Laminate flooring is designed for high-traffic areas because of its high durability and easy maintenance. It is highly resistant to most spills and stains, but you might need to know how to get rid of the occasional scuffmarks. Read on for different ways that you could effectively get scuffs off of your laminate flooring:
Know how to maintain your laminate flooring. As mentioned, it’s very easy to maintain your laminate flooring and keep it clean: simply run a damp mop through your flooring, using about 4 liters (a bucketful) of water mixed with a cup of vinegar. You could do this once a week. Again, the key word here is “damp” mop. Never wet mop your laminate flooring, as excess water can seep under your floorboards.
Never use soap-based detergents on your laminate flooring, nor floor polish or wax. This is because these types of cleaning agents could leave behind unpleasant residue onto the floor, and might even bind dirt to the surface of the laminate. You should opt for citrus-based cleaning products instead.
If you’re not sure about how conducive a particular product is to your laminate flooring, you should test it on an inconspicuous area first.
Use a pencil eraser. If the scuff is new and fresh, you should be able to literally erase it using a regular pencil eraser. An alternate to an eraser is a tennis ball covered with wool fabric, or even the rubber soles of a tennis shoe.
If the regular eraser doesn’t seem to be doing the trick, you could try out especially formulated commercial products such as the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.
Use stain-removers specially formulated for laminate flooring. There are commercial products available that can remove tough stains – including stubborn scuffmarks – off all types of laminate flooring. You could purchase these at hardware stores. Make sure that you follow instructions to the letter. Know also that there are laminate flooring manufacturers who will require you to use only their particular brand of laminate cleaners, or else the warranty on your flooring will be voided. Check your warranty first before you use any type of commercial – or even homemade – laminate cleaners.
Use toothpaste. If the scuffmark is just small, try out this nifty trick: just apply toothpaste onto the mark and rub the toothpaste gently with a soft brush.
Use baking soda. Another homemade cleaner you could try is simply a mixture of baking soda and water. Use only a little water so you can form a paste. Leave this paste onto the scuffmark, and rub it gently with a sponge.
Use alcohol. Apply alcohol onto the scuffmark, and rub it on using soft cloth. If the stain is too stubborn, you could try using an acetone-based nail polish remover in place of the alcohol.
There you have it! These are just a few of the easy-breezy ways that you can remove scuffmarks off of your laminate flooring. Laminate flooring is really a very good flooring option for you specially if you have a big family, as it is as low-maintenance as flooring gets! Good luck, and hope this helped you out!