Cleaning Laminate Wood Floors – Removing Stains – How to Clean Them

Laminate floors are becoming extremely popular in both the commercial and residential market. There are several factors for their popularity but the most popular reasons for the increase in appeal; they are inexpensive, look great and generally speaking don’t require special maintenance.

However, as with all floors, cleaning laminate wood floors can present some challenges. This article is designed to provide information on cleaning laminate wood floors from a stain removal perspective. Regardless of how well or effectively you clean laminate wood floors; stains are inevitable and may need to be cleaned differently than by daily or routine cleaning laminate wood floors. This article will address the most common stains and how to remove them while cleaning your laminate wood floors on a daily or routine basis. All stains should be removed as soon as possible.

The first question to ask, is if the laminate wood floor is actually wood or a faux vinyl wood? If the answer is a faux vinyl wood laminate floor it should be maintained like any other vinyl laminate floors. See prior articles on how to daily or routinely clean vinyl laminate floors (How to Clean Laminate Floors – Cleaning Procedures). 

However, if the laminate floor is actual wood, then it should be cleaned like any other wood flooring and the same precautions would apply to wood laminate floors when cleaning. See a prior article on the steps to daily or routine cleaning wood floors (How to Clean Hardwood Floors – Simple Regular Cleaning). 

 

Cleaning Laminate Wood Floors – Type of Stains and Removing Them

  • Pencil: Can be removed with the “That’s Amazing” Hand Sponge from Unichem Marketing or Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and water. Lightly rub pencil marks with these sponge pads. Be careful to use as little water as possible on wood floors.
     
  • Crayon: Can be removed with the “That’s Amazing” Hand Sponge from Unichem Marketing or Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and water. Lightly rub crayon marks with these sponge pads. Be careful to use as little water as possible on wood floors.
     
  • Marker: Can be removed with the “That’s Amazing” Hand Sponge from Unichem Marketing or Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and water. Lightly rub pencil marks with these sponge pads. Be careful to use as little water as possible on wood floors.
     
  • Nail Polish: Do not use a nail polish remover because it will damage and dissolve the floor coating that protects the wood. Try chipping the stain off with a blunt plastic scraper being careful not to damage the floor finish coating that protects the wood laminate flooring. Followed by gently scrubbing with the “That’s Amazing” Hand Sponge Pad from Unichem Marketing or Mr. Eraser Magic Eraser from P&G and a very small amount of cream cleanser and water. Rinse thoroughly.
     
  • Wine & Liquor: Can be removed with plain water and a microfiber cloth. Be careful to use as little water as possible on wood floors.
     
  • Heel Marks and Scuffs: Most can be removed by gently rubbing a dry tennis ball on the marks or using the “That’s Amazing” Hand Sponge from Unichem Marketing or Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and water. Lightly rub marks with these sponge pads. Be careful to use as little water as possible on wood floors.
     
  • Oil & Grease: Use the “That’s Amazing” Hand Sponge from Unichem Marketing or Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and a dishwashing detergent like Dawn mixed with water. Lightly rub oil and grease marks with these sponge pads and detergent solution. Be careful to use as little detergent solution as possible on wood floors.         

  • Chewing Gum: Use a Gum Remover. This type of product is a commercial grade product and comes in an aerosol can that freezes the gum making it hard and brittle. It is then gently chipped off the laminate wood floor with a blunt plastic scraper. We recommend that you surround the chewing gum with a cloth to prevent any over spray from the gum remover on the floor. Once the gum is chipped off the floor, discard it in the trash.
     
  • Body Fluids (Blood, Urine, Feces): For the residential home, clean with a disinfectant cleaner and a microfiber cloth or mop. Use protective gear such gloves, masks, etc. Dispose of properly. If a commercial user, please refer to your company’s policy on the cleaning and disposal of biohazard waste such as blood, urine, feces, etc.
     
  • Ink: Use the “That’s Amazing” Hand Sponge from Unichem Marketing or Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and water mixed with mild detergent. Lightly rub ink marks with these sponge pads and detergent solution. Be careful to use as little detergent solution as possible on wood floors. In the event this procedure does not work try using a professional grade ink remover used in the commercial market.
     

It is a best practice to always consult and refer to the Laminate flooring manufacturer’s warranty for cleaning procedures and recommendations. Do so, will assist in not voiding the warranty.

 

Cleaning Laminate Wood Floors – Website Product Contact Information
 

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser from Proctor & Gamble

Unichem Marketing, Inc. – “That’s Amazing” Hand Sponge Pad

Contact Information: 708-296-7408; unichem@sbcglobal.net

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