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Cleaning Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is among the easiest of floors to clean. Laminate flooring are built to stand up to wear and abrasion. All you really need for everyday cleaning of laminate flooring is a vacuum cleaner, a dry mop, and a damp towel for difficult spills. You can keep laminate flooring looking new if you follow these simple steps while cleaning and maintaining them:

  • Use a vacuum cleaner with a soft flooring attachment, a broom, a slightly damp cloth or mop to remove dirt, grit and debris.

  • Add glides or cushion protectors under chairs and table legs to prevent possible scratching.

  • Put floor mats and foot brushes at all outside doorway entrances to keep away dirt.

  • Damp mop using warm water for a better evaporation rate.

  • When mopping, change water as necessary to keep clean.

  • While damp mopping, avoid any standing fluids on the floor - including your pet's water bowl. Do not saturate the floor and wipe up spills immediately.

  • Do not use floor polish or wax products. This leaves a film on the floor and causes it to attract more dirt and leave streaks and footprints.

  • Avoid soap-based cleaners, scouring powder, citrus oil products and steel wool as they affect the floor's dÉcor layer and damage the finish.

Cleaning spots on laminate flooring can be a bit tricky. Here are some tips on spot cleaning:

  • To remove oil, paint, permanent marker, tar and rubber heel marks, use a neutral cleaner on a clean light colored cloth. Alcohol or a nail polish remover containing acetone can also be used.

  • To remove blood, juice, wine, beer, soda pop and pasta sauce stains; warm water can be used. If needed use a neutral cleaner with a light colored cloth.

  • To remove candle wax or chewing gum, first harden with ice and then scrape very gently. Wipe the rest with warm water and a clean cloth.

Dirt is the primary enemy of laminate flooring and leads to fine scratches that make the floor look dull and used. The best way to clean your laminate floors is to use ammonia and water, or vinegar or any other window cleaning product. First sweep or vacuum up loose dirt, then mist the floor with your cleaner and a mop. Later, buff it up using a terry cloth towel. Micro-fiber pads are also quite effective and help you avoid cleaning fluids. Also, check with the manufacturer's recommendation for cleaning procedures. Some of them make their own floor cleaners.

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