How to Care for Laminate Flooring

| Tiffany Stevens

Want to keep your laminate floors looking their best without the hassle? We've got you covered!

This article will be your guide on how to care for laminate flooring, providing key practices for keeping your floors looking their best for years to come.

Laminate flooring has become a popular choice for homeowners due to its affordability, durability, and wide variety of styles. 

Not only does it mimic the look of real hardwood or stone, but it also requires less maintenance.

However, to maintain its beauty and functionality, proper care is important.

We will share essential tips and tricks to help you maintain and care for your laminate flooring.


How to Care for Laminate Flooring

Cleaning Laminate Flooring

The foundation of laminate floor care is a consistent cleaning routine.


Sweeping and Vacuuming

Sweeping or dust mopping daily, particularly in high-traffic areas, removes loose dirt and debris that can scratch the surface.

Use a soft-bristled broom or a microfiber mop to avoid any harsh abrasives.

Weekly vacuuming with the soft-brush attachment or the hard floor setting (beater bar off) is also recommended.

This helps remove dust and pet hair that can build up over time.



For mopping, it's crucial to avoid soaking the floor. A damp mop is all you need.

You can use a commercial laminate floor cleaner or create your own solution with a gallon of warm water, a cup of vinegar, and a few drops of dish soap.

Wring out the mop thoroughly before cleaning to ensure minimal water is left behind.

Regular mopping is typically needed every 2-3 months, but adjust the frequency based on your needs.


Avoid Harsh Chemicals

When it comes to cleaning laminate, less is more.

Harsh chemicals, abrasive cleaners, or steam mops can potentially damage the protective top layer of laminate.

Instead, choose mild, pH-neutral cleaners specifically made for laminate floors.

These gentle cleaners will effectively remove dirt and grime without reducing the integrity of the flooring.


Wipe Up Spills Immediately

Quick action is essential when spills occur on laminate flooring.

The longer liquids sit, the greater the risk of warping or staining.

The best approach is to blot up the spill immediately with a clean, absorbent cloth, preferably microfiber.

Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as they can damage the floor's finish.

For sticky spills, a damp cloth with a mild cleaning solution should work.


Protecting Your Floor from Furniture

Furniture can be a major source of scratches and dents on laminate flooring.

To prevent this, place felt pads on the bottom of all furniture legs.

Consider using area rugs in high-traffic areas to provide an extra layer of protection.

Most importantly, whenever possible, lift or carry furniture instead of dragging it across the floor.


Avoid Excessive Sun Exposure

Direct and prolonged exposure to sunlight can fade and discolor laminate flooring over time.

To protect your floors from UV damage, consider using blinds, curtains, or UV-protective window films to minimize sun exposure.

Alternatively, rearrange furniture periodically to allow for even aging and prevent noticeable discoloration in specific areas.


Repairing Minor Damage

In the event of minor scratches or chips on your laminate flooring, there are simple repair solutions available.

Laminate floor repair kits, with touch-up pens or wax fillers, can be used to camouflage minor damage.

Follow the manufacturer's instructions and test the product in an hidden area before using it on the damaged area.


Extra Tips for Long-Lasting Beauty

Mopping Laminate Flooring

Here are some additional tips to extend the life and beauty of your laminate floors:

  • Avoid using harsh chemicals, waxes, or polishes, as they can leave a film and dull the finish.
  • Regularly trim your pet's nails to minimize potential scratches.
  • Wipe up dirt and debris from shoes to prevent scratches from built up grit.
  • Placing a doormat at entryways helps trap dirt and moisture before they reach your laminate flooring.



    By following these simple yet effective laminate floor care practices, you can help your laminate floors maintain their beauty and functionality for years to come.

    With a little routine maintenance, you'll be able to enjoy the long-lasting appeal that laminate flooring offers.

    Check out our in-depth guide covering everything you need to know about laminate flooring.

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