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How to Clean and Maintain Laminate Floors

Laminate flooring can be reminiscent of a plethora of different materials, such as wood flooring or stone flooring. But luckily, laminate floors are actually easier to clean and maintain and stronger against the daily wear and tear of foot traffic, Like all types of flooring, cleaning them regularly is essential for their longevity. 

Here is what the flooring experts consider the best way to clean and maintain laminate floors.

Ways to Clean and Maintain Laminate Floors

1. Sweep, Vacuum, and Mop Regularly 

Regular sweeping and weekly vacuuming does wonders for your laminate flooring. It keeps dirt and debris at bay, your floors looking their best, and keeps anything hazardous from settling in, like mold and mildew. After you’ve swept, it’s always a good idea to run a vacuum over the space for any stray debris, especially in households with a lot of people or pets. 

Once you’ve finished sweeping and/or vacuuming, weekly mopping is also key. Mopping will clean up set-in dust, dirt, hair, and other hazards. It’ll make your floors feel and look clean and help keep them in top shape. Deep cleaning once in a while is also highly recommended. This may require more spot treatment with a soft rag which we will discuss shortly.

Pro tip: Don’t use a sopping wet mop or harsh chemicals. Often, a non-abrasive cleaner or even lukewarm water does the trick. 

2. Spot and Deep Cleaning

If there are stains or other imperfections on your laminate floors, you can in fact hyperfocus on and remedy them to make your flooring look its best. 

Use a microfiber towel to clean up stains or spills immediately. Letting things set will only cause mold and mildew issues or hurt the integrity of your flooring.

Luckily, laminate floors are strong enough to withstand certain types of cleaner, like nail polish remover or acetone, to clean stains that have more color or oily texture. By spot and deep cleaning, your floors won’t slowly decay or have long-term issues, allowing them to last their full intended lifecycle.

3. Protect Your Laminate Flooring

In addition to regular cleaning, regular proactive maintenance is key. Again, never use abrasive or acidic cleaners. You can find a laminate floor cleaner that suits your flooring.

If cleaning and maintaining laminate wood flooring, you won’t be buffing them or repurposing, like real hardwood flooring. Using the same techniques we’ve discussed work across the board for all types of laminate flooring. 

Another great way to protect your laminate flooring is from foot traffic and heavy furniture. Place rugs and mats where there is the most foot traffic, especially at entrances, where kids play, and where pets relax. Putting felt pads on the legs of furniture is also highly recommended so that furniture doesn’t dent your flooring. 

Call the Professionals

For the best tips and laminate flooring installation, it’s always best to work with the pros. Upon installation, they will walk you through the best cleaning and maintenance techniques. If you’re in the Nashville, TN, area, and are looking for beautiful laminate flooring for your home or business, contact Ozburn-Hessey today!

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