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Laminate floors are a convenient and inexpensive way to spruce up any living space. They offer the look of hardwood floors without the need for constant maintenance, but that doesn’t mean your floors will stay clean forever.
This article will discuss how to mop laminate floors and some basic tips on keeping your laminated flooring looking its best!
What Are Laminate Floors?
Laminate floors are synthetic flooring that resembles real hardwood, laminated together with a high-pressure laminate. They’re very durable and easy to install on your own.
They are the latest trend in the flooring industry. They come pre-finished and laminated, which means you can install your floors without having to purchase an installer for a smooth and shiny finish. There is no need for special tools or chemicals when installing laminate floors, so it’s one of the most affordable types of wood flooring on the market today.
Hiring a professional laminate installation company will cost you anywhere from $1-$3 per square foot installed while doing it yourself. Laminated flooring kits cost only around $0.35 per square foot installed. Plus, DIY laminate installation saves time as well as money!
But what about maintenance? How do you keep your new laminate floors clean and laminated?
How to Mop Laminate Floors Properly: Step-by-Step Instructions
There’s no need for harsh chemicals or cleaners with these floors. As long as you’re using the proper mop and water, laminate wood floors can be cleaned just like any other hardwood surface.
There are many different types of laminated flooring, but the majority will require some damp mopping or dry sweeping. Follow the steps below:
Step 1: Fill Your Bucket
Fill your bucket with hot water (just off the boil) and add a few drops of liquid soap or detergent to cut down on streaking if necessary.
Step 2: Rinse Laminate Wood Floors
The next step to cleaning laminate floors is to rinse with water. Mopping with a laminate floor cleaner is likely to leave residue on the laminate surface.
To avoid this, start by cleaning laminate flooring with regular tap water with liquid soap. Pour the bucket of water onto the floor, and then use your mop to sponge up any standing water. If you don’t want to use a bucket, simply direct a steady stream of water from a hose to the laminate floor to rinse it clean.
Step 3: Wipe Laminate Floor With Microfiber Mop
Dip a microfiber mop into your bucket of water, wringing it out so that only about an inch or two worth of excess water remains in the bottom of the mop head. You want your mop head damp but not wet.
Use your microfiber mop to wipe up any debris. You want a nice even layer of water across the laminate floor without too much excess liquid pooling or dripping off the edge of your mop.
Go about mopping in the usual fashion: going over each section with an overlapping stroke or a back and forth motion. Don’t press too hard on laminate floors, as they’re not nearly as durable as real wood flooring!
Step 4: Apply Solution for Cleaning Laminate Floors
Apply laminate floor cleaner onto one section using a mop’s built-in scrubber. Work each area in long, even strokes so that the cleaning solution is spread evenly.
Step 5: Rinse With Clean Water
Once your laminate wood floors have been thoroughly cleaned, run a fresh bucket of tap water across the laminate to rinse it one last time before allowing it to dry completely.
Step 6: Dry Thoroughly
Wipe your laminate wood floors until no excess moisture remains on the surface. Allow the flooring to dry at least 24 hours after mopping before walking or standing on it.
Step 7: Vacuum Laminate Floor
Vacuum laminate flooring with laminate-specific vacuum cleaner attachment. After allowing laminate to dry for 24 hours, use the microfiber mop and wet/dry vacuum to remove any remaining debris and lint from your laminated wood floors.
How to Clean Laminate Floors: Maintenance Tips
There’s no need to spend hundreds on expensive cleaning products in the care of laminated wooden flooring.
The main thing you need to know about how to maintain laminate floors are the following:
Never Use Harsh Chemicals to Clean Your Laminate Floors
It’s best not to use any detergents, ammonia, or vinegar. These chemicals may damage the floor surface and leave them looking dull and worn out.
The best types of agents to clean laminate wood floors are those that have a pH between six and seven, which is neutral. You should also avoid cleaners that contain chlorine bleach, as they can damage laminate flooring.
Clean Up Spills Immediately
If you have kids or pets at home, spilling water and other liquids is inevitable. The best way to clean laminate floors quickly is by blotting the liquid with an absorbent towel rather than wiping it.
If you happen to spill something or have fresh spills during meal times, blot the laminated floor with a dry microfiber cloth instead of wiping to remove the liquid. This will help avoid scratching the floor surface, which can happen when you accumulate dirt by repeatedly wiping it around.
Clean Laminate Wood Floors Regularly
When mopping laminate floors, you should first sweep and clear the room of any large debris or surface dirt that may have fallen onto your laminate flooring. Next, dampen a microfiber cloth with warm water and wring it out so that the soft cloth is not too wet but also not completely dry either. Finally, wipe the laminate floor in the direction of the grain with the damp mop until it is spotless.
