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Cleaning Laminate Floors – How To

ID-100153360-198x300Laminate flooring is one of the most durable kinds of flooring that you can put in your home or office. It is very low maintenance but it can become scratched easily with dirt and high-heeled shoes. There are certain procedures for cleaning laminate floors before maintenance can be performed. Cleaning this kind of flooring is not difficult; you just have to make sure that you have the right tools and use the proper cleaning solutions.

Cleaning Laminate Floors – Step 1

Remove all movable furniture from the room. Make sure you do not drag the furniture but pick it up and move it. You also can put a towel down, pick up the furniture and place it on the towel and then drag the towel out of the room.

Step 2

Dry mop the floor removing all dirt, dust and debris. You may need to do this more than once to remove all loose dirt and debris.

Step 3

Make a mopping solution by mixing 1 quart of white distilled vinegar to 1 gallon of warm water. Mix it in the mop bucket and stir around.

Pre-mixed laminate floor cleaning solutions are also sold, and are easy to find at Home Depot, Lowes or Menards.

Step 4

Mop the floor moving with the direction of the grain, if there is one. If there no grain, then mop from one end of the room to the other, re-wetting your mop often, making sure to wring your mop out before applying to the floor. Air dry the floor.

Warnings

  • Never use abrasive surfaces on the laminate flooring because the laminate will scratch easily.
  • Never use only water or let water set on laminate flooring for long periods of time, this will cause the boards to warp and dimenish the aesthetic appeal of the flooring.

References

  • WFCA: How to Clean Laminate
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