Laminate floors are affordable, durable, and versatile, which makes them a popular flooring option for many homeowners looking to enhance the appearance of any area in their home. With proper maintenance and care, laminate flooring can last a long time without showing signs of wear and tear. However, homeowners might begin to notice their laminate floors losing their shine and turning slowly into a dull floor. You might be feeling the need to bring the shine back to your flooring.
So how do you bring the shine back to laminate floors? Some ways to do this are correct cleaning processes like sweeping and vacuuming your floors, preparing a laminate-formulated floor cleaner and spraying it on the floor, mopping the floor, air-drying the room, and buffing any additional dull spots. You should also avoid using wax and floor polish, wet cleaning methods, and abrasive cleaning pads. For maintenance, use floor mats, designate footwear for indoor use only, and regularly sweep and vacuum your floor.
Through proper maintenance and cleaning, you can renew the shine on your laminate floors. Here are the cleaning practices you should be using on your floor.
Dust, dirt, and other particles can build up on the floor’s surface, making it look dull in the process. Here’s the correct way to clean your floors and maintain or return its shine.
Laminate flooring is naturally shiny, so floor wax and polish are unnecessary and can even cause your floors to lose their shine. Wax and most polish products don’t work well on laminate flooring. Instead of giving your floor an additional shine, it makes your floor sticky and causes dirt particles to adhere to the floor surface.
If you really must use floor polish, make sure it is a laminate floor polish specifically designed to work on your type of flooring. Otherwise, it can also be prone to sticking dirt and debris onto your floors.
Abrasive cleaners like steel wool, scrubbing sponges, and scrubbing pads can scratch out the top surface of your floor finishes responsible for giving it its shine. Stubborn dirt particles can be removed with a laminate-formulated cleaner paired with a microfiber mop or any soft microfiber cleaning cloth to clean laminate floors.
Mop your laminate floor at least once a week with your laminate-formulated cleanser. Avoid using wet cleaning methods like a bucket of soapy water and a mop, steam mop, and spray mops, as these can damage your flooring and cause it to warp. This can result in losing its shine while also damaging surrounding laminate flooring due to warping.
Also, avoid using cleaners that contain soaps, oils, and other harmful chemicals, as these can affect the composition of wood laminate floors.
Furniture can scratch at your floor surface, which can ruin its shine. Make sure your chairs have felt pads or anti-slip rubber pads at the bottom to keep it from scratching your flooring, or avoid dragging your chairs’ legs against the floor when moving it. Use wider pads for larger furniture like tables and sofas. This can prevent its legs from scratching the surface of your flooring and ruining your laminate floor shine.
Dirt particles, dust, and other debris can make your floor dirty, lose its shine, and cause tiny scratches that can dull your flooring over time. Do this once a week, and more frequently if you have kids and pets, as they can drag additional dirt onto your floors. Increase the frequency in rooms like your living room or kitchen where foot traffic is higher. Remember to always use the hard floor attachment.
Many households practice leaving their outdoor shoes at the door. This can reduce the amount of dirt that ends up on the floors of your home. Place your household’s shoe closet or organizer close to the door. They can have the option of walking around the house barefoot or with indoor slippers. Also consider advising your guests to remove their shoes when entering your home.
Place floor mats at all the entrances in your home. These can help catch dirt, soil, dust, moisture, and other loose debris that can end up on your floor, scratching it and causing it to go dull. This can also greatly help you reduce the number of times you have to sweep and mop your whole home – not just the laminate flooring. Change your floor mat at least once a week to avoid oversaturating your mats with dirt and making it less effective.
Laminate floors aren’t meant to get wet. Even if you’ve installed waterproof flooring, it’s best not to expose your floor surface to excess water. Water can soak into the sides and open seams of your floorings, which is then absorbed into the boards. If your flooring boards are wet enough, it can swell and warp the board, which can affect the boards surrounding it. It can also affect the glue holding your flooring, causing it to come loose.
In case of water spillage, wipe it immediately with a clean rag or paper towel.
You can tell a laminate flooring plank is beyond restoration when it looks warped and may actually be affecting the planks around it. If left on your floor, there’s a chance that it could start to push the other planks and affect the overall appearance. During your flooring installation, we recommend keeping a few spare planks on-hand for situations like these. If you still have a few to spare, remove the damaged plank and replace it with your spare plank.
Laminate floors are one of the most popular types of flooring that is meant to shine and complement the rest of your room’s design. If you’ve had laminate floors installed or you’re planning to redecorate a room in your home to have this type of flooring, keep in mind the cleaning and maintenance tips you should practice.
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