How to Clean Laminate Floors

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!

Molly Thornberg is a creator. She made 4 awesome kids, too-many-to-count blogs and disasters anytime she tries to DIY. She is an introverted extrovert, believer in grace, all-around geek and total type-B parent. Molly and her family circus reside in Dallas, TX


  1. Jo Sanders

    October 21, 2015 at 8:13 am

    I to have looked high and low for a good laminate cleaner.Glad I found you. Im concerned about the residue the soap leaves on the floor.Can you comment on this.
    Also dose this formula leave a hi shine.Im also wanting a good shine as it was when I bought it.Can I use reg.wax?

    • digital mom blog

      October 25, 2015 at 11:42 am

      I don’t have a huge problem with residue with our current floors – they aren’t high gloss though. With high gloss, you may need to buff (maybe getting a second microfiber mop just to use to buff? Don’t use it for cleaning, just buffing.)

      • Judy

        October 26, 2015 at 10:14 pm

        I have laminate and hardwood, tile in bath, but I also have gotten streaks from every product I have bought,ca Ching ca Ching, I am going to try yours. It will save money too. Thanks for posting this.

  2. Jo Sanders

    October 21, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Please help.THANK YOU.

    • Tanya Mitchener

      October 21, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      I have laminate flooring that I purchased at Sam’s Club. I spray with glass cleaner and mop with micro fiber. No residue. Looks great!

      • Jo Sanders

        October 21, 2015 at 6:41 pm

        Do you rinse after the glass cleaner?

      • digital mom blog

        October 25, 2015 at 11:44 am

        awesome! great idea! This is our 3rd house with laminate and have noticed that each laminate is different and requires figuring out what works best.

  3. Linda Schulte

    October 26, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    I own a cleaning business, and the best product I have found for laminate floors is Bona for laminate- not the one for hardwoods (which will leave streaks). I you don’t want to mix up your own concoction, this is the way to go. The floors are clean and look great when we use Bona for laminate (green stripe on the bottle).

    Good Luck!

    • KAREN

      October 29, 2015 at 6:39 am

      I’m new to cleaning laminate floors………….I have one of those steam cleaners for floors – any thoughts or experience with those on laminate floors and the recommendations in this thread? thank you in advance……

      • Galina Sundberg

        November 2, 2015 at 7:47 am

        I have a steam shark that I use for my new LVP flooring. It is great! No products and sanitary!

        • KAREN

          November 6, 2015 at 7:22 am

          thank you Galina!

      • Linda Schulte

        November 21, 2015 at 8:08 am

        Steam mopping is a good way to go. We use the lowest setting.

        • KAREN

          November 21, 2015 at 9:20 am

          thanks everyone for your responses!

      • Mindimoo

        November 25, 2015 at 4:10 pm

        Karen, we recently had laminate floors installed and all the floor salespeople I spoke to said to definitely NOT use steam mops on anything other than tiled flooring because you are injecting moisture into the cracks and while at first it may not seem like it’s doing any damage, over time it will damage your floors. I am definitely going to try the mixture above with my microfibre mop.

    • Ruth

      November 18, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      Yup Bona works really well with our laminate flooring.. no residue!

  4. terrie

    November 3, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    what size squirt bottle did you use? says to fill w/warm water but wasn’t sure what size bottle you used. Thanks for sharing your receipe


    November 4, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    I was wondering about the size squirt bottle as well.

  6. Sylvania Brown

    November 5, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Suggestion 32 ounce squirt bottle should be efficient.

  7. Tanya Franklin

    November 7, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Do you use a damp cloth after you spray your floors or a dry one?

  8. Mona Selim

    November 15, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    I use vinegar (for cleaning mixed with water 1 part Vinegar + 3 Parts water)in cleaning all types of floors ;the only difference i add 1/4 cup cooking oil to add luster to the hard wood floor. Also you can clean Kitchen counter tops with vinegar and water.( granite, porcelain, tile.).

  9. Eve DeVinney

    November 21, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    You say alcohol, I trust you mean Rubbing alcohol…just to be explicit

  10. Lola Fields

    November 23, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    I use a Norwex mop system and just water.

  11. diana

    November 24, 2015 at 4:14 am

    I also have a cleaning business and most of what I use to clean everything is 1/2 70% alcohol and 1/2 water. I use a Libman fillable mop. believe me when I say I have tried everything! I prefer the ergonomics of the libman (red) refillable but kept breaking them. If you don’t clean for a living I suggest that one. The alcohol and water mix cleans everything from countertops (no matter what they are made of) to shines and COMPLETELY streakfree glass and faucets. It dries quickly so that is why it is ideal for floors! Doesn’t sit on the wood or laminate.

  12. Charlene

    November 27, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    The best thing I’ve found to clean laminate floors is two ounces of neutral soap.

  13. Jo Sanders

    November 27, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    THANKS EVERYONE. Im going to try a lot of this advice.But I think I will skip the steamer.I allso use the blue stripe mop.IT IS WONDERFUL.I bought 5 bags of the micro fiber mop heads.

  14. Angel

    November 27, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Thank you for this formula.I have all of the above.I will try this out Saturday morning.

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