If you have laminate floors, you know that they can be tricky to clean. Water is your enemy when it comes to laminate, which means that traditional mopping methods are out of the question. But what about steam mopping? Can you use a steam mop on laminate floors without damaging them? Let’s find out.
Steaming your laminate floors is a huge no-no. These types of surfaces are highly sensitive to things like humidity and moisture, and even a tiny bit of water can seep into cracks and cause irreversible damage.
Laminate floors are typically made from a layer of fibreboard, so damage can occur when the board gets wet and swells, eventually causing it to buckle. The laminate itself can also warp and become discolored, ruining the look of your floors.
However, that doesn’t mean that you are completely out of luck when it comes to steam mopping.
If your laminate flooring is sealed and water-resistant, then you may be able to use a steam mop to clean them.
Check the manufacturer’s recommendations before attempting this, and make sure that your steam mop has adjustable settings so you can keep it on the lowest possible setting.
If your floors are sealed, but not water resistant, or if they aren’t sealed at all, then you will need to find another cleaning method.
5 Ways to Clean Your Laminate Floor Without Steam
1. Use a microfibre mop
This is a simple, basic solution that can work well if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty. Use a dry microfibre mop to remove dust and debris, then dampen it with water or a mild detergent solution. Mop in circular motions until your floor is clean and shiny.
Do not drench your mop in water as it will still ruin the floor. For a streak-free shine, mix one part vinegar to three parts water in a spray bottle. Gently mist your microfiber mop and then wipe it along the length of the panels – not horizontally against them.
2. Use a vacuum cleaner
If you prefer not to get your hands dirty, you can also use a vacuum cleaner for laminate flooring. Simply vacuum the surface to remove any dust and debris, then dampen a microfibre cloth or mop with water or a mild detergent solution and go over your floors in circular motions.
For best results, use a vacuum cleaner with a soft bristle attachment. Avoid vacuums that produce heat or suction, as these can damage your laminate floors over time.
3. Use a laminate floor cleaning kit
Many big brands now offer specialized laminate floor cleaning kits that are designed specifically for these surfaces. These kits typically include a special mop and cleaning solution, so you can simply apply the solution and go over your floor with the mop to lift dirt, grime, and stains.
Be sure to read the instructions carefully before using a laminate floor cleaning kit, as some solutions can be harsh and may damage your floors if not used properly.
4. Use a damp cloth or paper towel
If you don’t have any of the products above on hand, you can also use a damp cloth or paper towel to clean your laminate floors. Simply wipe down the surface with a damp cloth (or paper towel if you’re worried about leaving behind streaks) and then buff the floor with a dry cloth until it is shiny and streak-free.
5. Use a dry dust mop
If you have sticky or oily messes to clean up, such as pet hair or food residue, you can use a dry dust mop instead of a damp cloth or paper towel. Simply run the mop over your floor to pick up dirt and debris, then buff it with a clean, dry cloth until your floors are clean and shiny.
Remember that no matter which method you choose, it’s always best to test it on a small area of your laminate flooring first, especially if you are using any cleaning products. This will help ensure that it doesn’t damage the surface over time.
Laminate floors are a popular choice for many homeowners because they are durable and easy to care for. But because they are made of multiple layers of pressed wood, they can be damaged by heat and moisture.
That’s why you should never use a steam mop on laminate floors unless it’s a product that has been created specifically to clean laminate floors with steam.
The best way to clean them is with a damp microfiber mop or cloth. If you do use a wet mop, make sure that it is only slightly damp, and wring it out thoroughly before each pass. You should also avoid walking on wet laminate floors, as this can cause them to warp.