How To Clean Laminate Floors

Are you looking for information on how to clean laminate floors?

There are lots of online articles on how to do it but I suggest that you follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. Not only to make sure that the cleaning of the floor is done as efficiently as possible, but also so you will be doing everything you can to keep the warranty in force.

Here are some tips from different flooring manufacturers:

Quick*Step Laminate Floors

Quick*Step flooring, which is used by more of my customers than any other, has a product called Quick*Step Quick Clean. It comes in a spray bottle and, according to the company, was developed to hygienically clean and maintain Quick*Step floors with little effort.

The company also sells the Quick*Step Cleaning Kit, which consists of a mop and mophead, a bottle of Quick Clean and cleaning instructions.

You can’t go wrong cleaning your Quick*Step floors with this option. Replacement mopheads are also available.

Shaw Laminate Flooring

Shaw has a set of guidelines for cleaning your laminate flooring: 

  • Use a damp cloth to immediately clean up spills.
  • For bad spots like paint, oil, lipstick, marker pens or ink, they suggest cleaning with acetone/nail polish remover that has been applied to a white cloth. Afterwards they suggest wiping the area with a damp cloth to get up any residue.
  • They recommend sweeping, dusting or vacuuming the floor regularly with the hard floor attachment. (Do not use the beater).
  • Periodically clean the floor with laminate floor care products. Their brand, Shaw R2X Hard Surfaces Flooring Cleaner, is recommended.
  • Do not wash or wet mop with any other substance like water, soap, detergent or any other cleaning material that is not specifically made for cleaning laminate floors. The reason, according to Shaw, is that “This could cause swelling, warping, delamination, and joint-line separation, and void the warranty.” 
  • Steel wool, strong ammoniated (or chlorinated) type cleaners, as well as abrasive cleaners are not to be used. 
  • Buffing or polishing machines are not to be used. 

I hope that these tips on how to clean laminate floors have been helpful.

My number one suggestion is to only use laminate flooring cleaning products made by the manufacturer of the floor that you have installed. And only use them in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines.

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