Laminate floors are for those who like the look of a hardwood floor finish but do not to bother with the maintenance needed to have clean and shiny wood floors. Keeping laminate floors clean and shiny is so much easier as compared to hardwood floors.
To properly keep your laminate floors clean and shiny all you will need are the following:
- a broom- make sure that you sweep your floor of any dirt, dust and other debris.
- a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment – Vacuum the floor, using the soft brush attachment, to make sure you have collected most of the dust and dirt. Don’t forget to vacuum carefully at the corners as these are where dirt is usually trapped.
- a laminate floor cleaner which you can easily find in and do-it-yourself home improvement stores and supermarkets – apply the laminate floor cleaner carefully as directed on the label.
- a sponge mop and a bucket of hot water.Once cleaner has been applied, dampen sponge mop in the bucket of hot water and run the mop over the floor with the applied cleaner. Make sure you mop the floor in even strokes going with the grain of the wood. Rinse the mop and apply the floor cleaner and mop floor again, if needed. Otherwise, just air-dry your floors.
Never use regular floor cleaners on your laminate floors. These will make your floors look dull and streaky. There is no need to use wax or polish on laminate floors. Doing so will only damage your laminates and leave you with dull and dirty-looking floors.
Laminate floors are normally stain-resistant. This is one of the appeals it has to most homeowners. However, there are some substances that even laminates cannot repel. Here are some of these substances and how to get rid of stains caused by these substances:
- Blood – Spray stain with a glass cleaner and wipe with a damp cloth.
- Liquor – Moisten a rag with warm water and detergent and rub the stain with this solution. If this isn’t effective enough, rub stain with denatured alcohol.
- Grease – Apply an ice bag or any frozen pack on the grease stain until it hardens. Scrape off with a spoon or a dull knife. Any remaining stain can be wiped off easily with a glass cleaner.
- Crayon marks – Rub marks with a soft, alcohol-dampened cloth or apply toothpaste and rub with a dry cloth.
- Nail Polish– Use a little scouring powder (making it into a paste), warm water and a plastic mesh pad. Apply the scouring powder paste on the stain and rib gently until stain disappears.
- Ink – Rub stain with a rag moistened in warm water and detergent.
- Heel Marks and Scuffs – Rub the marks with a pencil eraser. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is the most effective in removing these marks.