How to Keep Your Laminate Floors Looking Brand New
Laminate wood floors are a blessing and a curse. When they look good, they look really good. When they aren’t looking their best, they can seriously cramp your style. Fortunately, there are quite a few simple ways to ensure your laminate flooring stays looking sharp through every season.
Life with kids and pets can cause havoc to your flooring. No matter how much daily wear and tear you have to deal with, you can keep your space looking as clean and fresh as the day of your flooring installation.
Avoid Soap-Based Products
One of the most common misconceptions is that laminate flooring should be cleaned with soap-based products. It makes sense in theory since soap removes grit and grime.
On some surfaces, soap will efficiently remove the buildup of debris. On laminate flooring, products with excess soap will simply replace the debris with a buildup of scum on the surface of your floor. This results in a dull, aged appearance—far from the luxurious, smooth look you’re dreaming of.
Trust Specialized Cleaners.
Nowadays there are plenty of alternatives intended specifically for laminate floors, available at your local Walmart or on Amazon. Reviewers rave about spray cleaners due to their ease of use and convenience, and there is something to be said about a quick and painless job done right.
However, if your flooring needs a bit more tender loving care, a deep cleaning pre-mixed mop solution is probably your best bet. Use only a small amount to avoid streaking.
Maintenance of laminate flooring requires effort, but it doesn’t have to be costly or time-consuming. Whether your floors are scuffed, dull, debris-coated, or simply need a refresher, there are many options on the market and lots of opportunities to DIY yourself a sparkling new laminate floor.