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Making Laminate Floors Shine

January 11, 2005

I have a laminated flooring that was installed about 5 years ago. My problem is that when I clean the floor with the suggested cleaning liquid by the manufacturer, or now the new Clorox or Swifter cleaners that I have also tried, the floor retains a dull film that I can't remove back to my shiny floor. Has anyone else experienced this problem and found a remedy for it? Could it possibly be a hard water problem?

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Ruth from Jackson, MI

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By Kelly (Guest Post)
January 12, 20052 found this helpful

Try washing your floors with warm water and about a cup of vinegar (I use an ice cream pail 3/4 full of water and just pour some vinegar in). This is all my mom and I have ever used to wash floors and our floors both look great. My mom's lino. is 15 years old at least and although it is starting to wear at the seams it is still shiny.

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By Mary (Guest Post)
January 12, 20051 found this helpful

I haven't tried it myself, but a co-worker said she adds vinegar (sorry, I don't know how much) to her water and that it eliminated the problem for her.

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By MAMAB (Guest Post)
March 10, 20081 found this helpful

I use 1 cup vinegar per 1 gallon of water. But it has not taken away the dull look. Please someone help. My laminated floor is only a year old. I did not know I could not use oil soap.

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March 29, 20090 found this helpful

Do you use white vinegar for the cleaning or the browner types of vinegar? Or does it make any difference what kind you use?

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May 24, 20160 found this helpful

My floor film was so bad I was ready to replace the floor but I called Bruce's Floor Cleaner and they told me they don't tell it but the film can be removed with 1 cup water in a gallon of warm water Scrub with white damp cloth to remove film. The thing was I was using Bruce's floor cleaner (dry thoroughly) which was what I had to do to remove. Cleaned it 3 times but if you look under Bono Floor cleaner for a Laminate flooring you also will find they also sell a polish for a Laminate flooring. My opinion I don't believe we need to purchase a floor cleaner and just use the vinegar and water solution and the Bono polish. Best for you to Google and get your own opinions. I do know somewhere in here they are recommending vinegar and water for a cleaner. I will do more research before I do this but right now I am leaning toward doing that.

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May 15, 20170 found this helpful

Mix eqaul parts hot water and vinegar. This works the best.

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April 16, 20180 found this helpful

I use a drywall pole that has that they use for the sandpaper for drywall ( Lowes) that just sticks to the bottom but instead I use a ShamWow. I spray some water and vineger and use the ShamWow and it cleans it and the floor drys quickly leaving a shine. Works great on tile too!

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April 16, 20180 found this helpful

I buy the cheap ShaWows they sell at the dollar store

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August 8, 20180 found this helpful

My previous laminate was easy to clean plain water no streaks and a high shine. Replaced the whole house with the same quality but not as high a sheen. The floor looks great until the light hits it and you can see every streak and footprint. Wish I bought the exact flooring I had previously. My flooring is a week old every one loves it but I see the problem with the finish!

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August 20, 20180 found this helpful

My laminate floor was also dull and showed every footprint and smudge. I regularly clean with vinegar and water solution but I wanted the shine back. I finally used the Bona laminate cleaner and followed with the Bona laminate floor polish. I am astounded! The floor is shiny, clean and doesn't feel sticky. It is a little slippery for my dog, but I am very impressed with the results. It made my 20 year old laminate look like new.

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November 13, 20180 found this helpful

My husband installed our laminate flooring 1 year ago January 2019 and we were really pleased with it !,but when we started mopping it with warm water ,it left a film and we cant get past it! I mop the floor every week and cannot go back to the shiny look that it once had .I dont understand whats going on!everyone is saying use vinegar!use vinegar!but then some people are saying they use vinegar and it still looks dull. also, I wish it was some type of cleanser out there ,because it makes the rest of the house have a dull look!! any other new suggestions out there??

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We built this house last year. We had Quick Step laminated flooring put in, but from the day we moved in and still 7 months later we can't get these floors clean. There are what looks like a lot of smudge marks and imbedded stains. Quick Step laminated flooring won't help.


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April 14, 20180 found this helpful

You might have used detergent on the floors, which attracts more dirt. Get a special laminate cleaner. The manufacturer usually has recommendations.

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January 15, 2011

I have laminate wood flooring and it always looks dull. I use Bruce cleaner. What will make it shine?

By suan from Blue Springs, MO

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January 18, 20110 found this helpful

Laminate floors by nature simply are not shiny. You need to contact your (and/or other) laminate flooring manufacturers to answer this question because if you use anything other than what they recommend not only could your warranty be null and void but you risk ruining the floors.

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January 17, 20170 found this helpful

I saw on YouTube that Bona Floor Polish is excellent. It can be used on wood laminate floors, ceramic tile, and other floor types.

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November 22, 2014

My laminate floor is dull. Please help? I've tried Bono cleaner for laminate floors to no avail. They are clean, but have dull spots. What can I do? I've heard vinegar and water is good, but afraid to try it.


By Louise S.

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January 20, 2013

I have the same problem trying to make our laminate flooring glossy again as the person on the previous page. Is there any remedy other than tearing it up and putting down something else? I hate laminate. Never again shall I have it.

By Mary

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