Everyone loves a hardwood floor, but you’ll realize that most of them are not made of solid wood all through. Instead, they are laminate flooring, which is nowadays becoming increasingly popular among homeowners because they are long-lasting and suitable for DIY installation. Other top reasons why many people prefer to install laminate floors is that they are not costly, are easy to install, and the clear protective layer on top makes them more durable compared to normal or solid wooden floors.
What are Laminate Floors?
While many people might think that they are made of solid hardwood, laminate floors are hybrid floorboards installed by joining several sheets using a tongue-and-groove system. In contrast to one solid hardwood floor covering, the following are the four top to bottom layers that make up laminate floors:
- Layer 1: The topmost melamine layer is made of tough, durable plastic that protects the layers below due to its resistance to stain, fade, and wear
- Layer 2: A melamine patterned layer that gives the floor the attractive appearance of natural hardwood, ceramic tile, or stone.
- Layer 3: A strong core layer made of high-density fibreboard (HDF) or compressed wood fibre to give the floor its shock absorbent.
- Layer 4: A melamine balancing (or backing) layer that functions as a moisture barrier and provides structural stability.
The popularity of laminate flooring stems from its visual appealing characteristic that combines hardwood or stone flooring without an outrageous price tag.
How Should You Clean Laminate Flooring?
If you love your laminate flooring, the best way to keep them clean and glossy around-the-clock is ensuring you stay on top of your routine maintenance. A consistent cleaning routine will keep them in much better condition rather than carrying out random attempts of deep cleaning. Since laminate floors require regular cleaning just like any other floor in your house, Uncle D Cleaning Services recommends the following cleaning procedures:
Regularly Sweep or Vacuum
You should sweep or vacuum your laminate flooring at least on a weekly basis. This is perhaps the simplest but most important laminate floor-cleaning routines because it prevents debris on the floor from getting trapped in between cracks and crevices after being dragged or caught underfoot. Any sharp objects can scratch the topmost melamine glossy layer of your floor, which gradually makes it dull. To prevent your laminate floors from scratches, always use a soft dust mop and keep your vacuum’s brush in the ‘up’ setting.
Use Plain Hot Water
Hot water is one of the most effective cleaning agent for your laminate flooring because it has the ability to melt dirt, cut grease, and intoxicate germs and bacteria. Since hot water does not have any added chemicals that can be harsh on the topmost melamine layer, there is little chance of damaging your floors during the cleaning process. If you are regularly following the weekly sweeping and vacuuming routine, a monthly wash-down with hot water is usually sufficient. However, it is important to wring out your wet mop until it is damp enough before applying it to the floor because laminate floors are sensitive to water.
Wipe Up Spills Immediately
Laminate floors may seem like they are completely waterproof, but actually they are not! When liquids spill on them and are left unattended to for a while, they will slowly seep in and this can damage the innermost layers. The best advice is to clean up the spill and then use a completely dry cloth or paper towel to remove all dampness. However, be cautious when trying to clean off some semi-liquid splatters, such as blood, eggs, pancake dough or even crayon, from your laminate floor. NEVER use a metal tool to scrape them up even if they have dried up. Instead, only use wood or plastic implements.
Use White Vinegar
The perfect DIY home cleaning solution for your laminate flooring is white vinegar mixed in warm water. However, this method requires a little caution because too much water or moisture is the No. 1 damaging element of compressed wood in laminate floors. Use 1-part vinegar and 3-parts warm water, but even a 50-50 mixture will be fine. Now take this concoction and pour it into a good spray bottle, then use it to mist your floor lightly and clean immediately. Ensure the solution does not seep in between the joints because the tongue and groove is not water resistant and lacks a protective layer. Whatever the case may be, never soak the floor.
Keeping your laminate floor spotless might seem like an overwhelming task. If you follow some the above simple processes, you might be surprised how you can maintain the lustre of your laminate floors for ages. However, if you encounter problems while cleaning your laminate flooring, contact the friendly team at Uncle D Cleaning Services and we’ll be able to help you!