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How to Safely Clean and Care for Your Laminate Floors

December 5, 2023

Laminate flooring remains one of the most popular flooring options out there, and one of the biggest reasons is that is so easy to care for and clean. Simple, regular cleaning will keep your floors looking like new for longer. Keep reading for the best ways to care for your laminate floors.


Your first stop for cleaning tips should be the instructions that came with your flooring.  Those instructions will have recommendations tailored to your specific floors, as well as product recommendations.


Vacuum your floors weekly with a canister vacuum to pull the dirt from the surface and the seams. If you don’t have a canister or brushless mop, turn the brush off to avoid scratching or damaging the surface of your laminate floors.


Use a damp mop to clean your floors monthly. Microfiber is a great option for cleaning your floors; it will remove dirt without the risk of damaging the surface of your laminate. Make sure you are using a damp — not soaked — mop.  Too much water on the mop can seep down between the boards and cause damage to either the boards or the subflooring. While shopping for cleaning products, be sure to look for ones that are designed specifically for laminate floors. Make sure to avoid any abrasive cleaning products because they can scratch the protective layer of your floors. You can also use a very diluted solution of vinegar and water to clean your floors. It works well, and uses ingredients you probably have around your house.

Laminate Flooring Don’ts:

  • Do not polish or wax your laminate floors. These products can lead to build-up on your floors, and ultimately damage them.
  • Do not steam clean your laminate floors. First and foremost, it can void the warranty for your floors, which no one wants. Secondly, the heat and moisture can warp the boards, which again, no one wants to do to their floors.
  • Do not use abrasive cleaners or cleaning tools. These will scratch and damage the surface. Using a pencil eraser is an easy, damage free way to remove scuffs from your floors.
  • Do not let spills sit on floors. Clean them up as quickly as possible. While most laminate floors are water resistant, they are not waterproof. Standing water can lead to the boards becoming warped or to the subfloor below becoming damaged.

These simple cleaning tasks will keep your floors looking their best for years to come!

Trust our flooring experts at Dalton Floor Tailor to help you make the best choice for you and your home with our in-home appointments. We bring curated samples to your home based on your answers to our simple questionnaire, so you can see them in the room, rather than trying to imagine what they will look like. Once your perfect floors are selected, our installation team takes over, using the Dalton Floor Tailor EPA-approved Neutralize™ method to install your preferred floors.

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