If you have dogs or kids, chances are you put in laminate floors because of their known durability. They can handle the abuse that is dished out like your puppy’s excited running or your child’s remote controlled cars. Yet, they will still get dirty from time to time, so it is important that you know how to clean them.
What Tools Should You Use?
To get rid of the daily dust, crumbs, and dirt that wind up on your floors, you will want to invest in a good quality hard surface vacuum and a microfiber mop. Vacuuming the floors regularly will pick up the grit which also helps prevent any scratches from happening. A vacuum is a superior option to a regular broom because it will trap allergens and pet dander as it sucks up the dust and debris. The microfiber mop will help get the flooring back to its beautiful shine.
Choosing a Cleaning Solution
There are plenty of options when it comes to choosing a cleaning solution for your laminate flooring. You can go with a traditional homemade cleaning route or purchase a ready-made product from the store. There is no right or wrong answer here, but you should check your manufacturer’s guidelines to see if any ingredients are off-limits for your particular flooring brand.
Vinegar is an inexpensive and environmentally friendly base for your homemade cleaner. You can actually just use a vinegar and water mixture to get rid of the grime. However, you don’t want to dump the solution on the flooring. Instead, use a spray bottle and spritz the floor or the microfiber mop. Vinegar does have a rather pungent smell, and not everyone can tolerate it even though it does dissipate rather quickly. If that is an issue for you, try adding an essential oil to make it smell a little better.
The supermarket shelves are fully stocked with different kinds of cleaners for your laminate flooring. You may find that your flooring manufacturer even prefers a particular brand or suggests that you use a particular brand for cleaning. You may find that the scents are a little more tolerable than the vinegar scent of the DIY cleaner, but they are not as likely to be as cost-effective as the DIY method. It is a personal preference, and you will need to weigh the pros and cons for yourself.
There are companies that offer cleaning services for scrubbing your laminate flooring. These can be a great option if you do not have the time to clean them yourself. Plus, if you are injured or have mobility issues, you may not be able to clean your floors without assistance. Many local companies will offer this service in the Ottawa area.
If you are in the market for new laminate floors, or you have questions on how to care for your existing floors, contact Ottawa Diamond Flooring today. We are the flooring experts, and we have the answers that you need! Stop by our showroom to talk to one of our flooring-experts