how to clean laminate wood flooringAt Property Crew we are used to cleaning just about every surface known to mankind when it comes to property. 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 two things:

No 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.

No 2 – Cleaning Solution

You can either buy a manufacturer’s cleaning solution or make one yourself (scroll down to see a 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 Instructions

First dry mop with your microfiber mop OR use a vacuum on the wood floors setting to suck up big dust and larger debris. Dampen the microfiber pad with warm water and spray on the cleaning solution of your choice
Mop the floor
When you’re finished rinse the microfiber pad and put it in the washing machine

NOT 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 and warp the laminate flooring over time.

If moisture gets into the laminate core board it can warp the laminate floors quite badly.

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.

 

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 cleaning as suggested above. 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.

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:

  1. Three parts water to 1 part vinegar
  2. One squirt of liquid dish detergent
  3. Put it all in a spray bottle and you’re good to go!