how to clean laminate flooring to get it looking its best by kurtes94


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									How to clean laminate flooring to get it looking its best
Are you wondering how to clean laminate floors in your home? This popular flooring option requires less care than traditional hardwood floors, but it
still needs a little TLC to maintain its appearance. Laminate flooring is an engineered floor option which effectively replicates the traditional hardwood
floor but for a fraction of the price. It is also a much more durable alternative and most laminate floors come with 10 to 25 years warranty, while some
will even come with a lifetime warranty. Laminate flooring is a popular choice for those seeking the look of hardwood, but also wishing to avoid the
higher level of maintenance. It is much easier to maintain than real wood.

Keep your laminate floor clean and pristine to showcase it to its best advantage - you'll be surprised how simple and stress free it is. So, spring into
step with a little cleaning and TLC for your laminate floor.

All you need to clean your laminate floor is:

    * Broom and dustpan
    * Vacuum cleaner
    * Laminate-safe floor cleaner
    * Water
    * Sponge mop

Step 1 - Dust Your Floor

To begin cleaning your laminate wood flooring, give it a thorough dusting. Thus, with the aid of a vacuum cleaner and/or a broom and dustpan, ride
the floor of dust before proceeding any further. Additionally, if your vacuum cleaner has a special setting for wood floors, make sure to take advantage
of this feature.

Step 2 - Mop Your Floor

Before beginning this step, check the packaging on your floor cleaner to confirm that it is safe for use with laminate wood flooring. Next, spray your
cleaner onto the floor as instructed by the product's packaging, then proceed to go over the area with a sponge mop. Take care to pay special
attention to any areas that feature caked-on filth.

Step 3 - Apply Your Finishing Touches

Lastly, you'll need to consult your cleaner's packaging to determine whether or not the freshly cleaned area needs to be rinsed with water. This step
will help protect your family and pets from any harmful residual chemicals.
Cleaners for the Environmentally Conscious

With the popularity of laminate flooring, commercial cleaners can be found at most of the larger grocery stores, supercenters or home improvement
stores. However, if you are "thinking green" you can find environmentally friendly versions online. Admittedly though, these "friendlier" versions may
not be as friendly to your wallet. For a less expensive and environmentally safe alternative, try mixing 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar with 1 gallon of
water. This mixture should cut through most dirt and grime and leave your floors looking clean and streak-free.

Cleaning laminate flooring isn't difficult but takes commitment and attention. To also protect your laminate floor from daily wear and tear take a look at
a few of our tips below:

-      Try to avoid wearing heavy-soled shoes or high heels on wood floors. In fact, barefoot is best!

-     Never drag furniture or other items across the hardwood floor.

About the Author
UK Flooring distributor Floors Online supply a range of solid wood floors, laminate flooring and vinyl flooring products.
For information, sales and advice on flooring solutions, contact Floors Online
0800 731 2374 / 01827 283 184


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