What Is The Best Way Cleaning A Fake Wood/Laminate Floors?
June 18, 2018
Does anyone have any tips for cleaning the fake wood/laminate floors that lay down in sections? I clean my apartment roughly three times a week head to toe and for some reason this floor always feels sticky. Right now I’m mainly using a water/pine sol mix with one of those re useable Velcro pads you attach to a mop spray bottle thing. I’ve also noticed that if I scrub the floor hard enough a black/dirt film will come off. Does anyone know what this is? I’m new to the whole cleaning thing since this is my first apartment. Any tips or information would be greatly appreciated! What’s the best way of cleaning laminate flooring. I’ve been sweeping mine but feel all I’m doing is re-distributing the dust and fluff etc. I also go over it with a damp cloth sometimes..(hands and knees job!). Are any of those sweepy/squirty/cleany gadgets any good?
Tips For Cleaning Laminate Floors
We recently had gorgeous laminate installed in our living room and I just had to take the opportunity and ask the installer what he recommended for washing it. Although it’s much easier to care for than real wood flooring and I’ve had it for years in other parts of the house, I want to maintain the high gloss that this one has (it would be a shame for it to dull over time or be plagued with streaks from washing).
My sister-in-law has a tried and true recipe that she finds will give a streak-free result:
- 1/2 cup of vinegar
- 1 to 2 squirts of liquid dish detergent
- Bucketful of warm water (about a gallon)
Using this homemade remedy for the last 7 years hasn’t affected the gloss/shine at all and she would notice it–she’s got very particular eye for that sort of thing. If there are streaks, increase the vinegar amount gradually until the solution is just right.
Did You Know: Many manufacturers require that only their brand of cleaners are used or the warranty is voided. On one hand I understand it (For example: if bleach was used to hose things down–should you really be eligible for all new product under the warranty?), but on the other hand–total ripoff considering there are suitable solutions that are cheap and effective (you’re locked into buying their product for the lifetime of the warranty–which can be up to 30 or 50 years for some brands). Just a heads up that checking the warranty guide first is a good idea before rolling up your sleeves and trying a homemade batch.
Put felt pads on everything, underneath furniture legs, tv stands, coffee tables to help prevent scratching.
Place an area rug in the common seating area (by the couch in front of the tv for example). Helps prevent damage in this high-traffic area as well as a layer of protection for accidental spills from beverages.
Lift furniture when moving pieces rather than sliding them. Remove tough stains like shoe polish, spilled nail polish, tar, etc., with an acetone based nail polish remover.
How To Cleaning Laminate Floors With Vinegar?
Is it safe to clean laminate floors with vinegar? If so, what is the recipe? Yes, it is safe to clean most laminate floors with a solution of vinegar and water, which is yet another reason to love vinegar! Mix 1 cup household vinegar with 1 gallon warm water. Use a slightly damp mop. Do not overwet the floor — water is laminate floors’ enemy, as it can cause water spots or even warping.
When it comes to cleaning laminate wood floors, you don’t have to break the bank or your back. Unlike other expensive types of flooring, laminate wooden flooring is very easy to maintain and clean. All you need is a mix of vinegar and water and you can say goodbye to dust, stains and spots on your laminate flooring. Vinegar is not only the safest way to keep laminate floors clean but also the easiest and the cheapest. Here is how you can use vinegar to clean laminate wood floors.
Sweep or Vacuum the Floors Clean
The first step is to remove any visible particles of dirt and dust on the floors. So, use a vacuum or a broom to sweep away larger pieces of dirt. Remove any items of furniture or carpeting that may block the mop or prevent the floor from getting completely clean.
Making the Vinegar-Water Mix
Depending upon how big your laminate wooden flooring area is, mix half a cup of distilled white vinegar to a gallon or 3.8 liters of water. Fill this solution into spray bottles or let it remain in the bucket if you plan to soak a mop in the solution to wipe the floors clean. This cleaning solution can be easily stored for use every day or made fresh if cleaning weekly.
