Maybe it was the cry for help about how my house is a wreck, or sympathy for the fact God gave me 2 toddler boys… whatever the reason I am super thankful for laminate floors. They are durable and once you learn to clean them – they are a God send. OH, and a quarter of the price but with the same look as hardwoods.

Updated on 10/15/2015 with the latest on cleaning laminate. Just want to keep this up-to-date as I find better ways to clean. Remember, these are just suggestions on what has worked best for me.

Folks, let’s be honest here. THIS mom was not equipped with the gift of being able to clean and organized. Throw in 4 kids, 3 of which are boys – and well… yeah, our house is rarely clean. I know that this chapter in my life – it is to be okay that toys are all over the floor and that I find mystery substances in random places EVERYDAY. All I ask for people is SANITARY.

We moved into this house a little over a year ago. It is sloooowly becoming home. While I really do love the house, the neighborhood, location, etc….  the top reason I wanted the house, is now one of the things I hate about the house.  We have about 75% hard floors. There is a mixture of slate and laminate through out the house, upstairs and down. It sounded like an absolute dream, right? It’s been a NIGHTMARE.

How to Clean Your Laminate Floors

how to clean laminate floors

I have tried vinegar, Bruce flooring spray, Murphy’s Oil, Spray and Mop, I could go on – but my head hurts thinking about all of the chemicals I’ve tried to keep this floor clean.The laminate always looks blotchy, no matter what I used to clean it.

I’m not sure where I found this mixture, but I played around with the amount of each ingredient and here is what I use as a laminate floor cleaner.  You can get each of these ingredients, including the squirt bottle at the dollar store. The $4 you spend will leave you enough extra ingredients to use for the rest of the year.

Here’s what I now use to clean my laminate floors

DIY Laminate Floor Cleaning Solution

  • Squirt Bottle
  • 1/4 Cup Blue Dawn Dishwasher Soap
  • 1/4 Cup Alcohol
  • 1/2 Cup Vinegar
  • Microfiber Mop

Fill the rest with warm water. Shake. 

Microfiber Mop

microfiber mop for cleaning laminate

This is the microfiber mop I use. I have tried a few and this one has a big head for covering a large area – which means quicker clean time (WINNING!)  Speaking of cleaning mop covers…

Microfiber Mop for cleaning laminate flooring

To clean the microfiber mop cover, I’ve found hand washing with vinegar and dish soap to be best and then throwing in the dryer. Sounds like a pain, it’s not too bad. I personally have found that the traditional detergents seem to leave crud in the microfiber mop when cleaning.

Buffing Laminate with a Towel

I have heard some people swear by buffing with a towel after as well. If you have that much time – have at it! This mom can barely get dinner on the table.

Again, this is the formula that I use. I know some people don’t like using alcohol but I think the minimal amount in this mixture works well.

All of that kid goo, you know the mysterious stuff you have no idea what it is, but either one of the tweens or toddlers or dog left it there, yep it this stuff leaves my floor the cleanest without the film I’ve seen other solutions leave.

Different Laminate Types

This is our third house with laminate. Remember, each laminate is different. Our last house had glossy laminate, this house has dull laminate. We are about to put in hand scraped laminate. You need to find the best way to clean your flooring and each type has required a different method.

Happy clean laminate floors. I hope this mixture leaves your floor feeling refreshed and not sticky or filmy!