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How to Clean Laminate Floors
In the recent past, the use of laminate flooring for interior design has increased significantly. While it is a poor duckling for most people when it comes to the use of flooring in living spaces, this negative view is slowly changing. It has become an option for solid wood options for good reason. First of all, it is inexpensive and creates a great effect and shiny charm due to its excellent photo-productivity.
However, it is relatively delicate, and if not properly maintained, careless homeowners can incur high laminate replacement costs. Therefore, everyone should equip themselves with cleaning and maintenance strategies to ensure its maximum life. Familiarity with the different types of laminate flooring is essential before you start cleaning and maintaining it.
Cleaning methods for laminate floors
Laminate floors should be cleaned with a clean microfiber cloth or mop. It is important to pay attention to the softness of the materials that make up the mop. This is because if it has a rough texture, you run the risk of scratching the surface.
To remove greasy and oily stains more easily, you can use a liquid detergent or powder. However, you should make sure that the detergents you use do not contain any effective substances such as bleach, as they attack the surface.
That being said, ammonia-based cleaners should be avoided at all costs. Ammonia has been shown to react with film foams and can create permanently unpleasant particles. It also creates pores on the laminate, making it susceptible to wetting during cleaning.
Step-by-step Laminate floor cleaning guide
Remove dust particles
The first step in cleaning your laminate floor should be to remove dust particles from the floor. A good old broom should be sufficient for this. However, care must be taken for two reasons:
- If the broom has sharp handles, it can scratch the surface.
- Dust particles can cause surface abrasion when sweeping and should be removed gently.
For this reason, a lot of dexterity is required to remove dust particles. Alternatively, you can decide to use a vacuum cleaner for laminate floors. What many homeowners do not know is that there are vacuum cleaners that are specifically designed for use on laminate floors. Once you have eliminated all the dust particles, you can move on to the next step. Also, you can hire the best cleaning company for your home to clean and maintain it properly.
Moping the laminate floor
Add controlled amounts of detergent to a bucket of water. Although most people advocate using hot water, there usually is not much difference in the end result. Using a microfiber cloth, gently wipe in a circular motion from the far corner of the room to the door. Always remember to wash off excess water with a suitable mop and allow any stain to dry.
It should be noted that furniture must be lifted every time it is moved from one point to another, as its edges will peel the laminate over time. In the same sense, if you get dirty, you need to replace the water.
A common mistake is to let water stand for a long time after cleaning. Even though this is perfectly normal for a tile or marble floor, it is different for a laminate floor. This is because excess water will ruin the laminate. Therefore, in very wet areas, you can use a dehumidifier to ensure that all surfaces dry as quickly as possible.
Occasionally, you may find that cleaned surfaces have hard spots and unpleasant stains. This can be caused by leaking oil, ink, or even tar. In such cases, you may need to buy acetone and clean the surface with a soft, soft cloth. You should not be tempted to scrub hard as this can cause abrasion.
Maintenance of laminate floors
With simple strategies, you can keep your laminate flooring looking great for several years to come. By keeping the following points in mind, you can get the most out of your laminate flooring.
- Place entrance mats on each doorway. These mats are useful for catching dirt and shoe soles. Ignoring even the smallest particles can cause problems, as this will definitely cause abrasion on the surface of the laminate.
- Vinyl flooring should be installed in rooms that are prone to slipping.
- The relative humidity in the home should be kept between 40 and 60%. This will prevent the laminate floors from wrapping.
- Any leaks should be cleaned up immediately. Water and other liquids are known to wet laminate floors, which over time can compromise their structural integrity. Areas that are most affected and should be given more attention are bathrooms, laundry rooms and kitchens.
- Pet owners are advised to keep their pets' claws clean. It is not uncommon for cats to run around the house while playing. However, if they have sharp nails, they are sure to cause scratches on your laminate floor.
While laminate flooring is a great decoration that adds to the charm of your home, its serviceability goes so far as to require cleaning and maintenance. In cases where it has been there for several years and has become dull, you may need to apply a coat or two of varnish to restore the shine.
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