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Mastering Laminate Flooring Cleaning: 4 Simple Steps

Mastering Laminate Flooring Cleaning: 4 Simple Steps

In sunny (and sandy!) Maui, laminate flooring has become a staple in many homes. It’s not hard to see why: it’s affordable, resilient, and easy to replace, if needed. That’s why we get asked all the time: what’s the best way to keep it clean and shiny? 

Here are four surprisingly simple steps you can use to keep your laminate floors looking great:

Step 1: Sweep or Vacuum

Before diving into the cleaning process, it’s essential to rid your laminate flooring of loose dirt and debris. Grab a soft-bristled broom or a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment, and gently sweep or vacuum the surface. This initial step prevents scratching during the cleaning process and sets the stage for a thorough cleanse.

Step 2: Dampen a Mop

Now that your flooring is free of surface debris, it’s time to tackle the grime. Prepare a solution of diluted neutral floor cleaner—we recommend Zep, readily available at Lowe’s. The key here is moderation; avoid saturating the laminate with excessive moisture, as it can cause damage. Opt for a slightly damp mop and ensure you wring out any excess water before proceeding.

Step 3: Mop the Floor

With your damp mop in hand, it’s time to get to work. Gently mop the laminate flooring, moving in the direction of the floorboards to prevent unsightly streaks. Take it one section at a time, rinsing the mop frequently to avoid spreading dirt around. This methodical approach ensures a thorough cleanse without leaving behind residue or streaks.

Step 4: Dry the Floor

Once you’ve completed mopping, it’s crucial to dry the floor thoroughly. Grab a dry microfiber cloth or mop and wipe down the surface to remove any lingering moisture. This final step not only prevents water damage but also leaves your laminate flooring gleaming and streak-free.

Bonus Pro Tip: “Steam Cleaning”

For a quick clean or mild dirt buildup, consider using a steam mop with a splash of white vinegar. This budget-friendly option, available at Target for around a hundred bucks, provides a convenient alternative to traditional cleaning methods. However, for more stubborn dirt buildup, stick to the four-step cleaning process outlined above for optimal results.

It’s a simple process, but these 4 steps are a great way to keep your laminate floors clean and in great shape. If your dirt buildup gets heavy and you’re still having trouble getting your laminate floors clean, just give us a call so we can bring in some more professional-grade products and equipment. We’ll get it clean so you can get back into a “maintenance mode” where the 4 steps above will work great for you. 🙂

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