Cleaning laminate floors is a breeze with the right mop. This handy guide will teach you how to clean laminate floors effortlessly so you have more time to put your feet up!
To get started you will need 2 things:#1 Microfiber Mop
First make sure you have the right mop for the job. The best way to clean laminate floors is with a microfiber mop. Microfiber mops glide across the floor picking up dirt and pet hair effortlessly. The swivel heads make it super fast to cover large areas, they get under tables and chairs easily, plus they require less water which is best because laminate flooring warps easily if exposed to water.#2 Cleaning Solution
You can either buy a manufacturer’s cleaning solution or make one yourself (scroll down to see my recipe for homemade laminate floor cleaner below). Either way you’ll need a spray bottle to squirt the cleaning solution onto the mop pad.Quick Instructionsdry mop with your microfiber mop OR use a vacuum on the wood floors setting to suck up big dust bunnies and hair tumbleweedsdampen the microfiber pad with warm water and spray on the cleaning solution of your choicemop the floorwhen the microfiber pad gets too dirty simply – rinse, replace and continuewhen you’re finished rinse the microfiber pad and put it in the washing machine on sanitary washNOT Recommended
Cleaning laminate floors with string mops or sponge mops will take you longer, leave streaky marks and because they use a lot of water will make it easier for moisture to sink into the cracks.
If moisture gets into the laminate core board it can warp the laminate floors over time.
No matter what the manufacturer told you about their floor having an airtight lock system, unless you’ve bought special waterproof laminate flooring with waxed edges I would never recommend using a string or sponge mop on laminate floor. The janitor in our office in Beijing used a string wet dripping mop and the flooring is warping after only two years of use.
Scroll to the bottom of this page to read my do’s and don’ts for caring for laminate flooring, plus bonus tips for removing exotic stains or stubborn marks.3 Best Ways to Start
There’s never one perfect way to do anything which is why I’m going to leave it up to you to choose how you get the big dust bunnies and hair tumble weeds off the floor.
Everyone has their own personal routine and if you’re happier to do things a certain way then stick to it.
Here are the 3 best ways to get rid of the big stuff before you begin mopping with water. I’ve started with the fastest method and ended with the slowest.Run a vacuum over the floor. Make sure it is set on the wood floors setting*OR use the microfiber mop (without water) to get all the big clumps of hair and dust up. You can scrape the debris off and rinse before using the same microfiber pad for wet moppingOR dry dust mop with a Swiffer type sweeper
Top Tip - It is best to sweep or vacuum in the direction that the floor is laid in to collect all the dirt between the grooves instead of trapping it.
*Don’t use a vacuum with a beater bar because it can scratch the laminate floor. If your laminate floor has a high gloss or piano surface I recommend you avoid vacuuming altogether just to be on the safe side and begin with #2 or #3 instead. This is because even if you set the vacuum to the wood floors setting it can still scratch the floor and scratches on high gloss or piano surface are very obvious in the light.Just Add Water
If you’ve already been using yourmicrofiber mop to dry mop the laminate floor, you can either scrape off the debris into a bin, rinse and reattach or simply replace the microfiber pad with a spare one.
Top Tip – it’s good to have a spare pad or two so you always have one to mop up emergency spillages with whilst others are cycling in the wash.prepare your home made cleaning solution in a spray bottle or just grab your branded one from the cupboarddampen the microfiber pad with warm water from the tap (not too soggy) and spray on the cleaning solutionmop the floor – a microfiber mop cuts through gunk with hardly any pushing down or scrubbing, so relax and let the mop do the workwhen the microfiber pad gets too dirty after one or two rooms – rinse, reattach and continue. REMEMBER - You don’t need to haul a bucket of warm water around with you. One microfiber pad can easily last for two rooms or more so you don’t need to rinse it out in the sink very often. There’s no squeegeeing or high-duty wringing like with a string mopwhen you’re finished rinse the microfiber pad in the sink and hang out to dry.After several uses (and the pad appears to be quite discoloured) put it in the washing machine on sanitary wash
And that’s it! Call 602-214-9858 for any questions
By Richard at laminate floor blog