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Cleaning Laminate flooring

 

Cleaning laminate flooring differs in a number of ways from cleaning the other forms of hard floor surface that have increased in popularity over the last few years.



I believe there are 3 areas that we need to take a look at in cleaning laminate flooring and those areas are :-

  • Prevention
  • Polishing
  • Protection


Prevention

 Some years ago, when the hard floor revolution was really taking hold. Cleaning companies found that installing sufficient brush matting at the entrances to buildings, reduced dramatically the amount of time they had to spend on cleaning the hard floor surfaces in the building.

 So I give you the same advice, install brush matting at the entrance to your building.
  • Firstly, outside so that feet can be wiped of the major debris on the shoes.
  • Secondly, on the inside, with another mat that will remove any further smaller debris, such as sand or grit.

I would recommend that you do this at every entrance to your building, and you will be amazed at the difference in the time you will spend cleaning laminate flooring.

Polishing

So we need to recognise the types of soil that we will be up against.

  • Liquids and wet soil
  • Sands and grits
  • Dust
  • Pet hair and fur


Liquids and wet soil

  • Any liquid spills or wet soil that comes in from outside needs to be wiped up immediately.
  • Use a damp cloth to wipe up the spillage or soil, be careful to not scrub as their may be grit in the wet soil.
  • It is important to clean any liquid spills up immediately, otherwise the flooring could begin to swell.
  • Use a dry cloth to polish up the laminate surface, if the laminate flooring has a wood grain, then work along the grain not across it.


Sands and grits
  • These need to be removed from the laminate flooring without scratching the surface. So either use a soft bristled brush to gently brush on to a plastic shovel, or use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to remove from the floor.
  • The problem with sands and grits is that they can be caught on the bottom of furniture, chairs or castors.
  • So be very careful when moving furniture of any kind, when ever possible lift the furniture, do not drag.


Dust

  • Once the sand and grit are removed you will be able to use one of the new microfibre pads to damp mop the floor.
  • When I say damp, I mean damp, not wet.
  • A damp microfibre pad will pick up the dust, a wet one will smear it over the floor.
  • Use a dry microfibre pad to buff up the surface.

Pet hair and fur

The microfibre pad could well remove these, but if not, then this is when a short handled soft bristled brush will come in handy. If this does not work then you will just have to remove them with your fingers.

Protection

This is where you will need to consult the manufacturers of your particular laminate flooring, as different manufacturers recommend different products and many have their own. So don't negate any guarantee for the sake of saving a few pennies.



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