Laminate flooring has been in vogue in recent times due to the many advantages that come alongside it. The laminate flooring is one product that is cost-effective for many homes where there won't be a need for breaking the bank budget to have it, and the installation process is quite seamless. However, cleaning laminate flooring entails a considerable amount of care.
The reason is simple. The planks being used in the production of laminate flooring consist of wood figments, fibers, and the surface coated with a protective sheet/paint, which adds to its attractive quality and lustrous look. For this reason, using the right cleaner for your laminate flooring is pivotal, because the wrong or typical floor cleaner may result in an undesirable look of your laminate flooring.
Before deciding on cleaning your laminate flooring, you should also note that there are other types of cleaning solutions out there. For instance, those with soap ingredients or ammonia will evidently leave streaks on your laminate floor and will eventually lose the shine and attractiveness.
Also, it' vital to know that cleaning a laminate floor is quite tricky, especially when you don’t want any streaks left behind after the cleaning.
Therefore, for you to clean your laminate floor without leaving streaks, you will need to use natural cleaning remedies. Also, when doing the actual cleaning, you are expected to use a microfiber mop and spraying bottle. Then give some time for your laminate floor to dry. To get the best result, you should repeat the cleaning process twice the same week to get the shine/sparkle you want on your floor.
The First Phase—Choosing a Streak-Free Cleaning Solution
Create the Vinegar Solution
Here's what you do: mix a 50-50 white distilled vinegar with water mixed inside a spray bottle. Then move the container vigorously before you use it. I know the scent of vinegar can be stringent so that you can add a few drops of essential oil like lemon. This mixture can be used and stored for weeks, and it will still retain its cleaning power.
You can also use apple cider vinegar in your mixed solution; however, still, this does not have the same sterilizing effect as with white vinegar.
However, natural cleaners tend to leave little residue and create fewer streaks than the ones sold in retail stores. Therefore, beware of a premixed solution for laminate flooring because they can be harmful to your carpet.
Apply Baby Shampoo
To create a baby shampoo, fill in your spray container with a room or warm distilled water. First, put one tablespoon (151 ml) of shampoo for babies. Then shake vigorously until it foams with bubbles.
Once you have made the mixture spray onto the surface of your laminate floor.
Pro tip: Baby shampoo is safe and mild to use on your laminate floor.
Use a Baking Soda Paste to Remove Stains
This phase is equally important. Before you start the cleaning of your floor, address any residue or specific stains which can cause streaking on your finished floor.
If you discover any food-based stain, scoop a paste from the baking soda and distilled water and apply it over the affected area. Then allow it to sit for a few minutes before wiping with a cloth dabbed with water.
Take out Tough Stains with Rubbing Alcohol
Take some rubbing alcohol and apply directly to the stain, with the help of cotton wool. However, when using, be careful not to allow it sit for too long because it can cause the protective coating on your laminate flooring to peel out or fade, which will result in a streaked surface and dull appearance.
One alternative to using rubbing alcohol is to use an acetone-based nail polish remover, which equally removes stains on laminate flooring.
Use Distilled Water for Every Cleaning Solution
Tap water may seem to be a more straightforward solution, but its hardness can create deposits on the surface of your floor, which can result in a dirty or dull floor. So what you should do instead is sticking to warm or room temperature distilled water in all your cleaning solutions.
Again, distilled water enables the solution storable for weeks.
The Second Phase—Working Out a General Cleaning
Do a Spot Test
Before you start the cleaning process, first go to a corner in your room and apply a bit of your preferred cleaning solution to the area and observe what unfolds.
The point here is to check if the solution causes the floor to appear dull or otherwise. If nothing happens, then proceed as planned. However, if you notice any discolorations, try an alternate solution or consult professional cleaners.
Use a Vacuum to Suck Up Loose Dirt and Debris
Use the bare floor setting on your vacuum, ensuring the bender bar underneath doesn't sit directly on the floor's surface. Use your vacuum and trail all the grain on the floor and clean
For corners or crevices, you can use your vacuum attachment. The reason for vacuuming before cleaning is to minimize the movement of dirt and grime, which can cause streaking.
Face One Wall
When spraying the solution, position yourself facing one wall while your back faces the rest of the room. This implies that you will spray the solution while walking backward.
The reason for this is to keep you from stepping on the freshly cleaned place, so you don’t leave footprints and other marks.
Apply the Cleaner
Now it’s time to get to work. Spray a little bit of the solution on the mop pads you intend using for the cleaning. Then also spray lightly on the surface.
In any case, ensure your floor is damp, not dripping wet because having excessive liquid can also cause warping and streaking on your floor.
Use Even Momentum When Mopping the Floor
When you’ve applied the solution in the necessary place, run the mop over the damp areas forming even strokes.
Ensure the pressure applied on the map is even and controlled; else, the possibility of you streaking some areas increases because of applying inconsistent pressure on the microfiber mop pads.
Allow to Dry Immediately
After cleaning your floor with the solution, go back to where you started and begin the drying process.
Use a microfiber cloth or mop pads to dab away the moisture from the floor. This would also minimize the footprints that may form. However, it's still essential you buff them out as you move, leaving a sparkling surface behind.
Lastly, Use Fresh Mop Pads, As Required
If you decide to use a microfiber pad, then you should make sure the pad is clean when the time for drying reaches. Else, you may apply another layer of dirt on the cleaned surface.
So, how do you keep your pads clean, you ask? Well, here's what you can do:
•First, put the pads in your washer and set to a 'soft' or 'delicate' cycle, or you can run some warm water over them.
•Then, avoid using laundry sheets when cleaning your pads or cloths, because the chemicals in these sheets can also lead to streaking if the pads or clothes are used repeatedly.
With all said, the last thing you would have to consider is maintaining your laminate floor, so the sparkle stays.
Here’s a rundown of points you can subscribe to for maintaining your laminate floor.
•Wipeout any form of the spill immediately
•Have a cleaning schedule and stick to it.
•Have a rule of ‘no footwear’ but can use socks.
•Consult a professional from time to time.
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