Laminate Flooring Cleaning Tips
Are you sick and tired of trying to make your commercial or residential property’s flooring exude a touch of brilliance, but to no avail? Well, the latest in laminate floors allows you to do just that, but with minimum hassle, while installing, zero problems while cleaning, and absolutely no inconvenience while doing basic repairs.
Laminate flooring can easily be installed and cleaned to give your otherwise beautiful house the shine it lacks. Here are a few tips that will help you keep your laminate floor shining and sparkling for many years to come.
1. Avoid Using Water
When cleaning laminate floors, avoid water like the plague. People often clean their brand new laminate floors with wet mops to give it that neat and clean look. While that may give it a ‘clean’ look for an hour or so, the floor will go back to being dull as soon as the water dries up. Furthermore, in less than a year, there’ll be more than just visible damage to the floor since moisture seeps in and erodes the woodwork.
2. Why Not Just Use a Vacuum Cleaner?
Living in the 21st century means you probably have a vacuum cleaner kept in one of your closets. Vaccum cleaners are designed to suck all the dirt and dust out of your carpet/furniture, so you don’t have to spend hours cleaning with that old-fashioned broomstick. All you need to do is make sure the vacuum cleaner doesn’t have a rotary brush head, since they can cause ugly scratches on your shiny laminate floor.
3. Immediately Wipe off Spilled Water
If you accidentally spill water on the laminate floor, immediately wipe it off with a microfiber cloth. The water can damage the protective layer and even leave a stain if it is left for a prolonged period.
4. Bring Back the Shine with Vinegar
Vinegar mixed with water is the perfect solution to bringing back that shine. You’ll feel that your floor is becoming dull as years go by, but with the help of an easy vinegar solution, you can make your laminate floor as good as new. However, after spraying the solution on a specific area, wipe it off immediately. Do not spray the solution on the whole floor at once, since you won’t be able to wipe it off quickly enough and moisture will seep in.
5. Get Rid of Tough Stains
Are you still worried about tough stains on your laminate floors? Well, there is a solution for every problem.
• If you find nail polish or tar on your laminate floor, you can easily remove it with the help of nail polish remover. Just pour a few drops on a microfiber cloth and gently rub it on the floor. The stain will disappear in no time.
• Are you fed up with heel marks? Just use an eraser. It’s like erasing pencil marks from a piece of paper.
• I’m sure the sight of grease on your floor is the worst and most frightening, but all you need is an ice pack or a pack of frozen vegetables. Just apply the pack on the grease until it freezes, then use a plastic knife to scrape it off.
• Blood stains can be removed with the help of window cleaners, but make sure to wipe it up immediately with a soft cloth after spraying.
6. Protect the Floor
Just because you know how to clean your laminate floor doesn’t mean it’s protected! After cleaning your laminate floor, you have to keep checking the floor to maintain and protect it. That is, if you don’t want to waste time and money on major repairs. Here are some tips you can use to keep your laminate floor protected:
• Consider a no-shoe rule in the house
• Keep indoor and outdoor mats at the entrance of your house to avoid dirt
• Wipe up liquid spills immediately
• If you have kept plants near the floor, always look out for spills
• Try keeping your windows covered to protect the floor from UV rays and excessive heat
Floor lamination isn’t a very cheap process nor is the repairs, therefore, taking extensive care of your laminate floors should be a part of your daily routine.