Do’s and Don’ts of Cleaning and Caring for a Laminate Flooring 

With the right mop, cleaning laminate flooring is much easier. At the end of this tutorial, you should be able to clean your laminate floor effortlessly.  

To do this, you will need just a couple of things to get started: A cleaning solution and a microfiber mop. 


Quick guide 

First of all, use a damp microfiber pad to spray on whichever solution you prefer to use. Mop, and when it gets exceedingly dirty, rinse it off. After you finish all this, wash, or clean your microfiber pad and store in a cool, dry place. 

It is however not advisable to; 

Clean laminate floorings using string mops and sponge mops. It is because these two often involve much hastle and has the likelihood of leaving behind stains and streaks. 

Even if the manufacturer advertised that this flooring option has a proper lock system in place, I would not recommend the use of sponges and string mops on this floor. Within a short time of using a wet sponge and strings, the floor could become completely warped.  

Three of the best ways to start off 

Because there is often no best way of doing things, I will leave it to you to decide which method is most appropriate for you when it comes to keeping your laminate flooring clean.  

  • Use a vacuum cleaner. Before anything else, ensure you set it to the “wood floors” option. 
  • Use a dry microfiber mop to wipe off any dust or dirt. You can also begin by sweeping off any dust before wiping it off with the microfiber. 
  • The third option would be to use a dry mop and a Swiffer type of sweeper. 

It is advisable that you vacuum clean towards the direction of the door instead of collecting all the dirt and trapping it. Using a vacuum with beater bars will most definitely scratch your floor. So, avoid vacuuming altogether in the event your laminate floor has a piano or high gloss surface.  


Add water 

For one that has been using the microfiber to clean his or her laminate flooring, you can either replace the microfiber with a spare one, scrap off dust into a bin or clean the reattach it. 

Always have more than one mop ready to attend to any emergency spillages even in the absence of the other. 

  • Grab or prepare your cleaning agent in a spray bottle. 
  • Make your clean microfiber dump then spray cleaning solution on it. 
  • Mopping is not an involving task as the microfiber does it all for you. There is no pushing or force required. 
  • Be ready to rinse your microfiber and reattach it each and every time it gets dirty.  
  • Rinse the microfiber and let it dry after you finish cleaning. 
  • After prolonged use, put it in a washing machine to avoid discoloration. 

By using this method in the right manner, you would be able to reduce the average time used for cleaning laminate floorings by half.  It is also the best way of avoiding severe damages that may occur on your floor.   


How is a homemade laminate flooring cleaner that can work great in cleaning laminate tiles made? With this article, you would be able to make one for yourself and cut costs involved in regular purchases and upgrades. Some of the things you will need are; 

  • Liquid dish detergent 
  • Water and vinegar in the ratio 3:1 respectively 

Just in a spray bottle and you would be ready to clean. By preparing the cleaning agent yourself, you would be saving a few bucks and won’t be needing to buy expensive cleaning products. 


Some of the dos and don’ts of cleaning and caring for laminate flooring includes and are not limited to; 

  • Large spills should be blotted up with a sponge or dry cloth. Under no circumstances should you allow puddles to remain on this surface for an extended period of time. 
  • Do not use mops that absorb a lot of water. These are mops like sponge mops and string mops. 
  • If you would like to wet mop your floor, you only need to dampen your mop and avoid making it wet. 
  • Do not polish or wax this type of flooring because it’s not real wood. 
  • Do not use any cleaning agents or products that can be deemed to be abrasive. 
  • Avoid the use of scouring pads and steel wool as they can easily scratch and damage your laminate flooring.  
  • Chewing gums are often tricky to resolve. Use a non-metal material like a plastic knife to gently scrub off the gum from the base. Once you manage to wipe off the greater part of it, clean away any residues with a clean dry cloth.