How to Clean your Laminate Floors

Life gets messy, but with the proper care you can maintain that ‘like new” flooring look on your own. If you’ve chosen laminate flooring for your space, you’re probably enjoying the beauty and durability of this amazing floor option. In order to continue enjoying these beautiful floors for years to come, we suggest incorporating an easy floor maintenance and care regimen.

Here are a few simple cleaning and maintenance tips for laminate flooring:

Cleaning

Sweep or vacuum regularly and for best results, use the wand attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Occasionally mop your floors with Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner to create a polished finish. To ensure a longer lasting shine, allow time for the floor to dry completely after cleaning.

Protection

Protecting your laminate floors is just as simple as cleaning them. Here are a few common practices you will want to use and some you want to avoid.

GOOD:

  • Immediately wipe up wet areas from spills, muddy feet, and damp paws.
  • Place natural or colorfast mats at outside entrances to reduce the amount of dirt and moisture tracked into your home.
  • Lift furniture instead of dragging it
  • Keep the nails of your pets trimmed

BAD:

  • Vacuums with rotary bristles will scratch your laminate
  • Wet mopping will cause extra water to seep into your floors
  • Soap-based detergents or "mop and shine" products may leave a dull film on your laminate floor.
  • Abrasive cleaners, steel wool, or scouring powder can scratch your floor


Quick-fix Tips


Spots Caused by Food/Water/Animals

  • Apply Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner to a clean soft cloth.
  • Rub the area to remove the stain or spot.
  • More stubborn spots may require additional cleaning with odorless mineral spirits followed by cleaning with Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner.


Grease/Lipstick/Crayon/Ink Spots/Rubber Heel Marks

  • Apply Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner to a clean soft cloth.
  • Rub the area to remove the stain or spot.
  • If stain remains, rub with a cloth dampened with odorless mineral spirits and follow by cleaning the area with Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner.


Chewing Gum/Candle Wax

  • Apply a sealed plastic bag filled with ice on top of the deposit.
  • Wait until deposit becomes brittle enough to crumble off.
  • After deposit has been removed, clean entire area with Hardwood & LaminateFloor Cleaner.


Minor Abrasions/Scratches

  • Use a Touch-Up Kit or Acrylic Filler, that blends with your factory stained floor color to make minor repairs.
  • Apply Fresh Finish to recondition larger areas.


Chips, broken edges and gaps

  • Blend area with the appropriate touch-up pen or fill stick from a Touch-Up Kit or the appropriate Acrylic Filler.


Deep Scratches/Gouges

  • Individual planks, strips or parquets that are heavily gouged or damaged may be repaired with Bruce Acrylic Filler or Bruce Touch-Up Kit. Major damage will require board replacement.
  • If needed, the entire floor can be refurbished by applying one or more coats of Fresh Finish

If you have any questions about the flooring products we talked about in this post, be sure to contact us.