How to Maintain Your Laminate Flooring
There are plenty of reasons why laminate flooring is so popular amongst modern homeowners.
Since its creation in the late 1970s, laminate has gone from strength to strength, promising attractive designs, high tolerance to footfall, and minimal costs.
But there is one aspect of laminate flooring that stands apart from the rest: low maintenance.
No matter how many accidents you have around the house, laminate will always be quick and easy to clean. But if you want to retain the gorgeous appearance of your boards, there’s a few things worth bearing in mind.
Here’s our ultimate guide to maintaining your laminate flooring.
Before you get started, it’s best to get acquainted with the right tools and equipment.
Most of these are everyday items you’ll already have around the house, but just in case you don’t, here’s our quick list
• Sweeping Brush
• Dust Pan and Brush
• Vacuum Cleaner
• Microfiber Mop
• Dedicated Laminate Floor Cleaner
• Floor Cloth
Alternatively, you can pick up one of our purpose-built laminate cleaning kits. This is guaranteed to give you the best results, no matter where your laminate is installed.
Now you’re all ready to get cleaning!
Sweeping and Vacuuming
With a wide range of activities happening daily in your home, it’s inevitable that your laminate flooring is going to get dirty.
Whilst laminate doesn’t harbour excessive dust and debris, it’s best to perform a daily sweep or vacuum. This will prevent your boards from becoming dulled or scratched.
Remember to use a soft brush or vacuum attachment. Hard bristles may scratch the laminate finish, causing it to lose its shine. Additionally, large debris, such as stones and grit, should be removed by hand, as using a brush will cause further abrasion.
Laminate flooring is naturally water-resistant. However, excessive moisture may damage your boards, causing movement or delamination.
Consequently, spills and splashes must be dried as soon as possible with a dry cloth or microfiber mop. This will keep your flooring safe from harm, and remove any sticky or greasy residue.
When removing large scale grime, use as little moisture as possible. Do not use a standard mop or steam cleaner on your laminate boards, as this will cause swelling.
Add the dedicated cleaner to your microfiber mop, following the manufacturer’s instructions. If you do not have any cleaner to hand, a solution of vinegar and water will bring the shine back to your boards. The recommended quantities are equal to 125ml vinegar to every 2 litres of water.
Do not use soap detergent, ammoniated, or chlorinated cleaning products.
Once the cleaning solution has been applied, mop along the grain. This will reduce the appearance of streaks.
Remember to dry your laminate quickly after cleaning. This will not only protect against warping and shrinkages, it will also ensure that your boards look great!
Sometimes, more drastic action is required to clean your laminate flooring.
If you accidentally scuff your boards, don’t panic! Marks from furniture, shoes and other foreign objects can be quickly and easily pacified.
Apply your cleaning solution to a dry cloth and rub the scuff marks firmly and thoroughly. For more stubborn marks, use acetone. This will safely restore your boards to their pristine condition.
For hard set grime, such as chewing gum or candle wax, a dry cloth won’t be effective.
Instead, use ice to harden the spot, and simply scrape off the board. Use a soft plastic scraper or credit card to prevent further scratches.
Finish by wiping clean with your microfiber mop or cloth.
Stains are a homeowner’s worst nightmare! Many people assume that if their flooring becomes stained, it’s almost irreparable.
Thankfully, this isn’t the case with laminate.
Laminate flooring is naturally stain resistant. But if you do manage to stain your boards, you can rest assured that it’s an easy fix.
If the stain has been caused by food or beverages, start by removing any surrounding debris. Do this as soon as the accident happens to minimise any damages.
As with scuff marks, thoroughly wipe the stain with a dry cloth, before cleaning thoroughly with your microfiber mop and cleaning solution.
For paint, oil, ink, or lipstick, you may need some extra help. Add a touch of acetone to your cloth, and wipe until the residue has been removed.
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