Cleaning and Maintaining Laminate Flooring
As the leading laminate floor specialist in KwaZulu-Natal, a question we are often asked is: ‘How do I clean my laminate floor in Pietermaritzburg?’
Luckily, laminate is non-static so it doesn’t attract the likes of dust and pet fur. The relative ease with which it can be cleaned and maintained in general is often cited as one of the advantages of this cost-effective flooring option, available in a range of design styles.
Some people do find that laminate floors are slightly tricky to mop but as always, there are tools, tips and techniques that can be followed. But hold off before you decide to rip up the floor altogether – there’s absolutely no need for such drastic measures.
What kind of mop, broom or products in general should you use to clean your laminate floor?
The first thing to know is, if you do have a laminate floor in Pietermaritzburg, a broom is not the way to go, counter-intuitive as that may sound. A fine brush-type broom will still leave behind too many dust particles. Opt for one with rubber bristles. A normal broom can also tend to scratch your floor.
Alternatively, use a vacuum cleaner. Affix the brush head to the vacuum cleaner and use the vacuum’s suction power to catch everything. Over time, a vacuum brush head may scratch and damage your laminate so it’s all about the technique you use – avoid violent, heavy, jerky movements.
If you need to mop your laminate floor in Pietermaritzburg, don’t use a conventional wet mop – all you will do is spread the mess or stain around the floor. In any event, the goal is to keep water away from your floor as much as possible. Dust and fur will mix with your wet mop and simply be spread from point A to point B. You’ll probably manage to clean the floor, but not without leaving stains and streaks.
If you really have to use liquid to mop something off your laminate floor in Pietermaritzburg, remember that liquid can seep in between the boards and dull she shine over time. Less water is more. Minimal water is best. If you can spray on some water and clean a sticky mark that way – preferably with a floor wipe or similar cloth – that is best. If, after you’ve mopped, there is so much moisture left that it cannot dry in 60 or 90 seconds, you’ve used too much water.
Polish your floor dry
It is important to look after your floor by polishing it dry as often as possible by using an absorbent cleaning cloth, buffing rag or mop head. This way, you’ll preserve the shine.
Using cleaning agents and removing stains
If you can, use a laminate floor cleaner to prevent dulling your floor over time. The main thing though is to use a floor cleaner that suits your pocket, and one that achieves a lot with as little being used as possible, especially as little water as possible. Remember that too much soapiness will only leave a sheen that will build up after time and detract from the intended look of your laminate floor in Pietermaritzburg.