Laminate flooring is increasing in popularity because of its features. First, it’s available in a wide range of patterns. The most popular are wood laminate floors that mimic the look of real wood floors, followed by tile laminate floors that mimic the look of stone or slate floor. Another reason for laminate floor’s popularity is its ease of installation. Many DIY-types can install this floor without professional help. Finally, laminate floor is relatively inexpensive when compared to real wood or genuine slate tile floor.
However, despite its cheaper price, laminate floor should still be cared for and cleaned properly to ensure a long and beautiful lifetime in your home. Here’s the proper and best way to clean and care for your wood or tile laminate floor:
How To Avoid Scratches and Spots on Laminate Floors
Put pads on the feet of furniture. A random screw on the bottom leg of a chair can cause a long, ugly scratch in your laminate floor. Always put felt pads on the bottom of any furniture that poses a potential scratching hazard.
Rotate your throw rugs. Many people toss throw rugs on top of their laminate floor to create a “warmer” room. However, if a rug covers one spot for too long of a period of time, the rug will rub away the shine on the laminate and make the floor look dull. Rotate the sizes of your throw rugs so that the same size rug isn’t sitting at the same spot all the time.
Watch for falling objects. Cans of food, bookends and other hard objects will chip or scratch your laminate floor if they fall onto it. Be as careful as possible when handling heavy items, especially those with sharp corners. If there are places in your home where heavy objects are often dropped-such as in the kitchen-consider covering those areas with a throw rug or mat.
How to Clean Laminate Floors
Use a vacuum cleaner. Little pebbles, rocks and other hard bits of debris can scratch your laminate floor if they’re dragged across the surface. Instead, use a vacuum cleaner to suck up any large bits of dirt that could potentially scratch the laminate floor.
Dust with a plastic mop. Find a mop that doesn’t have metal parts near its head (which is common on some string and sponge mops). Metal will scratch your laminate floor, so a safer bet is a mop made entirely from plastic with a cloth head. Use your mop to gather up the light dust that may be coating your floor.
Use authorized cleaners. Some floor soaps contain detergents or oils that are harmful to your laminate floor. The wrong cleaner could cause your floor to fade or could leave ugly streaks in the finish of your laminate floor. Always use a cleaner that specifically says it is for use on laminate floors.
Spray and mop. Spray the laminate floor cleaner on a large area of the floor, and then lightly mop it with your mop. A little extra scrubbing should be all you need to get up any stubborn stains or spots.
Finish with another dry mop. Another sweep across the floor with a dry mop will help get up any remaining dust and dirt. It will also help buff your laminate floor to a beautiful shine!