Cleaning Laminate Flooring

Laminate floors can easily get water damaged. Knowing how to clean your laminate flooring, can keep it looking new for many years. This is a guide on cleaning laminate flooring.
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May 24, 2014 Flag

Use equal parts water, white vinegar, and rubbing alcohol together in a squirt bottle to clean laminated floors. Use a soft towel or microfiber cloth. The rubbing alcohol will make floor dry quick and not leave a film or spotting. I would not recommend steam mops, they will eventually loosen and lift the flooring, or any excessive amounts of water.

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June 3, 20140 found this helpful

I'll check this one out; I'll a little leary of the alcohol on my wood laminate floors. I've been using water and vinegar only.

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January 20, 2017 Flag

ZEP makes a cleaning product and a stripping product. I assume the discussions here about removing build up on laminate flooring are recommending the stripping product. The packaging says to follow use with a ZEP sealer. Is this necessary on a Pergo or other wood-looking laminate surface?

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January 20, 20170 found this helpful

The instructions that came with my wood-look laminate floor specifically said not to use vinegar because the acid would eat away at the floor material.

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March 13, 2006 Flag

Is it true that I am not supposed to sweep my Pergo floor with a broom? How do I clean up the daily crumbs from the kids?

Timmel from Colorado Srpings

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March 14, 20060 found this helpful
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My in-laws got in their old house....you can use a nylon broom or vacuum w/floor head attachment, but don't let water set...to be sure, check with the manufacture reccomendations.

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July 3, 2012 Flag

My other half tried to remove a light scratch from our new matte finish laminate floor using an abrasive cleaner (cif), which has now resulted in an unsightly and obvious shiny patch. Is there any way of restoring the matte finish?
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September 30, 20130 found this helpful
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When I had my darker color Pergo laminate flooring put in just last week, the installer told me to buy a brown sharpie and if I got a scratch, use the sharpie and then wipe it in. I've tried about everything advised to clean the floor and nothing has worked yet. The best I've got is using Windex and a cleaned swifter damp cloth on the swifter mop. We've got dogs so it gets dirty fast! I am not very happy about the way the flooring cleans. Not happy at All but I love the way it should look!

I'm thinking about using my dry steam mop, I don't care what is recommended. The floor looks like crap as it is. I waited and waited to get the flooring I liked and this is what I get from it.

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December 23, 2012 Flag

This is my dilemma. I have Shaw laminate floors. I have had them for 5 months. I have used the Bona, Shaw, and vinegar and water. Nothing but nothing so far has kept them from getting footprints and streaks on them within an half hour after cleaning. Please if anyone has any ideas I would appreciate it if, you would share. Thanks!

By Eva from Beavercreek, OH

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January 30, 20160 found this helpful

I hate to tell you this, but it is just how it is. Shiny floors, and people, pets or children mean it will not stay clean. I rue the day I bought them. When they are clean (for 20 minutes) they are lovely. I vaccum, sweep and mop many times a week. Vinegar , water and alcohol are the best cleaners, but nothing prevents spots, footprints and everything else from showing. I just have started telling myself, that it is clean enough. Sorry!

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April 6, 2016 Flag

We have laminate flooring that was installed in October. I have used Bona floor cleaner and now I have a film on the floors. Any suggestions for removing the build up?

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July 1, 20160 found this helpful

Pergo floors cost me $1580 rent deposit. Now that I own my own home, I will never buy it. Who wants a floor they can't even kill germs off?

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August 11, 2016 Flag

I'm so confused, in my research for finding a good laminate floor cleaner, the advice I am getting is so conflicting. Even manufacturers say not to use vinager, yet many tell me to use vinegar. I had in the past, but it left streaks anyway. Now I'm told to add alcohol to the vinager and water solution. Help! Also, I use and love Hope's floor revive on my hardwood floors. Does anybody use it on laminate floors?

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March 15, 2010 Flag

What is the best vacuum or sweeper to use, to pick up pet hair and dust on laminate flooring?

By Tracey from AL

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March 18, 20100 found this helpful

I have a small bagless Hoover Flair. It looks like a stickvac and cost around $50. It is easy to handle and you can run the beaterbar or not. It is pretty good on carpet but perfect for bare floors. You can take the filter out and wash it. This model has been around for a long time, I think because it is such a good machine. Stick it in the closet and you wont even know it is there. I am a retired cleaning lady and very picky. Good luck!

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November 11, 2011 Flag

Can a Swiffer Wet Jet cleaner be used on laminate floors?

