How to Clean Laminate Floors– Cleaning Procedures

Laminate flooring is easy to clean and one of the reasons why it is becoming so popular. However, if you remember that there are two common categories of laminate floors…Wood and Vinyl. In this article we will specifically address the proper way of how to clean laminate floors. This article will outline those steps.

  

  

Cleaning Laminate Floors – Two Basic Types

  • Wood Laminates – Commercial & Residential
     
    Wood means wood and precaution should be taken when cleaning any type of wood flooring including laminate wood floors. Please review prior articles on cleaning wood floors (How to Clean Hardwood Floors – Simple Regular Cleaning and Cleaning Hardwood Floors Do’s and Don’ts). 

    • Dry Cleaning: Always the first step in any floor cleaning
       
      Dust mop the floor to remove all the loose debris such as sand, grit, dust, etc. Also use a flexible blunt plastic scraper to gently remove any soils that maybe caked up and adhered to the laminate floor such as gum, candy, stickers, labels, etc.
       
      The use of a Dust Mop or Microfiber system will produce good results with the microfiber system producing better results. Dust mop the entire floor area, sweep in a dust pan and discard in the trash.
       
      Frequency: This procedure should be performed daily in commercial sites and at least weekly in residential locations.
       
    • Wet Cleaning: Use a damp cleaning method with wood laminate floors  
      • Commercial – Manual damp mopping or the use of power equipment such as an automatic scrubber equipped with a white or red floor pads (Least aggressive) with a quality approved cleaner used according to label directions until the floor has been completely cleaned.  
        When using power equipment on wood floors such as an automatic scrubber be sure to apply the least amount of cleaning solution (water/cleaning product) on the floor. Always use a single pass method. Meaning applying the cleaning solution, scrubbing and vacuuming up the solution in one single pass of the automatic scrubber.
         
      • Residential – Manual damp mopping with a microfiber flat mop system, sponge mop or wet mop with a bucket and wringer, using with a quality approved cleaner used according to label directions. Always make insure that the minimum amount of cleaning solution is applied to the wood laminate floor. The microfiber flat system will allow you to use the least amount of cleaning solution and while achieving the objective of excellent cleaning. This is due to the microfiber system’s characteristics allowing it to clean better than traditional mopping systems.
         
        Frequency: The frequency will depend on soil conditions but daily is recommended in commercial facilities and a minimum of weekly in residences
          
  • Vinyl Laminates Commercial & Residential
     
    The majority of this category of laminate flooring can be cleaned like any other vinyl, vinyl composition, rubber, no wax, etc. tile flooring. 

    • Cleaning Procedures – Commercial and Residential

      • Dry Cleaning: Always the first step in any floor cleaning
         
        Dust mop the floor to remove all the loose debris such as sand, grit, dust, etc. Also use a flexible blunt plastic scraper to gently remove any soils that maybe caked up and adhered to the laminate floor such as gum, candy, stickers, labels, etc.
         
        The use of a Dust Mop or Microfiber system will produce good results with the microfiber system producing better results. Dust mop the entire floor area, sweep in a dust pan and discard in the trash.Frequency: This procedure should be performed daily in commercial sites and at least weekly in residential locations.
         
      • Wet Cleaning: 
        • Commercial – Manual damp mopping or the use of power equipment such as an automatic scrubber equipped with a white or red floor pads (Least aggressive) with a quality approved cleaner used according to label directions until the floor has been completely cleaned.
           
          It is recommended that use of power equipment be used in commercial facilities because the labor cost to clean will be greatly reduced as compared to a manual wet mop application.
           
          When using power equipment on Vinyl Category laminate floors such as an automatic scrubber a single pass scrub method should be employed for daily cleaning and a double scrub should be used for deep scrubbing.
           
          The single pass method means applying the cleaning solution, scrubbing and vacuuming up the solution in one single pass of the automatic scrubber.
           
          The double pass method is making the first pass applying the cleaning solution with pads down (scrubbing) and the squeegee up and vacuum off. The second pass is the same as the first pass but with the squeegee down and vacuum on, picking up the solution from the floor. This method will provide the floor with a deep cleaning. Always trail mop any missed solution along edges, turnarounds, etc.
           
          With this Vinyl Category, usually the amount of cleaning solution applied to the floor will have little if any adverse effect on the laminate flooring. However, it is always a best practice to use only the amount of cleaning solution necessary to complete the task.
           
        • Residential – Manual damp mopping with a microfiber flat mop system, sponge mop or wet mop with a bucket and wringer, using with a quality approved cleaner used according to label directions.
           
          Frequency: The frequency will depend on soil conditions but daily is recommended in commercial facilities and a minimum of weekly in residences. 

  

Laminate Flooring Warranty – Review and Consult

 

It is a best practice to consult and refer to the Laminate flooring manufacturer’s warranty for cleaning procedures and recommendations. For the majority of the laminate flooring manufacturers, the recommended procedures in this article will not void any warranties. However, there could be the exception and for this reason, it is always recommended to check with the manufacturer of the laminate floor before any maintenance is performed.

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