Inside: Laminate floor care can be tricky when you’ve never had it in your home before. Here’s what works and what you should avoid when it comes to cleaning your floors.
“Ugh,” I sighed, staring at my brand new flooring.
We had just moved into our brand new house and I already hated it.
I could see every spill, smear, and splash on the matte laminate finish.
None of my go-to cleaners were working and I was getting frustrated.
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What Didn’t Work
I tried to use our old spray mop and an off-brand laminate cleaner, but I could not believe how streaky and bad the floors looked.
Our builder suggested using only Bona cleaner on the floor, but I had heard stories about how expensive it was and avoided looking into it.
I also looked at using vinegar mixed with water to clean the laminate, but the articles I read on how to clean laminate floors said NOT to use a DIY cleaner. Acidity can ruin the finish!
When I took back the off-brand cleaner to get a bottle of Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate cleaner I was shocked to see that the off-brand product and Bona were actually almost the exact same price.
I decided to use Bona and was pretty happy with the results initially, but over time I noticed that my floors were SO filthy after mopping and there was a sticky film all over that I could not get rid of.
It was so frustrating!
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I finally asked some of my neighbors what they were using on their floors and so many of them mentioned the film that Bona left.
I wasn’t the only one who noticed it!
One suggested using distilled water, a little Dawn dish soap, and some essential oils.
I was considering that option (even though I know it’s not a good idea to use DIY solutions on laminate **see #2 below), when 2 other neighbors suggested Better Life Floor Cleaner.
I looked up the product on Amazon and was shocked with how inexpensive it was for the amount of product you get.
I immediately ordered it and couldn’t wait to try it out on my laminate.
As soon as I used it I could tell it was better than any other cleaner I had tried. There were no streaks, no film, and it smelled great.
I’ve used it several times now and my floors look amazing! I’m not noticing nearly as many spills and I don’t stick to the floor when I walk on it.
Must-Have Cleaning Products For Laminate Floors
These are the supplies you’ll need to have clean laminate floors:
1. Spray Mop
I still use the Bona one I have, but you can grab a generic spray mop from Amazon or your local Target or hardware store.
This is the best and most affordable product to clean laminate floors. I add about 1/4 cup of the cleaner and 3/4 cup of hot water to the cleaning cartridge and shake it well before snapping it into the mop.
I used to only have one microfiber pad that I would have to remember to wash after I mopped so that it would be clean for the next time. I grabbed this pack of 6 microfiber pads from Amazon and now I don’t have to wash them nearly as often.
What is the best way to clean laminate flooring?
Since I’ve had laminate floors for 2 years now, I’ve learned several tips and tricks for cleaning them.
These are for any homeowners out there who may be scratching their heads as to why their floors are so dang streaky.
1. DO NOT use steam cleaners or a mop and bucket to clean your laminate floors. Any standing water can cause warping in the laminate and steam can ruin the seal which could lead to dust and dirt getting caught in the seams.
2. Stay away from cleaning laminate floors with vinegar or other DIY cleaners that I mentioned earlier. These could work, but they could also damage the finish of your floors so it’s best not to risk it.
3. Make sure to sweep before mopping. This is pretty much a given, but you should also go a step further and use a microfiber dusting pad to lock away dust, hair, and common household allergens before getting the floors wet.
4. Use Better Life Floor Cleaner for the best results. It’s a natural floor cleaner that combines purified water, grapefruit, spearmint, and bergamot essential oils.
It’s free of VOCs, alkyphenol surfactants, and petroleum and doesn’t leave a sticky residue!
5. Less is more. You don’t need a ton of cleaning solution to get your laminate clean. Just a few sprays every few feet does the trick!
6. Mop with the grain of the laminate. One of the best ways to reduce a streaky finish is to mop with the grain of the laminate; so whichever way the planks were laid across the floor.
7. Use a clean pad every time you mop. You’ll reduce any streaks and smears on your floors if you use a clean microfiber pad when you mop. I grabbed this pack of 6 microfiber pads so I don’t have to constantly wash them.
8. Give yourself some time after mopping before you walk on the floor. Laminate cleaners usually dry fast, but you’ll give yourself the best chance for a streak-free clean if you don’t have to walk on the floor immediately after cleaning it.
This is one way how to prevent footprints on laminate floors. Another is to wear socks when you’re on the laminate.
9. Be sure to wipe up spills right away. You never want to let water sit on your laminate or it can warp, so use a paper towel to get those spills cleaned up right after they happen.
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