By Maureen

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November 14, 20110 found this helpful

White vinegar only.

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March 2, 2011 Flag

What's the best way to clean heavy duty laminated dark cherry flooring? I want to give it a shine with no dullness afterward? Thank you.

By Trudy

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October 19, 20130 found this helpful

After having Shaw Laminate flooring installed throughout our home and seeing what different "cleaning experts" said how to clean to my floors, I contacted Shaw by email and asked them what to use and how to do the cleaning. The customer service Tech was very nice and said that they suggested...a Shaw product. I explained that I am very chemically sensitive so I can't handle a smell in the cleaner. She was kind enough to ship a small sample bottle along with a cleaning and care sheet which is what she said I should have been given by the Shaw retailer that sold and installed the product.

She also gave me the directions on what to use if I could not use their cleaning product. These are a summary of those directions:

Never use microfiber like Swiffer, always use 100% cotton

mop heads or cotton cloths. Vacuum without the beater bar, sweep or dust mop with a cotton mop head to get all the dust and dirt up. Then use Bona for laminate floors to clean areas that are dirty. Spray the Bona lightly, then let it sit a couple of seconds, then wipe with the cotton mop or cotton cloth. Polish with the cotton cloths to buff and bring your shine back. Never mop with water and/or any soap product. Do not use vinegar either.

Check with the manufacturer of your floor product as to how they want you to clean your floor. This is vital if you ever need to use the warranty that came with your laminate flooring product. Trust me they DO check on how the floor was cared for and cleaned when you file a claim against your warranty. It's there to protect your investment. It's worth your time to call or email your laminate flooring manufacturer.

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November 17, 2011 Flag

Are wet Swiffer mops safe to use on Pergo floors?

By rainy hill

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November 18, 20110 found this helpful

I used one on mine till I got my Bissell steam mop. You have to go over it with a cloth after or it streaks. You can use a Swiffer and put a towel in it to dry it but since I got my steamer I don't have to do that.

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August 20, 2011 Flag

Even after mopping with Mr. Clean my laminate floors leave my barefoot babies with black toes! What am I doing wrong?

By Denise

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August 22, 20110 found this helpful

I have found that the best way to clean my laminate floor is to use vinegar and water in a spray bottle. A quarter cup of vinegar to a quart of water. I wrap a rag on my Swiffer, spritz the vinegar and water on a section of floor and wipe it. I change the rag for each section of floor. Result is clean floor and clean piggies.

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May 24, 2013 Flag

I unfortunately put a stain on my Pergo laminate floor, big mistake. It left streaks and clouds all over the floor. I've tried everything to get them out. Please help!

By Vin

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May 26, 20131 found this helpful

I suggest you contact the manufacturer for advice. I would contact the flooring manufacturer and the stain manufacturer.

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November 28, 2007 Flag

I recently bought a condo with laminate flooring in the entry hall and kitchen. It was dull and a mess. I was advised to to use Hope's Floor revive, not a good idea. The floor now has a build up and shows scratches from my dog walking across it. Does anyone have a suggestion for stripping off the Hopes Floor Revive? The floor never scratched prior to using Hope's. Please help.

Curtis from Evansville, IN

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November 29, 20070 found this helpful

Mixture of ammonia + water, good scrub brush. Then the old fashioned way of cleaning is down on your knees.

Make sure that you have good ventilation in the room.

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January 24, 2011 Flag

What is the best way to clean my laminate floor after new construction? The floor appears to have a dull finish?

By Brett from MN

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Most laminate floors have a rather dull finish so that's normal. Never clean laminate floors with anything other than vinegar and water solution or use cleaning products that the floor manufacturer recommends. If you use anything else and something goes wrong, the manufacturer will void your warranty. (11/02/2010)

By Deeli

Cleaning Laminate Floors

The best way to clean laminate wood floors is Windex. Spray Windex on the floor use a dry, clean, microfiber mop to wipe up the Windex. It will clean and make the floor shine without streaking. Do not use Orange Glo on laminate floors. It is designed for regular dull finish hardwood floors and will leave a film on the floor. (01/12/2011)

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October 30, 2010 Flag

I have laminate floors throughout my house. I was advised by a friend to not mop them like you would linoleum. Laminate is not sealed between the sections and the water will get into the wood and warp. So how do you clean it safely?

