Tips for cleaning laminate floors

Keep laminate floor luxurious by regularly vacuuming, dust-mopping, or wiping them with a damp (not wet cloth. 

When the dirt and grime get tough, as they often do in the kitchen, try cleaning laminate floors with a solution of vinegar and water.

To remove tough spots or stains, buff the blemish with acetone nail polish remover, then wipe it clean with a damp cloth.

Here's the full routine for cleaning laminate floors. 

How to Care for and Clean Laminate Floors

  • Use welcome mats. Grit is a laminate floor's worst enemy.
  • Use furniture casters. These floor also scratch easily.
  • Vacuum often, using the soft brush attachment on the vacuum.
  • Once a week cleaning with a broom or dust mop should do it, but if your laminate 

Once-a-week cleaning with a broom, vacuum or dust mop is all most floors require. If your floors get a lot of use, and if they don't have a  urethane finish, damp-mop once a week with a neutral pH wood floor cleaner. Wring the mop almost dry before mopping.

Cleaning no-nos for laminate floors include:

  • Allowing water or a cleaning solution to stand on the surface
  • Soap-based detergents or mop-and-shine products (they'll leave a dull film on your floor)
  • Wax, polish, abrasive cleaners, steel wool, or scouring pads. These will scratch the surface of laminate floors.

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