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What is the best homemade laminate floor cleaner?

I have dull laminate floors. I have tried a lot of solutions made for laminate floors which leave it dull and filmy. I have heard a solution of vinegar and water works best, but hate the smell. Any suggestions?

I have found so many times that having a laminate floor in our kitchen is slightly a pain merely for the fact that it’s almost impossible to get the floor streak-free when you mop it. My go-to cleaner is typically a swiffer that I use for a quick clean but it leaves streaks all across the flooring. When I really want my floor to look in tip-top shape I use this “concoction” I am about to share with you. It’s a pretty basic one that includes ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. {Even better right?} Check it out…

homemade laminate floor cleaner


  • Dish Soap {I like to use Dawn soap}
  • White Vinegar
  • Water

How To Clean Your Laminate Floors DIY:

Revised version: Simply mix together in a spray bottle the vinegar and water keeping the amount the same for each. {Example: 1 cup of white vinegar, 1 cup of water} Then squirt enough dish soap in the squirt bottle to tint the color but be sure not to add too much as it will make your floors slick.

Spray your laminate floor and dry mop over it going the direction of your flooring. {I like to use my swiffer to go over the sprayed floor but I put a dry cloth in place of where the swiffer pad should be and it works great AND saves $$.}

Once your floor is completely dry you can sit back, relax and enjoy your streak-free floor!

I have had all the same troubles with my laminate floors, which were in my home when I bought. I love the hard flooring, and currently we have 4 dogs, so lots of dirt, dust, leaves, water, snow, ice, pebbles, and whatever else sticks to the two rough coat collies’ coats comes in and lands on my floors. So far, what I’ve found works the best and, ultimately, requires the least time and sweat from me is the following:

1) I vaccuum with a Eureka Pet Lover Plus. I bought it after reading reviews best vacuum cleaner for laminate floors by Getcleaningdone, which has an on/off brushroll for use on hard floors. This machine does an incredible job of vaccuuming hard floors, better than any other machine I’ve tried, and I’ve tried a lot! It gets ALL of the loose debris off the floors and leaves them shiny, except for dirt that must be washed off.

2) I use the Hoover Floor Mate to wash the floors. This machine CAN be used to vaccuum prior to washing, but I have never been shot in the head with its vaccuuming skills, but it blows away every other product I’ve tried for washing the floors and leaving them clean, residue free, and streak free.

The Floor Mate uses a two tank system. One thank holds the clean solution, which the machine sprays, in a misting pattern, onto the floor. With the flip of a switch, a scrubbing brush the width of the head drops down and you can srub the floor as needed to losen stuck on debris. Flip the same switch and the bruch pulls up, leaving a squeege that wipes the floor dry as the vaccuum sucks the dirty water up into the second holding tank. The Floor Mate is easy to take apart and the parts easily rinse clean with just hot water.

These floors are old, and the finish is not good — many scratches and abrasions which were present before I even bought the house, but using this system leaves these floors clean (and I mean walk-on-them-in-white-socks clean!) and as shiny as these old floors will get without refinishing. I imagine that new (or even new-er) laminate floors will shine like they did in the showroom using these machines.

I’d love to know what you used to refinish your floors, as I’d like to give mine a shot. I sure would be nice to have them looking really good for once!