How to Deep Clean Laminate Floors

Alex Mcil author
Alex Mcil

Cleaning laminate floors doesn’t sound very exciting, especially if you feel that household chores are getting on top of you. We’ve all been there, making an even bigger mess in an attempt to do the opposite.

The good thing is, we have done research so you don’t have to. Knowing what steps, products and technique to use is of great help for cleaning laminate floors. Some music to get you moving, too. With this kind of approach, cleaning laminate floors doesn’t have to be a tiresome process either.

Here is how you can deep clean laminate flooring in an easy and professional way without streaks and have fun at the same time.

How to deep clean and protect laminate floors

Before Cleaning Your Laminate Floors

Before you clean your laminate floors, take a look around your home. Have you already cleaned your home, vacuumed your rugs, removed dust from the shelves and collected spider web on the ceiling? You want to clean your home quickly before you actually start the cleaning process for your laminate floor.

Deep cleaning has many merits and enables you to live and breathe in the clean environment that’s safe for your health. This involves deep cleaning your mattress and floors, among other parts of the home. Make it a weekly routine to clean your home and laminate floor.

Make Your Clean Tool Kit

The first thing to consider are the products you should use. Here is a list of natural cleaners, bought cleaners and cleaning tools to make your cleaning kit.

Natural cleaners

Personally, I tend to use homemade, natural cleaners such as the following ones:

  • White wine vinegar – removes grease & acts as a mild disinfectant
  • Soda bicarbonate – a mild abrasive cleaner and deodoriser
  • Rubbing alcohol

If you make your own cleaning products, you control the ingredients and you save some money, too. For instance, you can combine vinegar and water solution by mixing three parts of water and one part vinegar.

Besides, there are fewer toxins which make the environment more pleasant and safer for pets and children. Finally, you reduce the probability of triggering allergies and/or asthma.

Store-bought cleaning products

Store-bought cleaning products seem like an easy way to go, but not all of them are good.

AVOID:

  • abrasive cleaners
  • liquid dish detergent
  • acidic cleaners
  • soaps
  • steel wool
  • oil-based cleaners
  • abrasive floor polishers
  • harsh chemicals

Instead, opt for products that are specifically designed for cleaning laminate flooring.

Required Cleaning Tools

Here’s a list of cleaning products you will need in order to keep your laminate floor clean:

  • rubber gloves
  • spray bottle
  • paper towel
  • microfiber cloth
  • soft bristle broom
  • sponge
  • mop for cleaning
  • bucket

Avoid steam cleaners at all costs as too much moisture will get under the laminate and damage it. This also means avoiding using a steam mop.

Steps To Take During The Cleaning Process

Make space

Now that you’ve got your kit assembled, let’s see how to deep clean laminate floors.

First, remove any furniture. Lift chairs or bar stools onto a table or remove them form the room altogether. You don’t want to miss any areas when you clean.

Pick up any door mats or rugs, shake them outside or leave them outside to air. This will make it easier for you to clean your laminate floors.

Sweep the floor

The next thing you want to do is sweep the floor using a soft bristle broom to avoid any scuff marks. Try to get into every corner of your home. Alternatively, you can collect dirt and dust by using a vacuum cleaner.

Vacuuming the floor

Regular vacuuming is crucial. Don’t forget to flip any rugs and carpets over and vacuum the undersides to remove as much dust and dirt as possible in order to avoid recontaminating the floor after cleaning it.

Do a once over the laminate floor with the vacuum cleaner. Ideally, you want to use a soft brush attachment so as to minimize the risk of scratching the floor.

In any case, make sure your floors have no dirt or dust on them before you continue with the deep cleaning process.

Organization & preparation

Get all your tools ready, which is the kit you have previously made. When it comes to using water, try to limit it to the absolute minimum since wood laminate floor and even water-resistant laminate floors are susceptible to water.

That said, opt for products specifically designed for laminate floor cleaning. Avoid using oil-based products too. Get your microfiber floor mop which will absorb any excess water from the floor.

Break up it into smaller sections

It is easier to think about the floor in sections. Visualize a square in every corner, starting from the one that it is the furthest from the door.

This will make you more motivated to clean the floors because you can check a mental box saying “Corner 1-Done”. Doing this in manageable sections prevents overwhelm as you are completing mini tasks.