In case, your laminate wooden flooring has been treated with vegetable oil cleaners, you will need to increase the ratio to 1 cup vinegar in a gallon of water. Vegetable oil cleaners leave behind a residue on the wooden floors and this residue has a negative effect on the sealant.
Choosing the Right Mop
While you can easily use a Clorox or Swiffer mop to wipe the floors clean with the vinegar-water solution, the best would be to use a microfiber cloth or pad. Douse it with the vinegar cleaning solution and then, wipe the floors clean.
How to Mop with the Vinegar Solution
If using spray bottles, simply spray the solution over the area and wipe the floor clean with a microfiber pad or cloth. In case, you’re using a bucket, soak the mop into the solution. Wring it out properly to get rid of excess water and then, run the mop across the floor, repeating the soak and wring step when the mop seems to dry up.
Self-wringing mops can leave extra water on the floor which can lead to warping of the boards. So, ensure that the mop is completely wrung out of excess water and is only damp and not soaking wet when you begin mopping.
Go over the entire floor area and mop thoroughly. You don’t need to rinse. The vinegary smell will disappear on its own in a short while.
This simple vinegar-water solution will keep your laminate wooden flooring clean, streak-free and disinfected easily and economically. In addition, it is also, an eco-friendly option and will be safe for use in homes with small kids and pets.
Homemade Laminate Floor Cleaner
Here’s an excellent recipe for home made laminate floor cleaner that works a treat, especially for cleaning high gloss laminate flooring leaving it completely streak free:
- 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar
- 1 squirt of liquid dish detergent
put it all in a spray bottle and you’re good to go! Making your own homemade laminate floor cleaner will save you from ever needing to buy an expensive manufacturer’s cleaner.
Do and Don’t of Caring for Laminate Flooring:
- Do not use mops like string mops or sponge mops that use a lot of water (remember – if water corrupts the core-board it will cause it to warp!)
- When wet mopping your floor, do not soak the microfiber mop pad just dampen it
- Blot up large spills with a sponge, dry cloth or paper towel. Do not allow puddles to remain on the surface of your laminate floor for a long period of time because they could cause warping
- Remember, laminate floor is not real wood, so you should never wax or polish your laminate flooring
- Do not use anything with chemicals that promotes a clean and shine
- Do not use bleach or abrasive cleaners for cleaning laminate floors
- Never use steel wool or scouring pads because they are renown for scratching surfaces
- Removing Exotic Stains and Stubborn Marks
- Blood: give it spray of window cleaner and wipe with a damp cloth
- Chewing gum: use a plastic knife or something else (non metal) to get under the gum and avoid scratching the floor. Once you’ve prized the worst of it off rub the residue with a soft cloth dampened with mineral spirits
- Crayon: apply mineral spirits to a damp cloth and rub away
- Grease: Freeze with an ice pack until the grease hardens, then scrape off with a plastic knife. Wipe away the remaining residue with a squirt of window cleaner and a damp cloth.
- Ink: Wipe with a damp cloth. Add a little detergent if the stain is stubborn. If it’s very stubborn use a commercial ink remover but be sure to wipe up with a damp cloth once you’re done
- Nail polish: You guessed it, the answer is – nail polish remover. Wipe up with a warm watered damp cloth once your done.
- Red Wine or Coca Cola: wipe with a damp cloth
- Scuffs and heel marks: rub with a pencil eraser. It’s just like correcting your kid’s homework.
We have cork floors throughout our main level. I sweep or vacuum far more than I mop. When I do mop, I use a flat microfiber mop and hot water. We live in the desert on the beach . It is always dusty! Sometimes I add a few drops of Dr. Bronner’s citrus-orange soap. I use the dishpan in the kitchen sink (an inch or two of hot water) and leave it right there. I have two microfiber covers and only need to use them both (in one mopping session) when I seriously neglect the mopping or if we are doing home improvement projects.
I spot clean messes with a rag and hot water; breaking out the vinegar/water spray bottle when necessary (mine’s 40% vinegar 60% water). We have good quality vinyl flooring in our upstairs bathrooms. We just use a rag and hot water to clean those. The installer told us to only use hot water to keep ’em nice for a decade. It has been over a decade now and they still look GREAT!