Laminates are specially designed to be easy-care, low maintenance floors. Following these general guidelines will help maintain their strength and prolong their beautiful appearance.

Cleaning Laminates

DO

  • Do dust-mop and vacuum your floor frequently, especially in high-traffic areas; only use a vacuum with a soft bristle brush.
  • Do keep pets’ nails trimmed and their paws free of dirt, gravel, grease, oil, and stains.
  • Do use protective window coverings to block fade-causing UV rays and excessive heat from direct sunlight, and rearrange rugs and furniture periodically to help your floor age evenly.
  • Do remove shoes with spiked or damaged heels before walking on floor.
  • Do avoid exposure to water as much as possible during inclement weather.

DON’T

  • Do not wet-mop or clean your floor with water or other liquid; for slightly damp maintenance, lightly spray laminate cleaner on a duster and wipe dry immediately.
  • Do not use any type of cleaning machine such as spray mops, steam cleaners/mops, power cleaners or buffing machines.
  • Do not use wax, polish, oils, soaps, detergents, shine enhancers, varnish, silicon or ammonia to clean floor.
  • Do not use harsh cleaning aids such as steel wool pads, any scouring pads containing metal or scouring powders.

 

Do not use 2-in-1 cleaners with polish that may contain acrylics or urethane polish to restore gloss. 

 

A Clean Routine

  •  Vacuum or sweep with a soft-bristle broom regularly, especially before using floor cleaners, to prevent gritty dirt and particle buildup that can scratch the floor’s surface.
  • Don’t use vacuums with a beater bar or power rotary brush head.
  • Wipe up spills and spots immediately with Mohawk FloorCare Essentials Hardwood & Laminate Flooring Cleaner applied directly to a clean white cloth.
  • Carefully remove stubborn stains such as paint, oil, markers, lipstick and tar with an acetone-based fingernail polish remover.
  • Use ice to harden tough substances such as candle wax or chewing gum and then gently scrape with a plastic scraper, such as a credit card.
  • Be careful not to scratch the flooring surface.
  • Wipe area clean with a soft, slightly damp cloth.