THE BEST WAY TO CLEAN LAMINATE FLOORS
There’s a common misconception that the best way to clean laminate floors is the same way you would take care of a hardwood floor. But this is simply not the case! Whilst laminate mimics the look of wooden flooring, laminate is far more susceptible to water damage and harsh chemical cleaning methods.
But don’t worry, we’re going to walk through the best way to clean laminate floors step by step with no hassle.
GETTING THAT LAMINATE FLOOR SHINE WITHOUT HARSH CHEMICALS
If you are looking to get that laminate floor shine without it coming at a cost to your health, it’s really important to choose a cleaner that doesn’t contain any chemical hidden nasties.
Chemicals typically found in floor cleaners such as phthalates, triclosan can contribute towards allergies, breathing problems like asthma, endocrine disruption and fertility concerns. Choosing a non-toxic alternative that can still clean your floors powerfully will help you get that laminate floor shine whilst still keeping the air in your home free from toxic nasties.
HOW TO DEEP CLEAN LAMINATE FLOORS
We recommend striving to deep clean laminate floors one to two times a month for the best results. But it’s important to choose the right method to avoid accidental damage. Let’s take a deep dive…
1. Read the instructions
Many manufacturers will have specific guides for how to deep clean your laminate floor. It might be worth checking the company’s website to see if they have any advice tailored to the flooring you have.
2. Brush or vacuum carefully
It’s very important to first remove dust, dirt and debris before mopping. But steer clear of using anything abrasive that could scratch or damage your laminate floors. For example, you could opt for a soft-bristled broom. Or, if vacuuming, make sure your attachments are suitable for smooth flooring, such as a soft brush attachment.
3. Choose the right floor cleaner
Choosing the right floor cleaner is crucial. Floor cleaners filled with harsh chemicals like bleach and ammonia can cause irreversible damage to laminate, even if heavily diluted. We suggest opting for a natural, non-toxic alternative which will still get the job done without damaging your floors or causing you to inhale toxins.
Spruce Floor Cleaner is totally non-toxic and will leave your laminate floors spotless without damage. And a big bonus - it’s plastic-free too which is far better for the planet. Simply dissolve one teaspoon in three litres of water (or adjust measurements down if using less water) and you are ready to go!
4. Mop carefully
Laminate isn't as strong as other flooring options, so it’s important to choose the correct mopping method.
Devices like steam cleaners, buffers, and polishers can damage laminate. We recommend a sponge mop or spray mop if possible.
If you are using a traditional mop and bucket versus a bottle mop, do be careful to make sure that you wring out your mop properly as using too much water can cause seeping into the seams and cause damage, such as bubbling and swelling. If you accidentally find you’ve used too much water, dry it immediately with a towel as big puddles of water can stain and discolour your laminate.
5. Tackle any tough stains
It’s always better to tackle spills and stains as soon as they happen, with a cleaning cloth or dry mop. As previously mentioned, liquids can damage laminate floors, so it’s critical to minimise exposure to them.
But if for whatever reason, you have a stain that won't budge with regular cleaning, you can try a natural cleaning hack. We recommend cutting a lemon in half and rubbing it on the stain to help lift it gently. For scuff marks, try rubbing a pencil eraser and then wiping it with a cloth and some multipurpose cleaner spray.
6. Make sure your floor is left dry
After mopping and tackling stains, if you are left with any wetness, finish by going over it with a dry mop or dry microfibre cloth.
THE BEST LAMINATE CLEANER
The best laminate cleaner for your floors is one that is non-abrasive, non-toxic, and cleans powerfully.
We recommend checking out Spruce Floor Cleaner which is suitable for most sealed flooring. Scented with Bergamot, Patchouli and Geranium essential oils blend. And with the compostable, plastic-free packaging, it’s not just the best laminate cleaner for your home, but also for the planet.