Get cleaning

After removing dust and dirt from the floor, it is time to get wet (but not too wet). There are two ways to do this depending on the kind of mop you have.

Modern dust mop

Ideally, your laminate floor mop should have a small plastic bottle attached to it which you can just fill with cleaning solution.

If that’s the case, simply pour your laminate floor cleaner solution in the bottle, attach it back to the mop, spray the floor and mop until dry. This cleaning method is the best for keeping laminate floors clean and free of streaks, while saving your time and money. No rinsing off is necessary.

You can simply go over the floor again with a dry microfiber cloth, but this step is optional.

Traditional mop

Now, if you are using a traditional mop, you want to fill a bucket with warm to hot water and dissolve a laminate floor cleaner of your preference. Dip the mop into the bucket and try to get as much excess water off as possible.

Then, use the wet mop and start cleaning the floor. At this point, you will see floor streaks and excess liquid and that’s completely okay.

Having mopped the entire laminate floor, it is time to use a dry microfiber cloth and wipe the floor dry with it. Make sure it is dry and not a damp cloth because you want to dry the floor and eliminate any streaks. Alternatively, you can use a dry microfiber mop because it is easier on the back and knees.

Keep windows open

Always keep windows open when cleaning so your floor will dry out faster and any air-borne toxins can escape instead of sticking out your house.

Use floor shine

One final step, making the floor shine. Make sure the product you are using is specifically designed for laminate flooring. It’s important to check it doesn’t contain any formaldehyde, strong fragrance or ammonia.

Simply squirt your floor shine product onto the floor and spread it with mop until you see your own reflection clearly. This will give your laminate floors a protective coating and a lovely shine to it!

Violà, there you have it. Your floor should be ready for rolling the red carpet onto it.

What If You Spill…

Cleaning laminate floors with no marks or spots on them seems fairly easy, right? Now, what if you spill nail polish or paint and leave it to dry? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Nail polish

When painting our nails, we can occasionally get it on the furniture or floor. Using an acetone nail polish remover will remove the stain easily in most cases.

However, if you spill it on the rug, then you have a bigger problem. The go-to product is, believe it or not, window cleaner. Apply it directly to the stain and remove it using a white cloth while doing circular motions. Rinse with warm water afterwards.

Paint stains

Now, paint can be a tricky problem to tackle on the hardwood floors if you leave it for a few hours to dry.

It will normally come out with ease using washing-up liquid by rubbing it first with a cloth or a damp mop and then leaving it for 30 minutes. Wipe with a dry white cloth afterwards.

Alternatively, grab your microfiber cloth and combine equal parts of vinegar, water, rubbing alcohol and a few drops of dish detergent in a small bucket. Dip it and wipe the paint stain using the damp microfiber cloth.

Final Word

Cleaning helps not only tidy up your house but also your life. It helps to reduce stress, increase productivity, relieve tension, alleviate allergies, improve safety and deter pets among others. Besides, cleaning keeps you fit.

Finally, create a cleaning calendar, choose a time of the day when you feel fully motivated to clean the floors, remove any distractions and listen to music. This will help you sustain your motivation for cleaning the laminate floors regularly and make the most of your cleaning efforts.

Frequently Asked Questions
✓ How Do You Get Dirt off the Laminate Floors?

First, you want to remove all the dirt and dust from the laminate floors. Then, you want to use a microfiber mop and a mild cleaner specifically designed for laminate flooring. Finally, you want to go over the floor with a dry microfiber cloth.

✓ Why Are My Laminate Floors Still Dirty After Mopping?

In all likelihood, you haven't swept or vacuumed your laminate floors prior to mopping. This is the first step that you want to do. Another reason is that you have mopped your floor with a dirty microfiber cloth. Sometimes, the dirt on the mop is not so easy to spot. Make sure your tools are all clean when you start using them.

✓ Is Vinegar Good for the Laminate Floors?

Vinegar is a natural, cost-effective product that is good for the laminate floors. If combined with water and few drops of dish soap, it can clean the floor as a regular floor cleaner would, while keeping your family and pets save from potentially harmful chemical substances that store-bought, abrasive cleaners usually contain.