The Malkin’s Flooring team highly recommends laminate flooring for busy households because of its resistance to impact, scratches, fading, and stains. Laminate floors are one of the most durable, cost-effective options available—and they mimic the sophistication of more expensive materials like wood, stone, and ceramic for less.
In fact, laminate hardwood looks so authentic that homeowners are choosing it over real hardwood. It requires less maintenance and is up to five times more durable. With proper care and cleaning, hard-wearing laminate floors can look like new and last for years to come. Here are my top laminate care tips so you can get the most out of your gorgeous floors:
- Only use cotton, terry cloth, or microfiber mops. These materials effectively pick up dirt, dust, and other messes that settle on your flooring without water. Another major benefit to these materials is they’re eco-friendly—you can wash and reuse mop heads after every cleaning.
- Don’t use beater bar vacuums on laminate. Most vacuums have beater bars—the rotating brush that gets dirt out of your carpet—but using these vacuums on laminate can be damaging. Instead, use its hose and brush attachment or sweep your laminate to prevent damage.
- Stay away from water. Never use wet mops, including traditional string or sponge options, to clean your floors. Water can seep into cracks and cause your flooring to swell, warp, and separate—which may not be covered by your warranty.
- Blot up spills as soon as they happen. Even the smallest of spills can cause permanent damage if left standing on the floor. Use a damp cloth to wipe up spills and messes immediately, and then wipe with a dry rag.
- Avoid harsh cleaners, soaps, and vinegar. Only use hard surface-specific cleaners on your laminate floors—and apply it directly to your mop head or spray from a distance to avoid staining. Other things to avoid? Wax, polish, oils, soaps, detergents, steam cleaners, spray mops, power cleaners, and buffing machines. When it comes to laminate flooring, these common household cleaners and tools can do more harm than good.