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!
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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.
And I was even more surprised when I saw how clean my floors were after using the Bona floor cleaner.
I thought I was saving so much money by getting the off-brand, but really it was just giving me more work and frustration.
Needless to say, I am a loyal Bona fan now!
I’ve also learned some tips and tricks about cleaning laminate floors that I want to share with any other first-time owners out there who may be scratching their heads as to why their floors are so dang streaky.
What is the Best Way to Clean Laminate Flooring?
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 the Bona Microfiber Dusting Pad to lock away dust, hair, and common household allergens before getting the floors wet.
4. Use the Bona Premium Spray Mop for the best results. It combines either the Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner Original Formula or the Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Cleaner in a convenient cartridge along with the Bona Microfiber Cleaning Pad.
All you have to do is spray and mop! There’s no heavy lifting or dirty water to get rid of after.
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. I learned this the hard way. 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. Give yourself some time after mopping before you walk on the floor. The Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Cleaner dries 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.
8. Be sure to wipe up spills right away. You never want to let water sit on your laminate, so use a paper towel to get those spills cleaned up right after they happen.
The Bona Spray Mop also makes it easy to do a quick spot clean on days you’re not mopping the whole floor.
Why Bona Is The Best
Here are some of the reasons why Bona is the best choice for cleaning your laminate floors AND your hardwood floors:
1. Bona is innovated just for floors. Their no residue formulation effectively removes dust, dirt and grime leaving your floors clean and beautiful, and the GREENGUARD GOLD certification confirms it’s safe for use in your home and around your family.
2. Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Cleaner uses a specially designed degreasing formula.
- It effectively removes dust, dirt, and grime and is safe to use on hard surface floors.
- It is formulated for linoleum, stone, terrazzo, vinyl, sealed porous marble, laminate and no-wax sealed tile.
- It is safe to use on hard surface floors, as long as they are sealed or finished and unwaxed and unoiled. I also use it on my vinyl flooring in our upstairs bathrooms!
3. Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner is designed to be safe and effective for use on hardwood floors and is not meant to be used for other flooring. If you don’t have real hardwood, make sure you use Bona’s Stone, Tile and Laminate Cleaner.
4. The Bona Spray Mop is the next generation of floor mops.
- Bigger IS Better: The mop has the largest base plate in the industry which makes for a fast, easy cleaning experience.
- Efficacy: The Bona Premium Spray Mop combines the Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Floor Cleaning solution and Bona Microfiber Cleaning Pad in one easy device to provide the most effective clean. I also love how the cartridge is refillable! Which means I don’t have to buy a new one every time it runs out of the cleaning solution.
- Powerful Pad: The Bona Microfiber Cleaning Pad features a unique design with dual zone cleaning action. The dark blue outer fibers break up grime while the inner light blue fibers trap and absorb dirt with 2.5X more absorbency than our previous microfiber pad.
- Easy Click and Clean: Easy to assemble snap and click baseplate-to-pole connection makes assembly and cleaning quick and easy. The retractable handle hook allows for easy storage.
I think it’s pretty easy to see in that before and after how well the Bona Mop works! And I don’t think it’s quite as clear in the picture HOW dirty my floor was. After mopping once, my floors look as good as new!
If you have laminate or hardwood, I highly suggest using Bona products to clean your floors. They are made specifically for hardwood and laminate and won’t leave a residue or any streaks.
I love our laminate floors now that I know what to use to keep them clean!
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