How to clean laminate floors. You bought laminate floors, they looked beautiful – and then they got DIRTY. Let’s talk about how to clean your floors without residue!
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 more durable than wood flooring in my opinion, and once you learn to clean them – they are a Godsend. OH, and a quarter of the price but with the same look as hardwood flooring.
The Best Way to Clean Laminate Floors
Folks, let’s be honest here. This mom was not equipped with the gift of being able to clean and organized. I have 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 every day. All I ask for people is SANITARY. Also, floors without prints would be fabulous. If you are like me – you just want somewhat clean laminate floors without prints – this post is for you. Keep reading!
What to Clean Laminate Flooring With
We moved into this house a little over a year ago. It is slowly 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 throughout the house, upstairs and down. It sounded like an absolute dream, right? It’s been a NIGHTMARE.
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 just want clean laminate floors, how hard can this be?
I’m not sure where I found this cleaning 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
Fill the squirt bottle with the above ingredients. Next, fill the remainder of the bottle with warm water. Shake, squirt and mop. Below is the mop that I use on our floors.
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…
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 Flooring 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.
I hope this helps you have clean laminate floors without much fuss, nor sticky or filmy floors!
Reader Recommendations for Cleaning Laminate Floors
This post was started as a recommendation on how to clean laminate floors. Since posting this, this blog post has gone viral! We’ve received hundreds of comments and emails in regards to how our readers clean their laminates! Here are some recommendations from our readers:
Steam Cleaning Laminates
Steam cleaning laminate floors is a hit or miss – some SWEAR by it, other’s SWEAR that it ruins laminate flooring and the varnish. We have tried steam cleaning our laminates and have had success. We’ve used the above laminate floor cleaning solution – but we do make sure that we leave NO excessive wetness. That said – I don’t have time to steam and only do this when I am in deep clean mode (once a year, if my family is lucky!)
Here is the steam cleaner that we’ve used and loved:
We really love the Shark Steam Pocket Mop – especially for clearning tile floors. I know this post is about cleaning laminate, but most of us have tile too! Again, steaming your laminate floors is at your own risk. Some people say that this causes your floors to buckle. We did not experience this, but just want to make sure you proceed with caution.
Bona Laminate Floor Cleaner
Have mismatched socks? A reader recommends using mismatched socks to clean your laminates. Just squirt and walk.
The Norwex Mops are pricey – but I have heard nothing but rave reviews. Use with water and clothes detergent.
- 100% Microfiber with a 2 Year Warranty
- Blue Wet Mop Cleans Thoroughly with Water Only
- Removes 99.9% of Dirt and Germs
- Articulated Mop Handle is Easy on the Back
- Telescopic Handle Reaches 6 Foot Long
Avon Bubble Bath
This from a reader: On both my ceramic tile flooring and laminate flooring. One cap full in a bucket of hot water applied with a micro-mop head. Doesn’t leave residue and shines beautifully. My favorite is Lavender. The house smells terrific on cleaning day. “Floors shine like new money”, and is cost-effective. PS shines tubs and shower stalls also.
Updated on 9/15/17 with the latest on cleaning laminate flooring. 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. Check out more of our posts from Geekery.