No one wants high-maintenance floors; that’s a long-term relationship nobody has time nor energy for these days! You likely invested in laminate wood flooring to begin with in part because of the low-maintenance appeal. You probably even went and got yourself the best hardwood floor vacuum that you could find at the time, but what else do you need to know and which other cleaning products do you need to keep the love alive? A vacuum is great, but keeping hardwood floors clean goes beyond just simply vacuuming and leaving it to fate.
The color and grain of your laminate wood floor and whether it has a smooth or textured surface may help you decide, as well as the objectives you want to accomplish.
Do you want the floors to have a high-gloss shine when you’re done cleaning or are you looking to minimize the appearance of scratches and scuffs, or both?
There are reliable products that will do either or both depending on your needs. Here’s a handy list of 4 of them:
Bona Stone, Tile and Laminate Floor Cleaner
You can’t go wrong with Bona products. Bona has been in the floor care business since 1919 and has established a long reputation of reliability and performance. The laminate floor cleaner leaves a clean finish by removing dust, dirt and grime and drying fast without leaving a residue. It’s also eco-friendly and is certified by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute, a reputable organization dedicated in part to promoting environmental health and safety.
Black Diamond Stoneworks Wood and Laminate Floor Cleaner
Offered as a safe, effective alternative to harmful other cleaners that damage floors over time, this cleaner removes dust, dirt and grime, dries fast and shouldn’t leave streaks. Being non-toxic, it’s also safe to use around children and pets. The formula that contains PS3 helps prevent dirt from sticking to the floors, which allows for even easier maintenance. It’s made in the USA and comes with a money back satisfaction guarantee.
Rejuvenate Floor Cleaner, Floor Restorer and Floor Shine Refresher
If you like a lemony-fresh smell and a shine to your floors, use the Cleaner routinely to remove dirt and grime. Used in conjunction with the Restorer, you can make your tired old laminate wood floors look greatly improved and almost like new. The Restorer fills in scratches, seals and protects the floor and restores the shine. It also helps improve traction, which is a nice perk if you have children or pets. Lastly, if you’re looking for super shiny floors, try the Refresher: it won’t disappoint. (Be advised though, it’s recommended for newer floors only). All three are eco-friendly and GREENGUARD Certified.
White Vinegar and Water
Tried and true, an inexpensive yet generally effective option. Suggested ratio: mix approx. A cup vinegar to 1 gallon water. Try using distilled water if you have hard water or it’s leaving streaks. Note: Warm water is ok but do not use a steam cleaner! Most laminate floors are not designed to be steam-cleaned with any type of solution.
Important: Before using any cleaning product, always check the manufacturer specs of your laminate wood floors to ensure the product you want to use is compliant.
Now that you have some great options and considerations to takeaway on cleaning products, think of prevention in conclusion. Preventing dust and debris in the first place helps cut down on cleaning and will ensure that whatever product you choose to clean your wood laminate floors will work it’s best. Tip: Try taking off your shoes upon entering the house and placing debris-catching door mats near entries to catch unwanted grit before it gets tracked onto the floor.
And when your floors need a little tender loving care, give one or all of the above cleaning products a try and your floors will repay you by showing off their brilliance!