Laminate floors are an affordable, yet good looking and durable flooring option.  They’re easy to install and give you a wide range of colours and looks to choose from.  They’re also quite easy to keep clean if you follow some simple instructions.  To help you keep it in tip top condition, we’ve put together a list of five tips for cleaning laminate flooring.

Daily Sweeping

The best way to keep your laminate floor clean is to give it a good sweeping on a daily basis.  This will remove dust and abrasives such as small pebbles which can lead to scratches.  Some people prefer microfiber brooms, but a regular household broom will do the job just as well.

Immediately Clean Up Spills

Laminate floors and moisture do not go together.  Moisture can seep into the cracks and cause the floorboards to expand and warp.  For this reason, it’s necessary to wipe up any spills as soon as they happen.  

Spot Cleaning

If you find dirt spots on your floor, scrub them off with a slightly damp cloth or sponge.  You don’t want to be wet mopping a laminate floor.  For spots that aren’t easily removable using a damp cloth, a bit of nail polish remover will help.  Just make sure the area is completely dry when you’re done.

Total Surface Cleaning

If you need to give your entire floor surface a wipe down, slightly dampen a microfiber broom with a solution of vinegar and water.  The broom head should be barely moist to the touch – definitely not dripping wet.  Wipe the broom over the floor to sanitize the surface and pick up stuck-on dirt.  If the floor is damp afterwards, go over it with a dry microfiber broom to wick up any moisture.

Avoid Abrasives

You don’t want to use any kind of abrasive material or cleaner on a laminate floor.  Things like steel wool or vacuum cleaner with a beater brush head shouldn’t be used on laminate flooring.  If you are going to use a cleaner, make sure it’s designed specifically for use on laminate flooring or use a weak vinegar solution.