How to Clean Laminate Floors

Laminate floors give hardwood floors a run for their money. Made with wood products but not solid wood, laminate can mimic virtually every type of hardwood floor out there. But just having laminate floors doesn't automatically keep them looking nice, you have to work to keep them that way. Luckily, for you, we have a few tips that will take the bore out of the chore.

How to clean laminate floors

Laminate floors need a little care to stop them from scuffing, so get great results and keep your floors looking as good as new with our cleaning tips.  

  1. Care for them on a regular basis. You can start with a dry cloth to remove the everyday dirt and dust from the surface of your floors. Doing this can reduce the amount of scratches that grit and foot traffic can cause.

  2. Prevention is better than a cure. A good thing about laminate flooring is that it’s stain resistant. The tough surface makes it easy to clean stains you may encounter from day to day. But, it’s important to get those sticky stains before they dry. Use a laminate-friendly floor cleaner mop, like Flash Speedmop, that breaks down tough sticky messes, so even if you miss a spot, you can clean it with little physical effort. It’s that easy.

  3. Be gentle. Yes, laminate floors are as durable as vinyl floors, but certain customary techniques can be harmful to the shine. It’s important to purchase products that are safe for your floors to prevent hazing and film build up. Hazing and film attract more dirt and dust, and can ultimately lead to streaks on your floor. Powermop is perfect for a job like this. Flash Powermop combines its trusted streak-free shine with

    pads. It’s a win-win! You get the clean you want without sacrificing that much-loved

    laminate floor shine. Score!

  4. Take care with water. Using water to clean your floors can be tricky. If not used the right way, it can travel and hide between the laminate boards. When that happens, your once-beautiful floors could become warped and lumpy. And that’s enough to make a grown man cry. For laminate, you can use a steam cleaner or Speedmop and wet cloth

The best way to clean laminate floors: Further tips

If you’re looking to keep your laminate floors in great shape, there are a few easy things you should remember. 

  • Leave your shoes at the door to prevent tracking dirt and grit inside.

  • Use entry mats to help collect dirt and sand.

  • Keep a small broom, a Speedmop or Powermop near doors with high traffic to knock out messes before they have time to build up.

  • Keep napkins and sponges handy to clean spills as they occur.

  • Use mats in the kitchen to catch food or liquid if spilled.

  • Open food packages over the sink or countertop. Use a dustpan and brush or a vacuum cleaner to collect the messes that fall on the floor.

  • Trim your pet’s nails. It can drastically reduce the amount of scratches on your floors.

  • Keep your floors dry. A mat under your pet’s water bowl can absorb excess water.

  • Use felt under furniture legs and appliances to cut down on the scratches and scrapes.

  • When moving heavy furniture, lift. Don’t slide.

  • Area rugs are good at protecting your floors, especially in rooms where you entertain the most.

Keep those laminate floors looking their best with our tips and a little help from Flash’s fabulous mops. Get more tips on how to clean floors and your house will be clean and flashy in no time.