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How To Clean A Laminate Floor
How To Clean A Laminate Floor

Laminate flooring is incredibly durable, but like any floor, it requires care to maintain its beauty. Taking proper care of your laminate floors will reward you and your home for years to come. Here's some advice to keep your laminate floors looking their very best:

Sweeping & Mopping

Dust and dirt act as an abrasive on a laminate's surface and seriously dull its appearance. This fact of life can be avoided by regular sweeping, dust mopping or vacuuming to remove loose dirt and grime. Either a broom or a vacuum cleaner without a beater [] bar will do the trick. Vacuum cleaner attachments are useful to capture dust and dirt between planks or along edges.

An occasional damp mopping is also recommended. But be careful — laminate flooring can expand when it comes in contact with excessive water. After a damp mopping, a clean cloth should be used to wipe the floor dry.

Placing doormats at each entryway is also a good idea to collect excessive moisture and dirt before they enter your home.

Dos and Don'ts

Do use glides or floor protectors on the bottom of furniture will prevent scratching or abrasion.

Don't use soap-based detergents or mop-and-shine" products.

Do lift heavy furniture instead of dragging or pulling it to avoid scratching and abrasion.

Don't use abrasive cleaners, steel wool or scouring powder.

Do use carpet fragments face down under heavy objects when moving them across a laminate floor.

Don't flood your floor with water or cleaner. For information on steam cleaning laminiate flooring, see our blog post on Floor Talk

Do your spot cleaning and occasional complete cleaning using the manufacturer's recommended products.

Don't try to refinish or sand your laminate floor. Banish this thought from your mind.


While it's not a good idea to drag sharp items or walk across laminate floors with stiletto heels, it's nice to know that replacement products are available. Replacement laminates may be a slightly different dye lot and/or texture than your original installation. With time and usage, however, the replacement product will blend in with the rest of your floor.

With proper care and regular maintenance, laminate flooring will provide you and your home with many years of beauty, warmth and durability.

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By: Carol

good info but still not what I am looking for

By: alan leavy




I think that this article is really helpful! It gives great details as regards what we should and we shouldnt do while cleaning the laminate floor. Thanks a lot!Tooting Carpet Cleaners Ltd.

By: Lois



Please let me know if I need to used professionals to clean the dull coating into my laminated floor

By: R.G. McAlister

By: Ellen



I clicked you Floor Talk blog, but it came up as removed. I am interested in using a steamer to clean my laminate, but I know I need to be careful. Can you offer advice? My floor has a dull coating on it that I cant seem to remove, Ive tried everything! Do you do house calls?

By: veronica



can you mention how to remove mope n glo and other residue from laminate

By: jaa



Well I agree to every word of your article. Floor cleaning must also given importance of maintenance like any other part f home.

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