Be sure to dry the floor area thoroughly before walking on them with bare feet or allowing pets back into the room, as laminate flooring can scratch easily when damp. If you have a humid home, dried stuck-on dirt may turn black and become very hard to clean, so be sure to mop laminate wood floors often.
Maintain Your Floors
Laminated wooden floors are very easy to clean and maintain. As far as maintenance goes, just remember to sweep with a soft bristle broom or vacuum your floors at least once a week.
If you have pets that shed hair constantly, you may have to clean your floors more often. Try not to let pet hair accumulate as it can be very difficult to clean up. Keep your pet’s nails trimmed as well.
If crumbs are an issue, they can be swept up like any other hard surface. If you have laminated wooden floors with a textured surface, use a vacuum cleaner to remove the crumbs.
You can also use a laminate floor cleaner specifically designed to clean laminated floors, although these are unnecessary for routine cleaning. You can use a dust mop once or twice per week, depending on how much traffic the room gets each day. Make sure you don’t leave your damp mop sitting in one spot too long, as the flooring can become damaged if left wet for too long.
If you have laminated wooden flooring in your kitchen or bathroom where moisture is present from the shower steam or cooking vapors, be sure to use a laminated mopping cloth instead of a regular mop head so that water doesn’t remain sitting on laminate for too long and cause damage.
Disinfect Laminate Floors
Deep cleaning laminate floors require disinfecting surfaces regularly. Use a laminate flooring-specific disinfectant and cleaning solution for deeper cleaning in the kitchen or bathroom.
Prevent Stains and Discoloration
Don’t let it dry on laminate floors if you spill something because that can lead to stains and discoloration. It is difficult to remove tough stains.
If your laminated wood floor becomes stained over time despite regular cleaning with laminate cleaner, use baking soda mixed with water for spot cleaning. Apply the mixture to the affected area and scrub gently with a slightly damp cloth.
Make sure you don’t mix too much baking soda with water, as that can result in a very thick paste which is difficult to remove from laminated wood floors. You may use an old toothbrush or kitchen brush to spread the mixture over laminate wood flooring and then wipe it off thoroughly once finished with this method.
Things to Remember When Mopping Laminate Floors
There are a few things you should keep in mind when mopping laminate floors:
- Don’t use the same bucket of water to clean laminated and real wood surfaces without emptying it first. The soap residue will affect laminated flooring in the same way it would hardwood floors.
- Never use vinegar or ammonia-based solutions when mopping laminate floors, as these can damage laminated surfaces over time. When used in combination with water, vinegar and ammonia will create an acidic solution that may damage laminate flooring.
- Don’t lean too hard on laminated surfaces, as they are not nearly as durable as real wood flooring! Too much pressure on these floors will leave scuff marks.
- Never use steel wool as this flooring type is laminated with paper, and anything abrasive can tear the laminate layer away.
- Never allow laminate-specific cleaners or cleaning agents to sit on laminated surfaces for extended periods of time. Using these cleaners is necessary to preserve that glossy shine and protect your investment, but they should not be allowed to sit for more than a few minutes at most.
- Never use a steam mop on laminated surfaces, as the high heat can damage the flooring over time. Be sure to follow your manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning laminated surfaces.
- Do not use laminate-specific cleaners on unsealed laminated surfaces, as this may cause damage over time. Unsealed laminated flooring is more porous than other laminated surfaces and therefore should only be cleaned with distilled water to prevent any issues with the sealant used in manufacturing these types of floors.
- If laminate wood flooring is exposed to direct sunlight, use specific cleaners or distilled water with a microfiber mop to clean them regularly so that they do not fade over time! Try and keep laminated surfaces out of direct sunlight when possible to prevent damage from occurring.
- One gallon of water is enough for mopping most small to medium-sized homes with laminate floors. To mop laminated flooring in a large home, you may need to use more water or mop multiple times throughout the house.
- Don’t use a nail polish remover or a hardwood floor cleaner to clean laminate floors. These cleaning agents can damage laminated surfaces eventually.
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use when mopping laminate floors, as each brand may have different recommendations! Remember that laminate flooring is a thin layer of wood with a paper backing and, therefore, should not be treated as real hardwood or other types of laminates.
Maintaining Your Floors
As you can see from this article, they’re an inexpensive way to give your home the look of real hardwood flooring without the tiring upkeep.
Maintaining laminate floors is so easy, and if you follow our guidelines for how to mop laminate floors, the results will be excellent!
If you have tips on maintaining your floors and carpeting, let us know in the comments. We’re excited to hear from you!