In today’s market, Laminate Flooring is the perfect choice for your home. Laminate flooring can mimic the look of wood, marble or even ceramic tile. It is an option most home owners opt for as it is budget friendly with excellent quality. No extra care is required to maintain laminate flooring. It has high resistance to stains and wear and tear.
Daily maintenance is required to keep your laminate free from dust, dirt and scratches. Harsh chemicals mustn’t be used as they can damage the flooring.
Below you can find some useful tips as to how you can keep your laminate flooring clean:
Sweep the floor regular basis: Laminate flooring is mostly scratch resistant, but excess dirt or debris can cause marks if left without cleaning. Sweeping regularly can prevent these minor scratches. A simple dry dust mop can do wonders to your floor if done on a regular basis. You can also use a vacuum cleaner but do not use the hard bristles attachment as it can cause further damage.
Spills!!! Clean up immediately: If there is a spill of any sort do not leave it to dry. Simply use a cloth or a sponge and clean up as soon as possible. If any kind of liquid is left to sit for longer periods of time, it can damage the protective layer of your flooring.
First soak up the liquid with a dry cloth. Then with a damp cloth spot clean the area where the spill happened. Then dry the spot with a dry and a soft cloth. Never allow the area to be wet.
How to clean blood stains: Spray a bit of a window cleaner on the stain and wipe it immediately with a damp soft cloth
Chewing gum: First let the gum harden by placing a pack of ice. Then scrape away the gum with a plastic knife; never use a metal knife as it can further damage the flooring. After removing the gum use a damp cloth to wipe the floor clean. You can use a mineral spirits.
Soda/wine stains: These are comparatively easy stains to get rid of. All you need is a soft damp cloth and you can wipe your floor clean.
Crayons/ ink marks: For crayon marks you may need to apply a bit of a mineral spirit to a damp cloth to remove crayon marks on your flooring. For ink stains, add a mild detergent or an ink remover to a soft cloth. After you clean it with either, make sure to clean it again with a damp cloth soaked in warm water.
Stains from nail polish/shoe polish/heel marks: Best solution is to use a little bit of nail polish remover to a soft cloth and scrub till the stain is cleaned out. After the cleaning is done, wipe the area with another soft damp cloth. Heel marks can be cleaned simply by using an eraser.
Grease stains: First and foremost do not try to remove the grease marks when they are still wet. Let it dry and place a pack of ice or any frozen packet on the greased area. Let the stain freeze. Now, scrape it using a plastic knife, never use a metal knife. After scraping it off, spray a little window cleaner on the spot and wipe it using a damp cloth.
Some extra tips for maintaining your laminate flooring:
- One of the best ways to clean laminate flooring is to use warm/hot water, as this does not leave streaks. As water is considered to be the best cleanser, it is less likely to damage the flooring.
- Sweep or vacuum the floor on a daily basis to prevent dust or dirt to accumulate as this may scratch your floor.
- Always use a soft damp cloth.
- Never use metal items to clean or scrape your floor.
- Never have puddles of water sitting on your laminate as this may damage your flooring.
Maintaining laminate floors is an easy job if done in the right way.