Laminate flooring is relatively easy to care for because of its surface-wear layer. This is an invisible coat that rests over the decorative face of the material, protecting it from stains, damage, and liquid penetration. Because of this, most messes can just be wiped up, and regular maintenance consists of caring for that protective surface.
- You should start by sweeping or vacuuming the floor to completely remove any dirt or loose debris. This is something that should be done regularly just to maintain the wear layer.
- Apply an appropriate laminate floor cleanser to a small section of the floor directly. Just a few drops should be enough. If you don’t have specific laminate cleaning agent then dish soap will suffice.
Use very little water when cleaning your floor:
- Dip your mop into a bucket of clean water, and dampen it slightly. You then want to thoroughly wring out the mop so that it is just slightly damp. Too much water can cause damage to the laminate flooring you are trying to clean.
Micro fiber is the key:
- Run the mop over the place where you dropped the cleaning agent, making sure to move with the grain and lay of the material. It will be important to use a good quality, thick micro fiber mop with a removeable pad.
Take it section at a time:
- Once the first section of the floor is complete, rinse the mop in fresh, clean water, and then wring it out until it is only slightly damp again. Then drop a little more cleanser on another section of the floor and continue the process.
Keep the floor dry and pick up any spills immediately:
- As you work make sure that you do not end up with standing water on the floor at any time. If pools of liquid form, wipe them up immediately with a clean cloth or towel.
Avoid the following agents when cleaning a laminate floor:
- Oil soap, ammonia-based cleaners, wood-floor cleaners (they have a streaky residue).