Once your laminate flooring from Frank’s is installed and looking great, there are definitely a few things you can do to ensure it stays looking that way. The good news is that laminate is pretty low maintenance, so some basic cleaning is normally enough.
Before using anything on your laminate flooring, it’s best to check the manufacturer’s notes to see which cleaning products can be safely used on your floors.
Besides that, a soft-bristle broom and a mop should normally be good enough to keep it looking as good as new. However, there are a few other simple things you can do to help with day-to-day maintenance and keep your floors clean.
How To Clean Laminate Flooring
From cleaning products to how to deal with spills and dirt and what to do for an intensive clean, at Frank’s we know all the best ways to keep your laminate looking spotless.
Which cleaning products to use
Using a simple solution of vinegar and water, you can clean most laminate flooring. In fact, this is probably better than using a cleaning product that you are unsure about.
Mix one cup of household vinegar with one gallon of water and use a slightly damp mop to clean the flooring. Just be careful not to over wet the floor because this can cause water spots and warping of this type of floor material.
How to deal with spills & dirt
Should you accidentally get dirt or a spill on your laminate flooring, be careful not to use a soaking wet mop on your floor out of panic because this will seep into the underlayers and cause warping.
All spills should be cleaned with a damp cloth and then the residue wiped with a dry cloth immediately afterwards. To keep your floors clean from the start, regularly sweep and vacuum with a hard floor attachment.
How to intensively clean laminate flooring
If your laminate flooring requires a more intensive clean, we recommend using a well-wrung microfibre mop or cloth with suitable cleaning fluid and ensuring the residue is dried up afterwards.
In the case that your floors have substances like candle wax or chewing gum stuck to them, use ice to harden it and then scrape it off using a plastic scraper. Once the substance has been removed, wipe the floor clean with a slightly damp cloth.
How to deal with scratches
Generally, laminate flooring is very hard wearing and durable and can stand up well to everyday life. However, the surface of laminate can still get scratched as a result of heavy footfall, stones and sharp intrusions.
Laminate repair kits are available but prevention is definitely better than cure. Therefore, it’s best to always remove your shoes before walking on laminate in case small stones get stuck in between the grips and cause scratches. Doormats will also help prevent this happening.