Okay, let’s face it; Laminate floors are infamous for getting stained with footprints and smudges. Some people try to resist this by having a 'no shoe rule' in their homes, or they continuously and thoroughly clean their homes. Well, I am not against these, but there are better ways, and you about to find out!
However, one of the issues with laminate floors is that they first do an excellent job of preventing footprints, but over time after much cleaning, the original floor protective coat starts to fade away.
Problems Using only Commercial Cleaners
Preventing or keeping footprints starts with proper cleaning from the onset. Common cleaners like Swiffer wet jets which are said to cause problems to the finish because of the active chemicals and solutions these commercial cleaners use, and also soapy solutions.
The problem with these commercial cleaners is that they leave a film on top of the laminate that causes the floor to become scuffed or smudged and with time wearing the surface out, weakening it and further allowing it to streak more and more.
However, the most common and highly successful cleaning solution has proven to be a vinegar solution. Simply mixing with water and mopping does the magic, but be cautioned, vinegar has an initial smell that fades off once dried. After which, your floor would sparkle, and there wouldn't be any thin of residue left.
Which should you focus on Cleaning or Preventing Footprints on your Laminate Floor
You have a laminate floor, and you’re ready to get rid of footprints. Before that, keep in mind that they are slight differences between cleaning your laminate floor and preventing it from piling more footprints.
To start cleaning your laminate floor, it will involve several types of cleaning while preventing it entails action to create a smooth and protective finish on your laminate floor. With that said, let's look at how first to clean the footprint on your laminate floors, then finally how to prevent footprint on your laminate floor.
How to Clean Footprints on your Laminate Floor
The following three steps have proven to be useful when it comes to cleaning a laminate floor. So, let's go:
First Phase— Dry Cleaning
The most basic approach to take when it comes to cleaning laminate floors happens to be dry cleaning. The truth is, if the print marks on your laminate floor do not have greasy or oily components in them, a simple dry cleaning will get the job done!
So this can be done twice a day to ensure these footprints don’t solidify on your laminate floor. You wouldn’t need to use any wet chemicals or additives during the process. This is also applicable to preventing footprints on hardwood floors.
Second Phase—Sweep the Floor
There are a host of sweeping equipment like a dry mop or wet mop that can be used to clean footprints if they aren't already solidified or too hard on the laminate floor. Since you would be cleaning your floor daily, you can wipe the spot using a wet mop.
To maximize the effect of sweeping your floor, warm distilled water is a better option than regular water. The reason is that warm water is more likely to remove greasy and oily bouts of dirt away from laminate floors.
You can use this method if the footprints are dried already.
Third Phase—Clean with a Vinegar Solution
It’s the truth. Vinegar happens to be a widely acceptable cleaning agent, which is famously used in the kitchen. First, take 40-60 ml of vinegar and mix with 3 liters of distilled water. After that, mix in a spray bottle and shake vigorously. Then spray on areas where the footprints arks are visible on your laminate floor.
After the cleaning, use a dry mop or microfiber cloth to clean out the spot.
How to Prevent Footprints on your Laminate Floors
Okay, I am guessing you're done with the cleaning, and you did clean your laminate floor. Or have you? Please do implement this section.
For those who cleaned footprints off their laminate floor already, well, read on! Now the purpose of this section is to avoid a further buildup of the footprint on your laminate floor.
First Phase—Clean Regularly
One of the essential cleaning tips to keep your laminate floor sparkling is to clean consistently. The point is not to go in-depth on this—we did that already—but the importance of cleaning always.
If you would want to maximize the cleaning and keep it maintained at all times, then you are advised to deep clean it at least once every week. This will prevent any kind of grim, dirt, or debris buildup on your laminate floor.
Second Phase—Apply Saline Water or Mineral spirits and Warm Distilled Water
The mixing of saline water and distilled water is also another alternative that you can use on your laminate floor to avoid footprints from sticking on its surface.
There are a ton of cheap and odorless saline water or mineral spirits out there that can be used on your laminate floor as far as it concerns the footprints on the surface.
The goal is to get the right one, and then make a mixture of 50-50 with the water and saline solution. Then take a mopping pad and dab gently. When you cleaned some parts, use an old microfiber cloth to clean the mopped area. The point of using the microfiber cloth is to make it dry.
After mopping and drying the whole area, allow for some time to dry enough that you should feel no dampness when walking on it. This would significantly reduce the chances of footprints sticking on the surface on your laminate floor, unlike before.
Finally, you are through with knowing how to clean and prevent footprints from your laminate floor. Even though there's much to learn, the steps mentioned above are enough for you to get that sparkling look you desire on your laminate flooring.
Over time you may have your method to suit your needs when trying to prevent footprints on your laminate flooring.
Following the methods mentioned above will keep your laminate flooring free from footprints. However, it may take some time, depending on how you stick to it and the effort you put into the preventive methods.
However, if you prefer using commercial products to clean your laminate flooring, I would advise you to be carefully selective. The reason is simple. Not every cleaning product in the market is ideal for laminate floors. It’s best to consult homecare professionals before purchasing any laminate floor cleaner.
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