How to Clean Laminate Flooring

People love laminate flooring not only because it can look just like real hardwood, but also because of its durability and ease of maintenance. Laminate is one of the easiest floors to clean and maintain, but there are some things you need to know in order to ensure they last as long as possible.

General Maintenance

Just like any flooring, the regular cleaning you do has a big impact on the life of the floor. Be sure to sweep the floors often. A quick run with the broom once a day is ideal.

Dirt and debris left on the floor often get grinded into the floor’s surface by foot traffic and furniture. This can cause scuffs, scratches and can even wear away the protective finish on the floor, thus damaging its appearance and reducing the life of the floors.

Protective Mats

Place protective mats at outside entrances to trap dirt and other debris from people and pets coming in from outside. Place mats directly inside the door as well. This gives you another chance to trap dirt and moisture. For the inside mats, avoid using ones with rubber or foam backing, because they can trap moisture and leave discolorations on your floors.

You may also place runners in areas where there is high traffic to prevent uneven wear on the floors. With all inside mats, be sure to sweep underneath them often. Dirt and rocks that get trapped under rugs will scratch and chip away at your floors.

Mopping Laminate Floors

Generally speaking, you should only have to do this once a month, but you can do it more or less often as needed. Most times all you will need is a slightly damp mop. You can also buy manufacturer approved cleaners, which are very mild. Never use any harsh cleaners on your laminate floors as this is unnecessary and can cause long term damage.

The most important thing to remember is that the mop or rag you use should only be slightly damp, not wet! Too much moisture will cause long-term damage to your floors. Ring out the mop or rag until it stops dripping before scrubbing your floors. Always clean up spills immediately to prevent moisture from seeping through the cracks of your floors.

Perform these simple maintenance steps and your floors should be around for a long time.

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