How to Clean Laminate Flooring

What is the best way to clean laminate floors?

Whilst laminate flooring may look as good as hardwood, it should not be approached in the same way for cleaning as the surface can’t be refinished if it gets damaged or stained. Laminate floors should be gently cleaned with as little water as possible and any spills should be wiped us as soon as they are made.

What products should you use to clean laminate flooring?

At Flooring Mountain, we have a range of accessories for you to use when cleaning your floors, but you should always make sure that you check your laminate flooring manufacturer’s instructions before beginning the cleaning process.

How do you clean laminate floors without damaging them?

Laminate flooring requires a delicate approach when it comes to cleaning – no harsh chemicals, detergents or materials like steel wool should be used. Always make sure to use as little water as possible when cleaning your laminate flooring to prevent damage.

variety cool brown wood effect oak laminate flooring

Above, Variety Cool Brown Oak Laminate Flooring

We’ve put together a few of our tricks and tips on how to keep your beautiful new laminate flooring looking its best for years to come.

1. Always read the manufacturer’s instructions before cleaning

Different flooring brands have different instructions for how to clean their laminate floors, so always make sure to read through your flooring’s specific guidelines before beginning the cleaning process.

2. Don’t let stains sit on the floor

Slips, splashes and spills are an inevitable part of everyday life – just make sure they are wiped away as soon as possible in order to prevent damage. Pools of liquid can cause laminate flooring to stain or fade if they are left for too long.

rome dark oak wood effect chevron parquet laminate flooring

Above, Rome Dark Oak Chevron Laminate Flooring

3. Stay away from abrasive tools

Harsh chemicals, detergents and other cleaning materials such as steel wool are too abrasive for laminate flooring as you would risk damaging the surface. Make sure to only use vacuums without beater bars or rotating brushes as this could scratch the surface – some vacuums have different flooring options, so take a look at yours before cleaning.

4. Mop (carefully) every 2 months

Microfibre mops such as our EasyClean Dual Purpose Mop are a gentle option for laminate flooring that will clean without damaging the surface layers. Ring out the mop until it is almost dry so that there is not too much water on the surface, as this can seep into the seams of the laminate and cause swelling or bubbling.

light grey oak wood effect laminate flooring

Above, Barcelona Light Grey Oak Laminate Flooring

5. Skip cleaning products that aren’t labelled as laminate

Oil-based cleaning products can leave streaks and residue on the surface, or they can even damage the protective sealant of your floors. We recommend only using laminate specified cleaning products such as our Wood and Laminate Cleaner.

6. Protect the surface from future damage

sea grey vintage patterned faded laminate flooring

Above, Sea Grey Vintage Patterned Laminate Flooring

There is a lot that you can do to protect your laminate flooring from future damage, and it’s cost-effective too! Avoid wearing spikes shoes such as stiletto heels or football cleats and make sure that pet’s nails are regularly trimmed to avoid scratches on the surface.

Add furniture pads under chairs and tables (especially those which are frequently moved) and use floor mats and rugs, particularly by entrances, to help prevent wear and tear. Welcome mats help to prevent dirt from building up or being brought into the room, as it can dull or even scratch the laminate.