Mineral Spirits For Laminate Floors

I have been regretful of our floor choice from day one of my laminate floor install. We choose them due to high traffic and pool access. I've searched for years for the right solution for the footprints and smudges that show up immediately after cleaning the floor. So, finally here it is!


Cheap and simple odorless mineral spirits (in the paint section of the big box stores next to thinners) and water. I make a 50/50 mixture and use a mopping pad, working backwards in medium sections. After each section, I take an old bath towel (or cheap one) and dry the section just cleaned. Wait until dry to walk on the floor. I've only done this once so far but NO footprints.

Previously, any solution: Swifter, Bona, Vinegar, etc., would show footprints immediately. Fingers crossed and I am calm after cleaning!

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September 27, 20130 found this helpful

Maybe I am wrong, but I think using mineral spirits would be very hard on laminate floors even though it is diluted. I would check with your manufacturer before doing it too many times.


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September 27, 20130 found this helpful

Do be careful. Mineral spirits is also known as paint remover. It may be doing bad things to the finish on your floor, especially over time.


It is also the reason house painters have long term neurological problems. I would look into this carefully before I did it twice.

April 25, 20160 found this helpful

This is a joke, right? Do not use Mineral Spirits on your laminate or any other floor!

March 6, 20180 found this helpful

Oh my God i got same problem! I hope it works for me fingers crossed!

April 5, 20230 found this helpful

Did mineral spirits work on your laminate floor without damaging it?

August 23, 20180 found this helpful

Yes this works!
Thanks Ive tried a lot of products, vinegar, Murphy s oil
And was surprised
Now I wait to see how long before it builds back up

October 16, 20180 found this helpful

Floors are shiny now..miracle GooGone Grout & Tile Cleaner. This stuff is fantastic on floors.

July 31, 20210 found this helpful

I too so regret my flooring choice. I cannot wait to try your recommendation. I have tried absolutely everything under the sun.


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