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How do you clean light colored Pergo floors? I have tried mopping with vinegar and with ammonia and even with Pergo cleaner, but there are streaks that show up after a day or so. I've tried the steam mop, but it still streaks. Help!
By Susan from Tampa, FL
The trick is to dry them after you mop. You can buy a wide, rectangular "mop" (intended as a dry mop), with microfiber covers that are washable and reusable. I would try running it over the floor after you mop, and see if that helps, You could probably also make covers from old towels for a swiffer dry mop. Wouldn't be as wide, so more swipes would be needed, but if you have the swiffer, would be free!
It's very likely the mop you're using. Try using a good absorbent sponge mop, it won't leave streaks of water on the floor.
I had a hardwood floor refinisher tell me that he used a Hoover Floor Mate. It vacuums washes and dries without leaving any residue at all.
When you empty the water you will see how much dirt any other method leaves on the floor and believe me I've tried them all, no more streaking on my ceramic tiles or my hardwood. I sometimes use a mild solution of vinegar/water. The dirty water is vacuumed up into the reserve tank and doesn't just get pushed around. I hope this helps.
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I have dark laminate floors. What can I use on them that won't make them look dull and streaky?
By Katie Revelle from MO
Hardwood floor cleaner by BonaKemi my husband is retired hardwood floor installer and he says this is good. He says laminate is tricky and best to not use just anything. (05/02/2010)
Find out what your flooring company recommends. My laminate flooring package said to use Windex. It works beautifully. (05/03/2010)
By Vi Johnson
My laminate flooring instructions said to use plain, warm water and if the floor is really dirty, put one cup of vinegar into a gallon of water. I also have old towels and I wash a section of the floor then lay the towel down and step on it and slide across the floor to dry the floor, rumba, and a clean floor in one! Ha! Ha! good thing the neighbors can't see. I think drying the floor makes it streak free. (05/04/2010)
I have Pergo floors that are a very light shade of wood color. I have tried mopping them with a damp mop and with ammonia and with vinegar and even with the Pergo cleaner. I have tried the new steam mop as well. They look fine immediately after mopping with whatever I use, but then I can see streaks a day or so later. What can I use to clean the floors to get rid of the streaks?
By Susan from Tampa, FL
Using too much liquid can ruin laminate floors. That is also what causes streaks and spots. You can use a Wonder mop and plain water. Use their wringer, then wring it out more by hand until it is almost dry. Mop with the grain of the wood. I dust mop often, but mop as rarely as I can get by with. If I see a spot on the floor, I use a damp paper towel to wipe the spot, then dry it with a dry paper towel. (10/19/2010)
You should never use anything on a laminate floor except an approved laminate cleaner. Try Bona X laminate floor cleaner. Keep the floor as dry as possible, never use vinegar and water! Laminate is nothing, but pressed wood with a veneer on top. If water soaks down between it, the wood will swell and you will have "humps" in your floor. If an approved cleaner does not do the trick, call your local flooring store and ask them to contact Technical Support for that brand of laminate. Sadly, the damage may be done. Good luck! (10/20/2010)
By Vicki Keyes
By the way, the ammonia is probably what caused your streaking damage. :( (10/20/2010)
By Vicki Keyes
I was told just today by an Empire installer that you can purchase laminate floor cleaner at Lowe's and Home Depot. A lady on the phone from Empire told me to get either Bruce or Armstrong laminate cleaner. The installer said to never use a steam cleaner, and when using a mop be sure it's no more than the wetness of a wash cloth you would hand wring.
I had a scratch on my floor and the guy from Empire said that most scratches occur from sharp small rocks embedded in the bottom of shoes. (10/25/2010)