in my case). But every little section you can finish is a win. Keep in mind though that it looks terrible in the meantime. The wood underneath it much more beautiful, but not nearly as shiny. Good luck and never use that OrangeGlo crap again!!!

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