Laminate flooring has become the trendiest flooring type these days due to a variant of advantages. The main advantage of this flooring type is its cost-effectiveness. It comes in various colors, textures, and patterns giving the same aesthetic look like the real wood.The installation of laminate flooring is a breeze and it adds value to your home. With these countless positive aspects, this flooring encounters some limitations and the one you should take into account is its streak-free cleaning.
Cleaning the laminate floor is a daunting process because it’s highly susceptible to streaks due to small grooves on its surface. If you’d apply traditional methods of cleaning on it, you’re more likely going to deteriorate its surface. Soon the natural shine of your floor would fade out and the growth of molds and mildew will make their way in. To preserve the same luster of your flooring, you need to adopt a safer cleaning method when you’re dealing with laminate flooring to avoid streaking.
Natural solutions to clean the laminate floors should be your top priority as most of the cleaning solutions available in markets contain harsh chemicals which not only clean the toughest stains from any kind of flooring but also snatch the sheen of the flooring along with putting streaks over there. Try some of these tips to clean and keep cleaned your beloved laminate floors.
Worst things for your laminate floors?
Before heading towards the safe cleaning methods and materials, one should know about the things and methods that can destroy your investment by leaving your floors streaky and with a cloudy residue. So no matter how hard you clean or buff, a sheen will never ever show up. These harmful agents are;
- Vacuum cleaner if you have kept the brush roll on or with high power settings
- All kinds of bar or liquid soaps and detergents
- Liquids, spillovers, food remnants, greasy or oily elements and moisture
- Harsh Broom or stiff-bristled brush
- Any kind of abrasive cleaning solutions such as salt, surf, steel wool, sandpaper, scrubbing pads, nylon coated sponges, whiting powder, alcohol, metal mesh cloths, etc.
- Floor polish, wax, soaking mops, high steam cleaner, and any kind of bleaches
Now try this step by step method to safely clean your laminate floor without streaking.
Step One: Dry Cleaning/Vacuuming
Waxing, polishing, and the use of abrasive cleaners are the killers of laminate flooring. These cleaning and maintenance solutions would make your floor an easy prey to streaks and deterioration. Either you should use only recommended products for laminate floor cleaning, or sweep with a soft-bristled broom then wipe it with a well-squeezed damp cloth or mop.
Don’t ever carry out traditional drenching mopping. Mind it, the longer the water will stay on your floor, the more it would become poisonous for your investment so never ever allow the water or any other spillover staying on your floor.
If you have installed a laminate floor, don’t pick and start vacuuming with any available vacuum cleaner,instead purchase the recommended one only. Even if you have to run water for deep cleaning, it’s better to use a vacuum cleaner with bare floor setting or brush up the surface first to pick up the large fragments, lint, fuzz, and food crumbs that accumulate on the floor throughout the day.
A vacuum cleaner with a beater bar would put deep marks and linage on the surface. Use a vacuum cleaner with no brush roll or switch it off before vacuuming the laminate floor. A high-powered motor is what everyone seeks in their cleaner but if you’re dealing with a laminate floor, go for a vacuum with moderate powered motor otherwise all the debris would be flying in the air instead of going straight into the debris bag.
A vac with the washable microfiber pad is much preferable to prevent the floor from grazing. Long story short, carrying out dry cleaning should be your first step even if your laminate floor has stains.There is the least chance of streaks and linages if proper dry cleaning is carried out on your floor.
Step Two: Remove toughest smudges with in house stuff
Dry cleaning, whether it’s done with vacuuming, brushing or dried mopping can’t deal with some stubborn stains. To cut through the muddy paws prints or any mystery spots that appear on the kitchen floor while you’re cooking, you need something else.