How to Clean Laminate Floors

There’s numerous ways to clean laminate floors. First of all, don’t waste your money on expensive floor cleaners. You have more options for  cleaning laminate floors than you do with hardwood floors. Laminate floors are made of fiberboard with a moisture-resistant layer underneath and a photographic image of natural wood flooring on top, finished with a hard, clear coating.

To clean laminate floors, all you need are a light vacuum cleaner or broom, and a damp towel for any spots. Vacuum regularly to keep dust, dirt, and grit off the floor and avoid scratching your floors. Never clean laminate floors with anything abrasive, such as cleanser, sandpaper, or steel wool. If your floors have scratches from grit or gravel, you will not be able to sand them out; remember, unlike real hardwood, the woodgrain is only as deep as the photograph.

To clean laminate floors more thoroughly, you can use a vinegar solution. Pour 1/4 cup vinegar into a 32-ounce spray bottle and fill with plain water. Then mop with a damp mop, spraying the floor as you go along. Dry the floors afterward with a soft cloth; don’t leave any standing water as it may warp the laminate floor panels or soften the glue. Most manufacturers do not recommend using “Oils or Soaps” to clean laminate floors.

You should never use wax or polish on clean laminate floors, and never attempt to refinish them.

You can keep your laminate floors looking cleaner longer if you apply a floor restorer once they are clean. An industrial strength floor restorer will keep new floors looking new, make older floors look new again, and can even make cheap laminate floors look expensive. Floor Restoring products are economical and easy to apply. They fill scratch marks and protect the floors from spills and black heel marks. Look for a water-based floor finish and be sure it contains no petroleum, so there’s no smelly fumes.

Now that you know how to clean laminate floors, use Pro Shot® Floor Restorer to keep your laminate floors looking their best.