How to clean and maintain Laminate flooring

Laminate flooring is an affordable, easy way to get the flooring finish you want. Cost-effective yet looks great, laminate can be a great way to style your home. 

When it comes to maintenance, laminate flooring still needs to be taken care of in order to keep it looking fresh and beautiful, and avoid damage that can mean costly replacements. In this blog post, we will advise on how best to clean and maintain your laminate flooring in your home, so you can enjoy your flooring for years to come! 


How to clean your laminate flooring


Regular cleaning can help keep your laminate flooring looking at its best, even with a busy household. Knowing how to best clean your floor is essential, as laminate flooring requires specific instructions as to how to care for it properly. We would always recommend reading the cleaning manual from your manufacturer beforehand, as they often provide any particular instruction for that specific type or brand. But what are the other cleaning tips you should be aware of? 


1. Clean up any spills immediately 


Although this seems like common sense, letting anything sit on your laminate flooring for a while can increase the risk of staining. Liquids are a particular problem for laminate, so use a soft cloth to wipe up any mess. Avoid the use of any cleaning materials that are abrasive as this can scratch your floor. 

2. Do a gentle mop every month


As laminate flooring is susceptible to damage from water, it is important not to over-mop your floors. Once a month is fine to keep it looking fresh and clean, just remember not to use too much water, a damp mop is fine! Use a soft microfibre mop to ensure you don’t get your floor too wet. 


3. Use a laminate floor cleaning solution


There are a wide range of laminate flooring cleaning solutions available from manufacturers, hardware shops or an online shop such as Direct Wood Flooring. Using ordinary cleaners, especially oil-based ones, can affect the sealant that is applied to the top layer of your laminate flooring, so it is essential to find a laminate-friendly product for use when you are cleaning. This ensures you keep your home clean without damage to your floors. 

4. Household solutions


Thanks to the rise of social media cleaning “hacks” there is a lot of useful information out there as to how to tackle spillages that are slightly out of the ordinary, but how to know which ones to trust?

Rubbing alcohol is a great way to remove oil-based stains such as paint, crayons, and nail polish. If you spill candle wax, then hardening it with a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel before gently scraping it off is a really useful tip!. 


How to maintain your laminate flooring


There are several steps you can take to help maintain the longevity of your laminate flooring and prevent damage. These are easy to implement and will help protect your floor and keep it looking pristine; remember prevention is better than the cure, so follow our advice below:


1. Sweep regularly


Grit or larger dirt particles can cause scratches on your laminate flooring, so it is important that you sweep regularly as part of your maintenance routine. Keeping your floor free of dirt can help the laminate stay looking as fantastic as the day it was laid.

2. Furniture Pads


Adding padding onto the bottom of your furniture can be a great way of preventing indents and damage to your laminate flooring, especially if you intend to move your furniture around in the future. These are cheap to purchase and can be added to any furniture that has legs or feet such as tables or chairs. 


Felt Pads

3. Ensure pets claws are kept short


Making sure your pets claws are kept short helps protect your laminate flooring from unwanted scratches. Keeping them trimmed is a free and easy solution to one of the most common reasons for damage to a laminate floor.

4. Add mats to doorways


Another cheap way of helping to prevent unwanted damage and keep your laminate floor looking sparkly clean is to add welcome mats to entrances and exits. By making sure your family and guests keep their footwear as clean as possible, they are less likely to track in any damaging dirt or grit. 


Laminate floors from Direct Wood Flooring

If you are looking to add laminate flooring to your home, then here at Direct Wood flooring we have a great range of options. Our laminate flooring comes in a variety of different colours, thicknesses, and grades, allowing you to find the perfect flooring for your project. 

We offer a wide range of laminate flooring, from the quality constructed low cost options to high end products. The advances in design and manufacturing techniques allow designs and styling to very closely mimic actual wood and natural products, so you get a beautiful wood effect – without the added cost. 

If you already have laminate flooring and would like to purchase the correct products to help clean and maintain it, then we offer protective products and accessories that can help. 

We have felt and self-adhesive furniture feet pads to add to the furniture in your home, as well as microfibre cloths and cleaning products designed for use on your laminate flooring. We also offer a range of floor repair kits, should any small tears or damage occur. So, whatever you need, when it comes to laminate flooring, we have you covered!

If you have any questions or queries about your laminate flooring, please use our contact form on the website to get in touch, alternatively you can call one of our friendly team on 03308 182 500.