If you’ve just installed new laminate flooring, it can be hard to stop admiring the upgrade to think about cleaning. After all, laminate flooring isn’t just durable – it also beautifies any home! Yet to make the most of your investment, it’s important to give your new floor the care it needs. To help New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York Tri-State Area homeowners learn more about laminate floor care, Aroma’z Home & Flooring Design breaks down everything you need to know.
Develop a Cleaning Routine
We highly recommend that new laminate floor owners develop a weekly cleaning routine. It’s important to note, however, that water should be used as minimally as possible, as standing puddles can cause swelling wood, separated seams, or color fading. An ideal cleaning routine would break down as follows:
- Sweep gently using a broom with soft bristles to prevent scratching. Sweeping will also trap dust, pet hair, and objects that are too large to vacuum.
- Vacuum on your cleaner’s hard floor setting with a soft brush attachment, which will also help guard against scratches.
You’ll also need to perform other additional cleaning tasks from time to time, such as:
- Use a damp mop to get a deeper clean. However, be sure to avoid saturating the mop and wring it out thoroughly before use. You might prefer a laminate floor mop, which is designed with highly absorbent microfibers to reduce excess water during cleaning.
- Follow a damp mopping with a dry mop or microfiber cloth to absorb excess water.
- When tough messes occur or deep cleaning is needed, a steam mop may be used in limited circumstances. The floors must be dried immediately whenever using a steam cleaner, so it helps to work on small sections at a time.
Be sure to use cleaning products meant for laminate flooring whenever possible. If you can’t find the products you need, it’s safe to use a teaspoon of clear, unscented dish soap or baby shampoo with one gallon of hot water. Again, remove all excess water as soon as possible.
Have Spot Treatments Ready
Spot-treating stains is an excellent way to address troublesome soils and avoid excessive use of water on large areas of your laminate floors. When spills that could stain occur, blot them up with a microfiber cloth right away to remove any liquid. Additional spot treatment methods include:
Grease, Gum, or Wax Stains
First, use an ice pack to freeze the location of the stain. Next, gently and slowly scrape it off the floor with a plastic knife, scraper, or similar item. After lifting the grease, gum, or wax, use a dampened microfiber cloth to wipe the area sparkling clean.
Color Stains or Oil Spots
These areas can be safely treated with nail polish remover or acetone. On a clean cloth, dab a small amount of either chemical and use it to wipe away the stain. After it’s gone, use a slightly damp microfiber cloth to remove any remaining residue.
Keep in mind that you should never use oil-based cleaning products on laminate floors. Additionally, avoid abrasive cleansers to scrape away tough soils, as these could scratch the floor’s surface.
Learn More about Laminate Floor Care with Aroma’z Flooring
Laminate floors are an excellent choice for many Tri-State Area homeowners, but it’s important to understand how to keep them looking as good as the day they were installed. To learn more about laminate flooring, contact Aroma’z Flooring today. We’ll provide a free quote and written proposal, and our experienced team is fully licensed and insured for your peace of mind. To learn more, call our Mercerville location at 609-587-2656 or dial 856-314-8397 for our Cinnaminson location.