Laminate flooring is one of the most durable flooring types on the market, and it’s important to clean your floors frequently and with the correct cleaning agents. Here is how to safely clean your laminate without damaging the wear layer:
- Sweep regularly. Bristle brooms, microfiber mops, or a vacuum with a flat surface attachment should be used.
- Be cautious with too much water, most planks are not watertight and you do not want to soak the flooring and loosen any glue or get your subflooring wet. The mop should be damp, not soaking wet. Too much water standing in the seams will warp the wood and make them swell.
- Use hot water for mopping, not just lukewarm, so the water evaporates quickly. Use steam mops only if the product says it’s steam mop safe.
- Use a neutral floor cleaning to protect the wear layer. The mop should be damp for stubborn dirt removal that cannot be swept or vacuumed up. Too abrasive of a cleaning agent can burn off the wear layer. Always use cleaners safe for laminates.