How to Clean Laminate Floors

How to Clean Laminate Floors
How to Clean Laminate Floors

You've probably chosen laminate flooring for its low-maintenance, long-lasting appeal. Although laminate floors generally require less cleaning than hardwood and other popular types flooring, they still need regular attention to keep them looking their best in high- and medium-traffic environments. 1877FloorGuy is happy to help you with your laminate floor cleaning in residential and commercial spaces using this laminate floor cleaning guide and our expert laminate floor cleaning product suggestions.

Indeed, laminate floors are incredibly durable and long-lasting, but they require a specific cleaning strategy. Make sure to never saturate your laminate floors with excess water or cleaning solution, as this can damage the construction of the laminate. You always want to avoid steam cleaning and wet mopping when cleaning laminate, and make sure to never mop floors with any soap- or oil-based cleaning products. Disregarding these suggestions could cause your laminate floors to warp or swell, which could be irreversible. When you sweep regularly and mop up spills right away, your laminate flooring can last a lifetime.

Here's what you'll need to get started:

The Best Laminate Floor Cleaners

Before you choose a laminate cleaner, you'll want to thoroughly review your flooring manufacturer's care instructions. Many manufacturers recommend a specific floor cleaner and, in some cases, your warranty could be compromised should you opt to use a different product than the one called out by the floor maker. At 1877FloorGuy, we offer brand-specific laminate floor cleaners for Pergo, Mohawk, Mannington, Quick-Step, Shaw, Tarkett, Witex and more. Make sure to select only gentle, non-abrasive cleaners when cleaning laminate.

Not sure which product your flooring manufacturer recommends? Not to worry. If your laminate floor is older or doesn't identify a specific floor care brand, we recommend the use of Bona Laminate Cleaner or Hilway Direct Neutral Cleaner. These cleaners, which are often recommended specifically by top flooring manufacturers, are specifically designed to safely and thoroughly clean laminate. They come in convenient spray-and-wipe and concentrate options to suit your budget and coverage needs. Hilway Direct floor cleaners are recommended for cleaning residential and commercial laminate floors.

Step-by-Step Laminate Floor Cleaning

  1. Test the floor cleaner of your choice in a small, inconspicuous area of the floor to make sure it doesn't negatively affect the floor's finish.
  2. Thoroughly dry mop or vacuum the entire surface of the floor, including beneath furniture and rugs, to remove all surface dirt and dust.
  3. Use your microfiber mop or a microfiber cloth and the laminate floor cleaner of your choice and thoroughly mop the surface of the floors with solution. Repeat as needed, without letting moisture accumulate.
  4. Let floors dry before opening up the room for use.

1877FloorGuy carries a large selection of top-quality laminate floor cleaners and cleaning supplies that are safe for use on laminate floors. If you have any questions about these products, don't hesitate to contact us via phone at 1-877-Floor-Guy (1-877-356-6748) or by e-mail at help@1877floorguy.com.