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How to clean laminate flooring

Posted: 22nd August 2019

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So you’ve made the step to change your floor to a clean and crisp laminate flooring option. However, buying and fitting your laminate floor is not the end of the road unfortunately. Caring for and maintaining your floor should be a priority in order to get the most out of your product.

That’s why we’ve prepared these tips on how to clean laminate flooring in your home. There are plenty of things you can do to ensure your floor stays in top condition, looking as new as the day you bought it. Laminate flooring is generally easy to keep, so long as it’s not subjected to too much abuse.

How to clean laminate flooring

When cleaning laminate flooring there are a number of things that should be taken into consideration. Generally your laminate floors will not be waterproof so any spills should be cleaned up quickly, with little more than a damp cloth. Using a wet mop can soak the material, and can lead to moisture reacting with the material, which may lead it to warp and go out of shape.

As well as that, it’s important to be careful when brushing the flooring, as it can suffer abrasion from the use of harsh material. Brushing with a soft-bristled broom should help keep dirt off without damaging the surface.

You should take care not to pull or drag heavy furniture across your laminate floor, as this is likely to leave a score or scratch, taking away the shiny finish of your floor.

Maintaining your laminate floor

Naturally over time your floor will begin to lose lose its original shine. However, there are steps you can take to bring the shine back to your floor.

Vacuuming or sweeping away any surface dust and dirt. Larger pieces of dirt, rocks and stones etc should be lifted with care so as not to add any further scoring or scratching. After the dust and debris is removed, use a cloth-strip mop to mop the floor. There is no need to introduce a raft of special cleaning products as these could cause the floor’s colour to go off.

If cleaning and mopping do not seem to do the trick, chances are the floor is coated with residue. Residue can build up over time from repeated cleaning of your laminate floor and is a little tougher to combat. To remove residue without causing further damage, add a touch of vinegar to a cloth and wipe a small part of the floor until it removes the residue, and then repeat from there.

A tougher clean

If something just a little more than your average clean is what you need, using a well-wrung microfibre mop or floor cloth with specialist cleaning fluid can provide you with a more intense clean, but it’s important to ensure the mop is not really wet.

It is not recommended that floors with V grooves or bevelled edges are ever cleaned with a damp cloth or mop as the grooves associate with these types of floors are likely to accumulate misture as well as more dirt.

From time to time harder to clean substances like candle wax or chewing gum can stick to your laminate floor laminate. In that case use ice to harden it and then scrape off with a plastic scraper before a quick wipe with a cloth.

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