By Carol from West Milton, OH

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Cleaning Laminate Floors

I use microfiber cloths, water, and a little vinegar mixed in a bucket. Just a damp cloth is all you need. I have a mop with a microfiber bonnet. I just toss it in the washer when I'm done. (09/30/2010)

By brandykins

Cleaning Laminate Floors

You can use water; we do all the time. But, you do not want the mop dripping. Add about a cap full of floor cleaner to 5 liters/1 gallon hot water, as hot as you can put your hands into. Then rinse the mop in the water, but then wring it out well.

I mop over the area twice, then use an old towel to wipe over the floor, to dry up any damp patches. (09/30/2010)

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September 30, 2010 Flag

I have an extremely high gloss laminate floor, it's beautiful. I have tried everything to clean it, but I can still see streaks. Help. Does anything work?

By zus from Yellowstone, WY

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Cleaning Laminate Floors

I also have laminate and fought the streak problem. I use a bucket of water with a cap full of Mr. Clean. The trick is to wash the floor in the direction of the laminate. It will eliminate streaking. (03/12/2010)

By PICO

Cleaning Laminate Floors

You can use any safe cleaner (vinegar/alcohol/water) window cleaner, etc. The ONLY way to keep it from streaking is to dry it off completely. Terry cloth towels or microfiber cloth works best. (06/07/2010)

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September 15, 2010 Flag

What is everyone using to clean wood laminate floors?

By Lin from KS

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Cleaning Laminate Hardwood Floors

Hands and knees, damp washcloth, then dry washcloth with a little Pledge on it, lots of elbow grease. You do not want slippery. (06/25/2010)

By T&T Grandma

Cleaning Laminate Hardwood Floors

Just make sure what you are using does not have an oily base, like Murphy's Floor cleaner, as the oil soaks into the wood, and if you need to refinish you will have to sand way down so the finish will adhere. (06/26/2010)

By WeeWillie

Cleaning Laminate Hardwood Floors

Be careful using any commercial cleaning products because most will damage the laminate and the manufacturers will void your warranty because of damage due to chemicals. You can experiment with various things in an inconspicuous spot if you like but the best thing to use is a cup of white vinegar mixed with a couple gallons of water. It's as simple as that and it's inexpensive. (06/26/2010)

By Deeli

Cleaning Laminate Hardwood Floors

All you need is a dry Magic Eraser. Try it, you will see I am correct. (07/10/2010)

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June 24, 2010 Flag

I need to know how to remove Mop and Glo build up from laminate wood floor.

By Kelli from Sacramento, CA

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Cleaning Laminate Hardwood Floors

I sweep first with a microfiber swivel dry-mop, then spray a reach with an organic citrus cleaner in an old Windex sprayer, and use a damp old-fashioned string mop on the sprayed area. After each 10 foot by 10 foot area I rinse the string mop in hot water and wring it enough so that it does not drip. There are never any streaks, and the same silky semi-gloss as when the floor was brand new.


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Cleaning Laminate Hardwood Floors

I have tried everything and what works absolutely best is a cup of white vinegar in a 2 gallon bucket of hot water. Had to do it twice the first time because so much residue came up from using other cleaners. (04/09/2010)

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March 28, 2010 Flag

Does anyone know how to shine up wood laminate flooring? I have only used vinegar and water to clean, but there is no shine on my floors at all. Thanks

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March 9, 2010 Flag

What's best used to clean laminate flooring? I don't want to use anything that leaves streaks or dulls it. Thank you.

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February 10, 2010 Flag

How do you clean laminate wood floor?

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December 10, 2009 Flag

I was told not to use anything on my Pergo laminate floors. Is this true? Or can someone give me a way to clean them, besides the spray?

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October 18, 2009 Flag

We have just moved into our new home. The previous owners installed laminate hardwood flooring throughout the house.

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September 10, 2009 Flag

How to remove skidmarks from laminate floor?

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July 21, 2009 Flag

I just had a new laminate floor installed and I love it. So far (because it's new and hasn't had time to get really dirty) I've just damp mopped it.

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May 30, 2009 Flag

Just installed new dark oak coloured laminate flooring. Unfortunately it shows up every mark, footprints, paw marks, water stains, etc.

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May 21, 2009 Flag

I am looking for a wood floor (laminate) cleaner.

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May 7, 2009 Flag

How do I get rid of the film that's on my laminate floors?

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February 27, 2009 Flag

How do you clean laminate flooring? There is wax/oil on parts of the flooring, because my boyfriend in the past made the mistake of putting wax on the flooring?

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