Laminate flooring can be a great look in any room of your home, and with the correct care and cleaning, laminate flooring can keep its good looks for decades. Here are our top tips for cleaning laminate flooring and caring for it properly.
Knowing how to care for laminate flooring will help you prevent damage before it happens. It’s easy once you have the basics sorted:
When the time comes for cleaning your laminate flooring more thoroughly, here are a few things to keep in mind:
Arm yourself with a handy Tapi Maintenance Kit, especially designed for laminate, vinyl and luxury vinyl tiles. You’ll get a daily cleaner, a spot cleaner, cleaning pads and felt floor protectors for furniture legs, all in one amazing little box. Please make sure you follow the instructions.
Many customers have questions about caring for their engineered wood floors. We’re always on hand to help should you wish to contact us or in-store, but we’ve compiled some of the most common questions below:
After some time, you might notice that your floor seems to have dulled a little. Don’t reach for wax or polish intended for solid wood floors – this isn’t the way to make your laminate floors shine again! Wax helps smooth and resurface scuffs and scratches in wood, so isn’t suitable for the clear top coat of laminate – and could leave your floor slippery. It’s worth remembering many modern laminates are designed to be low sheen to better mimic the appearance of solid wood. But if your floor has developed a dull look beyond the matte quality of wood or what you’d expect from normal wear and tear, it’s likely the culprit is a residue left by cleaning products.
Surprising as it may sound, the best laminate floor cleaner is plain water with a squeeze of lemon to cut through grease. You may read advice to add a splash of washing-up liquid or another detergent, but this can leave a dull, faintly sticky residue that attracts dust and dirt over time. If you’re dealing with a stubborn residue, you may have to repeat this step several times. The key step is to ensure the mop is just barely damp, not wet! Your laminate flooring comes with a hygienic antibacterial topcoat, so there’s no need for cleaners with harsh chemicals which could cause damage.
Your homemade water-and-lemon juice laminate floor cleaner works best with microfibre mops – don’t use your steam mop, no matter how tempted you may be! And if you do decide to try a commercial product, we do suggest choosing a specialised laminate cleaner and testing it on a spare bit or sample of the laminate before using it on your floor.
Hopefully, you’ve learned everything you need to know about cleaning laminate flooring from our care guide, but if you have any more questions about how to care for laminate flooring or even to take a look at our range of laminate flooring, why not book a visit at your nearest Tapi store, or head on over to our ideas hub, which is full of inspiration, including how to acclimatise laminate flooring, tips for styling tiled flooring in your lounge, and much more.