Laminate flooring, admired for its durability, range of color choices, price, is relatively affordable and low maintenance when compared to other types of flooring. In spite of this, laminate flooring is prone to lose its lush and shine over time, precisely due to the pileup of grime and dirt.
However, unlike wood floors, it can't be waxed, and any form of soap-washing is not advised as that will only make the floor look duller. However, making use of a good cleaning product specifically meant for laminate floors that give it a new look.
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To effectively apply the polish, first, you would have to clean the floor, squeeze the polish onto the floor, then, after doing that, wipe with a damp polishing cloth. Also, you can try it using natural means with water, vinegar, essential oils, and polish with olive oil. Whichever method you choose, both work and are useful!
So now, let's get to the details of each step you would have to take. But first, you would have to be prepared by adding the listed materials below to your checklist.
•Polish—am guessing you would have figured
•Broom or brush pan or even sweeper
•Naturals—water, vinegar, and rubbing alcohol or olive oil
While for those who would like to make their polish, here’s what you would need:
•2 cups of warm water (470ml)
•One tablespoon (15ml) of distilled white vinegar
•Two tablespoons of olive oil (30mL)
•Fifteen drops of essential oil—however, not compulsory.
•Vacuum with hard floor setting—optional
•Lint-free cloth mop
Before knowing how you can apply polish on your laminate floor, let’s quickly see how you can make one.
Making Your Polish
Get olive oil, vinegar, and water and pour in a bottle with measurement
First, measure two tablespoons (30 mL) of olive oil, one tablespoon (15 mL) of distilled white vinegar, and 2 cups (470 mL) of warm water into a bottle. The ingredients mentioned above will both help clean and shine your laminate flooring.
•You can purchase distilled here or visit a health food store closer to you, whichever suits you.
•However, if you don’t have white vinegar, you can use apple cider vinegar instead.
•Also, another alternative to ammonia is vinegar. So take note. For ammonia, you would use 1 part ammonia for every three parts of the water combination.
•In essence, this home-made floor polish can be used instead of a store-bought polish.
Now, add about 15 drops of your preferred essential oil
This phase helps in leaving your floors and entire house smell beautiful. Here's how you do it; add 15 drops of 1 made of essential oil or mix a few of your favorites. For example, lime, lavender, and orange lemongrasses are all excellent and nice-smelling products.
However, if you don’t own any essential oils, then skip this step.
Shake the bottle vigorously to mix the ingredients
Before shaking the bottle, ensure the lid of the container is closed correctly, and then shake repeatedly until the ingredients mix properly. You can also shake the bottle each time the polish is utilized, so the ingredients mix properly.
Apply your Polish
Sweep the Floor before polishing it
First, sweep the floor; remove any crumbs, dirt, or pet hair. Then clean along the walls and underneath the furniture, because grime and dust tend to stay on the surface of laminate flooring.
Moreover, when cleaning the visible areas, be careful because any little shift in the atmosphere can push dirt out from where it hides onto the floor, leading to another round of sweeping. Therefore, using dusting mop or even broom and dustpan is ideal for such scenarios; nevertheless, a vacuum equipped with a hard floor setting can also do a thorough job.
Also, if the floor is muddy or grimy, make use of a mop before sweeping. Or better still, mop the floor using the natural-cleanser made from parts of vinegar, water, and rubbing alcohol. The point here is to ensure your floor is cleaned and dried before applying the polish.
Next, soak the cloth set for the polish with warm water.
After that, dampen your polishing cloth with the same warm water and squeeze it out to drench out all the drips. If you lack the polishing cloth, you can also make use of a microfiber cloth, as this can give the same result.
If you find out that your mop comes with a polishing attachment, then you can use that instead of the cloth. If not, ensure the fabric you're using is not dripping wet, but damp. Moreover, a lot of moisture is not healthy for your laminate floor.
Sprinkle a line of laminate polish over the length of your laminate flooring
Before sprinkling, ensure the polish is a suitable floor polish that will work properly or built explicitly for laminate flooring. The reason is that the polish won’t destroy or dent the delicate surface of your laminate flooring.
To use the polish, squeeze it gently onto the floor in a wriggled line towards the length of your laminate floor.
N.B: If you haven’t used the laminate polish for a long time, please endeavor to shake it vigorously before use. Also, there are laminate polish products available here or a nearby store that sells cleaning products.
Rub or Apply the Polish on top the entire laminate floor
This phase entails you using the damp clothing to rub the polish gently onto the floor. You can start by rubbing the polish back and forth against the grain embedded in the laminate.
Then use the polishing cloth to rub in the same pattern of the laminate flooring. Doing it this way will prevent surface dents like streak marks. Also, you would notice the floor looking shiny and oily after having applied the polish, don’t panic as this is normal and will fade over time as it dries.
Finally, leave the polish to sit and dry for a full day (24) hours
During this period, avoid walking on the laminate. If you keep pets, restrict your pet from also walking on your laminate while it dries.
However, due to how most houses are set, this may not be feasible for most people. In that case, allow it dry for a day. Also, do not put heavy objects on the polish while it dries, because this can cause the entire surface to look unequal.
Also, you can take preventive measures to avoid further damage after polishing your laminate flooring.
•Since the laminate floor can be scratched easily, avoid using abrasive pads.
•After polishing, avoid using wet methods to clean, like steaming. This can also damage your laminate flooring.
•Finally, subscribe to protective pads for your furniture. However, for chairs and small tables, you can use small round pads. Then for larger furniture, use water pads.
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