Laminate flooring is among the most accessible surfaces to deep clean due to the strong adhesive aluminum-oxide-top-coating that repels stain and harsh chemicals. Even though its mechanics make it easy to clean, a deep clean and routine maintenance is still mandatory!
But there are still a few tricks to know when it comes to deep cleaning. In the following sections, you would uncover the steps and methodology to deep clean your laminate flooring, and we’d list some of the typical stains and how to remove them from your laminate floors.
Knowing the tips and tricks, you are about to be introduced to will do deep cleaning and maintaining your laminate flooring a walk in the park!
The Methodology and Steps to Deep Cleaning your Laminate Flooring
The truth is your laminate floor will significantly benefit from a deep cleaning every two or three months. One crucial fact to remember is when deep cleaning your laminate floors avoid using water. The reason is that laminate comes from wood, and we know timber and moisture don't go very well.
Also, even though your laminate is water-resistant, you still should avoid much water, so you prevent the chances of ruining your floor. Another thing is standing water can cause the wood to feed the color of the floor or possibly swell.
So, here’s what I recommend you do weekly on your laminate floor:
Use a broom, microfiber mop or a dry vacuum to remove dirt and debris on your laminate floors
This is quite necessary, especially if you own a pet, and the dander is always on your floors. Also, sand rocks and other loose grime can be the source of scratches on your laminate floors if stumbled upon or tracked through your home. For those who use an electric vacuum, please avoid using the beater bar on your laminate floors.
Apply a laminate flooring cleaner
Usually, this solution is created to keep laminate floors sparkle and look new for a very long time. Most of these solutions kill fungus, bacteria, and mildew or mold, so they are much better to apply than water. You can apply or spray and use a mop to rub the solution or use a mop with throwable cleaning pads on your laminate flooring.
This procedure can be repeated at least once a week or more. Here’s a list of cleaners that you can use:
•Branded Flooring Solutions—this depends on your laminate flooring, the manufacturer of your laminate flooring could make a cleaning solution exclusive to your laminate types like Alloc Free and Clear or Armstrong Laminate Floor Cleaner. These are viable options since they are built and formulated by laminate manufacturers exclusively for laminate floors.
•Store Branded Cleaners—these types of cleaners you can purchase at any grocery department or any big mart center. Also, the general store branded mop-pads solutions dictate the kinds of flooring it should be used on.
•Natural Solution—the usual 3 to 1 ratio of 3 parts of water and one piece of vinegar is arguably the best method of cleaning for laminate floors. Also, because of its PH scale (sharp acidity); it can clean off stains that build up quickly, without any harsh side effects.
•Cleaning Products to AVOID— Don't go near Orange Glow cleaners, in fact, cleaners with lotions, waxes, and conditioners. These solutions can leave grease marks, streaks, and dampen the laminate flooring's appearance.
Ensure you Dry Damp Areas
Laminate is not water-resistant or water-proof, so you stand the chance of damaging your floor if, by any means, water enters the locking system. It's essential to make use of a cloth to dry excess liquid that may have formed.
One common question we usually get is how to clean laminate floors without signs of streaks. As we addressed that issue in our other article, avoid using oil-based cleaners as these types of filters are the primary culprit that causes floor streaks, and you can check out other things we mentioned as well.
Common Stain Removal Tips from Laminate Flooring
Now we have that out of the way, let’s look at common stains that could occur on your laminate flooring and best practices you can employ to remove them.
Also, we've tested all these scenarios so we can come with helpful tips and procedures on cleaning stains on laminate flooring easily and quickly.
However, from our experiments, we came out with a conclusion that most household stains/spills can be easily removed with a water and vinegar solution, or with acetone.
Nevertheless, let’s look at these stains and their removal method.
Wine, Juice, Coffee
For this stain, use a damp cloth to wipe up the spill immediately to avoid damages or discoloration. To do this properly, spray a vinegar and water solution onto the spill and use a paper towel to wipe until clean. Even though the stain dries, this method still works wonders.
Okay, candle users, celebrate! A typical laminate floor can take on some spilled candle wax. However, it would help if you waited until the wax dries completely, and then use non-abrasives, like a rubber or plastic knife, to cut out the wax from the floor.
After removing the wax, clean the floor with a vinegar-water solution using a paper towel or dry cloth.
Dust Cleaner or Furniture Cleaner
It's normal to dust your home—highly recommended—however, if the spray you use to dust your home makes its way onto the floor, this could result in a slippery hazard. To remove entirely, use a vinegar-water solution on the surface of the affected area, and then continuously wipe until the domain is no longer wet.
Pen or Permanent Marker Stain
Having pen marks on your laminate floors may not necessarily be a big deal as it is when it stains your walls. To clear such stains, you can use acetone or a nail polish remover with acetone then with a paper towel to wipe out the pen stain on your laminate floor.
Use a scooping motion until the stain is gone. However, if the stain remains tough, keep using acetone and fresh paper towels until everywhere gets clean.
Not everyone paints or draws, but glue could spill on your floor, the best thing to do is to wipe the glue ASAP! Then finish the floor with a vinegar-water solution to remove the leftover residue. The reason it's recommended to clean the glue ASAP is that once the glue gets dried, it can become tough to remove.
Streak marks can be cleaned in a few ways. To remove the scuff marks, you can try a white eraser and apply it with a water-vinegar solution. Another option is using Goo Gone cleaner with a paper towel and rubbing it on the scuff mark.
Things to Avoid when Cleaning Laminate Flooring
These are things you should never use to clean laminate flooring:
•Do not use polish or wax to refresh or clean the laminate floor.
•Do not use sand or try to refinish the surface of laminate floors.
•Avoid using Orange Glow to clean your laminate floors
•Avoid using ammonia on laminate.
•Avoid using abrasives, steel wool, or scouring powder.
•Do not use steam cleaners because they are not suitable for any laminate flooring.
Finally, following the procedures, steps, and cautions mentioned would guarantee your laminate floor stays for a very long time. However, if you encounter or have a tough stain that proves stubborn to your cleaning efforts, do not hesitate to consult those flooring experts near you.
Until next time, stay happy, stay clean!
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