It is no surprise that laminate flooring is one of the most popular flooring solutions in the UK. It’s affordable, offers great flexibility in terms of design styles and also enhances the feeling of space in a room. A good choice all round!
Our guide to cleaning your laminate flooring will ensure it retains its pristine appearance and give you many more years of use.
STEP 1: USE A SOFT BRUSH
Brushing your laminate flooring regularly will ensure that the dust or dirt does not become ground into the surface. Avoid using a hard brush, as it may cause abrasions on the surface.
If you would rather vacuum clean your laminate flooring, use the wand extension, rather than risk the wheels of the vacuum cleaner damaging the surface.
STEP 2: WASH THE SURFACE WITH HOT WATER AND A WELL-WRUNG MOP
After brushing, wash the surface with hot water and a well-wrung-out mop. If the water is too cool, it can leave streaks on the surface. If your flooring covers only a small area, then it’s probably better to use a damp cloth to wipe it. If the surface becomes wet, wipe the surface dry with a soft cloth and allow it to dry naturally. Make sure that the cloth you use is not abrasive as, once the floor has been damaged at or below surface level, it may not easily be repaired.
DO NOT USE REGULAR CLEANING FLUIDS
Generally speaking, it’s not advisable to use regular cleaning fluids on laminate flooring. Some soap-based detergents can leave a dull film on the floor that can be difficult to remove. This can also apply if you use wax polish. Some cream cleaners are also quite abrasive. So, even if you use a soft cloth, you can still be left with small scouring patterns on the surface, which can be very difficult to remove. If possible, use a cleaning fluid that is specifically designed for laminate flooring and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Again, it is extremely important to make sure that the cloth you use is not abrasive, even when using suitable laminate floor cleaner.
If anything is spilled on the floor, the most effective thing to do is soak it up with a soft cloth, immediately. The longer moisture remains on the surface, the more likely it is to stain.
There are a number of home remedies for removing stains from laminate flooring, but prevention is still the best policy.
Laminate flooring can look spectacularly good in a room. Good care and attention can keep it looking that way.