With each material type in terms of flooring, you have to treat the floor differently. You can't just use any old mop, vacuum, laminate floor cleaning solution or whatever else on a laminate floor. Not only does this need to be done correctly so you can keep the laminate flooring maintained to have it last for years to come, but you also need to do this a certain way to get all those little creases and seams cleaned as well. You also want to make sure that in the process of cleaning it you don’t scratch the floor or drip-drop a bunch of water into the seams – this will cause the floor to get ruined. So, if you have flooring made with laminate, what is the best way to clean such floors? The guide below was written to help you with just that.
Use a Microfiber Mop
It doesn’t matter if you want to get down on your knees and hands, use a rag or you wish to use a mop, make sure it's a microfiber one. These types of mops, or rather, this type of material is going to simply glide across your floor. Yes, it will look clean, but it will also get shiny too. If you want to go even easier on yourself, get a mop with a swivel head so you can effortlessly go around the corners, under the tables, under the chairs and pretty much everywhere.
Laminate flooring really is pretty easy to clean; you just need to have the right tools available to you.
You can do one of these three things:
1 – You can take a look online and find a strongly rated floor cleaning solution for laminate floors.
2 - You can make your own.
3- You can use just regular old water for daily use, and then do a deep cleaning once a month.
No matter the option you choose, using a liquid of some sort is always the best way to go. Meaning; you can't just run the mop across the floor, all dry and expect to clean it. Life just doesn’t work like that. If you are going to use just water on daily basis, make sure that you get a microfiber mop with the device that squeezes all the water out of it. If you’re doing it by hand, squeeze the water out with your hands. You do not want a sopping wet mop touching the floor – this will ruin it. Damp is fine, though.
Making your own solution
You can use this recipe for your solution:
* 3 Parts warm water
* 1 part white vinegar
* 1 teaspoon of dish detergent (liquid, not powder because we don't want scratches)
* A spray bottle - The spray bottle is a nice addition because this ensures that you are only placing a small amount of water on the floor and it won't ruin it.
Step 1 – Use a dry microfiber cloth to sweep the floor.
Step 2 – Use the spray bottle to mist the floor.
Step 3 – Use your mop or clean the floor by hand.
Step 4 – Use regular water to remove the dish washing liquid and repeat as necessary until all the soap is cleaned and the floor is clean.
Pretty easy, right? Make sure that you either let it just dry out or you use a dry cloth. If anyone or anything walks across it, you will ruin the entire floor and have footprints all over it and will have to do this all over again.
Microfiber cloths work the best because they don’t suck in a lot of water. Using a string or sponge mop is not in your best interest because these hold a lot of water. Make sure you go for bulk purchases of these microfiber cloths. If you buy just one, it's going to cost you more as we are focusing on regular cleaning. Some of such rags, if the floor isn’t too dirty, can also be washed and re-used.