Most people like laminate flooring. Some people love laminate flooring. And other people dislike laminate flooring because it’s a lot more sensitive than other types of flooring, and if it’s scratched up, you can’t refinish it.
Here’s the thing, though: laminate flooring is pretty cheap. It’s cheap, it looks good, and it works very well as basic flooring. While laminate flooring may not have the same authenticity or aesthetic beauty as, say, wood or tile, it’s great for what it is.
Many people are drawn to laminate flooring due to those qualities, but turned off by how easy it can be to damage a laminate floor. Many people believe that it’s difficult to clean laminate flooring and far too easy to dirty it up.
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The truth is, cleaning a laminate floor is pretty easy! It’s not that hard, if you know what you’re doing. And, if you don’t know what you’re doing, then you’ve come to the right place!
In this quick guide, we’re going to run through the easiest methods for cleaning your laminate floors. These methods won’t cause any harm or damage to the flooring, and they will keep your laminate floors looking beautiful!
What Not To Do?
Laminate flooring is very sensitive. So sensitive, in fact, that using any coarser materials on it can damage the flooring and create scratches and markings.
If you are using a broom or a vacuum with a thick brush on your laminate floors, don’t. Most brooms have thick bristles, and these bristles can easily scratch the flooring. And, with vacuums, those thick brushes can do the same thing, but it is a little harder to notice.
Instead of using those types of cleaning devices, you should focus more on using lighter cleaning devices, such as mops, vacuums with light brushes, and even cloths that are made of soft material. And when you are cleaning, don’t move around too quickly, as if you’re in a rush. Instead, move slowly, but thoroughly, and make sure that you aren’t scratching the floor.
How To Sweep?
To maintain that nice, beautiful look on your laminate floors, it’s crucial that you sweep at least once a day. Ideally, though, you’ll sweep two or three times a day. And, the reason for this is because even the smallest amount of dirt or dust can create scratches and markings, over a relatively short period.
Of course, as mentioned in the previous section, sweeping with a broom isn’t a very good idea. That’s why you should sweep with a different kind of device.
Many people choose to use a flat-head mop. But, instead of moistening this flat-head mop, you simply use it to gently push the dirt and dust into a pile, and then you push that pile into a dustbin and dump everything out.
When you are doing this, make sure that you’re pushing the flat-head mop across the flooring in a nice, gentle manner. Don’t rush it, and don’t push too hard; just push it gently, with ease.
Some people use a vacuum cleaner to do this sweeper. For many, this is a more convenient option, since you don’t need to sweep it up into a pile and a dustbin. But, if you do use a vacuum, make sure it’s one with a soft brush. Going online and searching for “vacuum cleaners that are good for laminate floors” will give you some ideas of good vacuum cleaners to use.
How To Mop?
Mopping is a process that involves using liquid – usually water mixed with cleaning solution – to clean a surface. Every now and then, you’re going to need to mop your laminate floors. Doing this is pretty easy, as long as you make sure to do it gently, and thoroughly.
To properly mop your laminate floors, it’s important to use a very soft material to do this. Many people choose to use a nice, soft cloth, and others use sponges. Some people also use mops that have been specifically designed for laminate flooring, and other delicate types of flooring.
When you have this soft material in your hand, soak it in water. Don’t use hot water, or cold water. Water that is lukewarm will do the trick. If it’s too hot, or too cold, it can damage the coating that is on the flooring.
When your mop, sponge, or cloth is coated in lukewarm water, gently move it across the spaces that you wish to mop. Move it slowly, and with precision. Don’t rush the mopping process, and don’t be too forceful, either. Instead move it slowly, gently rubbing across the dirty spots and allowing the dirt and grime to loosen up and fall away.
If you have a big space that you need to do this in, it might take a while. But, if you do it faster, it might damage the coating on the floor, so it’s best to do it as slowly and as meticulously as you possibly can.
What If I Have Stains That I Can’t Remove?
If there are stains on your laminate floors that you are having a tough time removing, then you should use cleaner fluid. But, don’t use any soap or any regular detergent. The chemicals in soap and regular detergent can harm the flooring, and create small scratches and markings.
Instead, if you have a stain that you really can’t remove, it’s best to purchase a cleaner that has been specifically designed for laminate flooring. These cleaners use their unique chemicals and have their distinct properties. With these chemicals and properties, you can remove thick stains from your laminate floors, without worrying about whether or not you are harming the flooring itself.
In the end, when you are cleaning your laminate floors, it’s important to do so using either lukewarm water, or a special cleaning detergent. Don’t use any sort of rough material to do the cleaning. Instead, stick with soft materials and move slowly, but thoroughly. If you do that, then you can’t go wrong!