Tips To Keep Your Laminate Floor Clean
Laminate flooring is a great option if you are looking for a durable and budget-friendly flooring option. One of the great things about laminate is that it is very easy to clean. There are some things to keep in mind when you are cleaning laminate, though. Use these tips to keep your laminate flooring looking like new:
Laminate and Water Do Not Mix
It is a common misconception that laminate is waterproof, and there are a few newer laminates that are waterproof. Most laminates, however, are not waterproof, and standing water can cause the planks to buckle and warp. To avoid water damage:
1. Clean up spills immediately.
2. Do not use excess water to wet mop your floor.
3. Do not use a steam mop. Besides the water, the heat from the steam
mop can also damage the floor.
Regularly Sweep or Vacuum
Keeping your flooring clean of dirt and debris is a must regardless of what type of floor you have, and laminate is no different. By regularly vacuuming (without the beater bar on) or sweeping, you’ll help to prevent dirt from scratching or dulling the floor finish. Doormats will also help to keep dirt out in between sweeping or vacuuming.
Do Not Use Soap Or Oil-Based Cleaners
Oil-Based cleaners, like Murphy’s Oil Soap, is designed for hardwood flooring, not laminate. Using oil-based cleaners or soap can cause a streaky film on your floor, or even worse it could potentially damage your flooring.
Other than a cleaning product that is specially designed for laminate, Pergo recommends a mixture of 1 cup vinegar to 1 gallon warm water to clean your floors.
Laminate is one of the easiest flooring types to keep clean, as long as you remember to keep water, soap, and oil-based cleaners off of it. Follow these tips, and you’ll have a beautiful flooring that you will love for years to come.
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