If you have had a good laminated floor installed in your home, then you will have a good opportunity to understand what you need to do to keep it clean and safe. Although laminate is much easier to deal with than real wood, you should still keep in mind that the gloss it has needs care to maintain. You should do the following if you want to make things easier on you further down the line:
• Use a soft brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner or you can also use a swiffer tool for any hair and dust. You should sweep and vacuum in the direction of the pieces, so you can pick up anything that lays in the grooves instead of skimming over it. You must mix a few squirts of dish detergent in about a gallon of warm water. When you work on mopping you should make sure you wring it well enough so there won’t be any water left on the surface or dripping. You don’t really need a special cleaner but the aforementioned solution in pretty much all cases.
• You can also work with a solution that creates no streaks, combining a half cup of vinegar, a bit of dish detergent mixed in a bucket of warm water. This will not dull the shine and gloss of the laminate, but at the same time cleaning the surface as well. If you see streaks, then you may need to put a bit more vinegar in the mix until you find the right balance between both.
• A lot of manufacturers may require you to use their own brand of cleaners or else they will void the warranty provided upon purchase. You should still consider whether you want to follow the rules in terms of that or to make your own cleaning mix. Read the warranty guide before you make your choice and decide then. You can remove shoe polish and nail polish stains or tar by using an acetone-based nail polish remover quite safely as well.
• You should also put felt pads on all your furniture pieces, TV stands, coffee tables and more. This will help prevent scratching, as it will only make cleaning harder if you don’t. This should be done especially when you need to move any pieces of furniture. You should also do your best to lift furniture rather than slide it across the floors when you can.
• You can also place an area rug underneath the common seating area, such as the area in front of your TV or entertainment center. It will keep the area safe from high traffic with this additional layer of protection from spills, feet and more.