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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March 13, 2006 Flag
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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

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
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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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Thank you.

By Amanda F

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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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May 24, 2014 Flag
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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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December 23, 2012 Flag
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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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May 5, 20160 found this helpful

April 6, 2016 Flag
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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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December 4, 2014 Flag

I have had my cleaning business for 14 years working with many different floor types. Floor surface residue build up is a combination of previously used products, yes, but there are many other culprits.


The following is a short list:
outside dirt, foot oil, lotions, baby powders, perfumes, room deodorizers, make-up, spray deodorants, hair spray, animal paws, foods, dust, cooking oils, fireplace/gas fire/gas heat/woodstove, plus many more. These things will eventually become part of the "floor surface residue."

The safest cleaning method (besides hand cleaning and drying by the sq. ft.) is to mix a drop of Dawn dish detergent with warm water, spray onto a microfiber mop for hardwood (keeping it almost dry) and hand cloth spot clean and dry immediately. Laminate wood floor can be a little more damp, and even more so for linoleum and tile/marble, and cement.

The #1 key is to sweep/vacuum "all" the time. If you are looking for, as close to, the brand new, just installed look, after a thorough sweep/vacuum and mopping, perhaps, with a second warm water only mopping with a clean microfiber, get down on your hands and knees with a couple of clean microfiber cloths and rubbing alcohol and clean up dull surface build up (not recommended every time).

A little reminder: life is short, it's just a floor.

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March 15, 2010 Flag
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What is the best vacuum or sweeper to use, to pick up pet hair and dust on laminate flooring?

By Tracey from AL

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
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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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November 14, 20110 found this helpful

March 2, 2011 Flag
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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
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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
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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
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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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