Your family runs, jumps, slides, glides, and plays on your flooring day in and day out. It takes a beating. To keep it looking new and fresh in your home for years to come, you need to know how to clean laminate flooring like a pro.
Although household chores are not always the most fun, they are essential. To help you keep your laminate floors looking great for years to come, here are a few cleaning tips:
1. Dry Sweep Regularly
Dirt, dust and pet hair are strewn across your floor every day. Laminate floors are incredibly durable, but they require care to stay looking their best. If debris, excessive amounts of dirt and hair, or dirt builds up over an extended period of time your floor could get scratched or damaged. With a dry dust mop or shop vacuum, you can quickly remove excessive hair and dirt without damaging your floors.
2. Do A Hot Water Wash
Hot water is considered one of the best ways to clean laminate flooring. Although the water should not be boiling hot, it should be warmer than room temperature. Hot water will not cause your floor to streak, and it will not damage the protective coating on the laminate surface. Do this every few months to keep your floors looking their best. When you’re done washing, dry the floor completely using a cloth or microfiber towel.
3. Add A Mild Soap To Your Hot Water
If your floors are especially dirty, you might want to add soap to your hot water cleaning regimen. Mild soaps, such as baby shampoo or mild detergent work best. You don’t need a lot of it. Stir in 2 tablespoons into a bucket of hot water. Then, use a terry cloth mop to brush over the surface of the floor. When you’re finished, dry the floors using a dry cloth.
4. Use Vinegar And Water
One of the more traditional cleaning methods includes vinegar and water. Pour a quarter cup of vinegar into a 30 ounce spray bottle and fill with water. This water does not have to be a specific temperature. Shake the bottle vigorously to combine the vinegar and water and then spray it onto your floors. You should only spray a small amount at a time so that you don’t leave excess moisture lingering on the surface of the laminate floor. Wipe the solution with a damp cloth. When finished, dry any excess moisture off the surface with a dry cloth.
5. Wipe Away Tough Stains
Some stains might be tougher than others to clean. The majority of stains, such as soda, wine or ink, can be cleaned with a damp microfiber cloth. Harder stains, such as from nail or shoe polish can be cleaned with acetone nail polish remover. Scuff marks can be erased with a pencil eraser. Grease and chewing gum can be removed by freezing it with a bag of ice, and then scraping it off with a plastic knife.
When it comes to keeping your laminate floors clean, it is important to use the appropriate cleaning methods. With these tips your floors will stay looking brand new for years to come!
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