A Swedish company invented laminate flooring in 1977. It was primarily sold in Europe until its introduction to the United States in 1994.
Laminate flooring is comprised of several layers of synthetic flooring materials such as melamine resin and fiber board fused together through lamination. The simulated look of wood like oak, maple, beech, walnut, cherry or merbau, ceramic and stone is achieved with a photographic layer that is protected by a clear layer.
This type of flooring material quickly became a top choice because it is cheaper than using ceramic tiles, marble and hardwood flooring. It is durable and attractive, easy to clean and maintain, and will still look good for a number of years. Some manufacturers guarantee that residential flooring can withstand fading, wearing and staining from ten to twenty-five years.
There are commercial products that you can buy to clean your laminate flooring, but there are also some readily-available and cheap materials that you can put together at home to clean your laminate floor.
Here are some easy to make solutions for laminate floor cleaner:
1. In a measuring jar or cup, mix the following ingredients:
- 1 part white vinegar
- 1 part 2% isopropyl alcohol
- 1 part water
- A few drops of liquid dish detergent (optional)
2. Pour into a fine mist spray bottle you can buy from the grocery store or a clean, recycled cologne spray bottle.
3. To use your cleaner, vacuum or sweep the floor. Spray the cleaner on the floor surface one section at a time. Allow it to set for a few minutes before you wipe the floor with a towel or microfiber mop. You have to rinse the floor after mopping if you use detergent.
1. This cleaning solution works for laminate floors and other cleaning needs. Mix the following ingredients in a bowl:
- ¼ cup dish soap
- 1 cup lemon juice
- 2 cups vinegar
- 1 to 2 cups of water
2. Transfer the solution into a fine mist spray bottle. With this solution there is no need to rinse the floor after mopping.
There are other simple solutions you can make. Mix two tablespoons of baby shampoo to a gallon of water. Use this solution to clean your laminate flooring with a mop. Squeeze out excess liquid from the mop before you use on your laminate flooring and wipe dry immediately afterwards. You can also use your favorite window cleaner by making a solution of equal parts of window cleaner and hot water.
Here are some easy solutions for spot cleaning your laminate flooring:
- Use alcohol or acetone to remove paint, permanent marker, rubber heel marks and tar.
- Light colored cloth dipped in warm water will remove blood, wine, beer, fruit juice, pasta sauce, and soda stains.
- Use ice cubes to harden candle wax and chewing gum stuck on the laminate flooring before scraping them gently. Wipe the remnants with a clean, light colored cloth dipped in warm water.
It does not take much to clean laminate flooring, but to keep it looking its best, it is advisable to sweep the floor daily and keep it dust free. Small particles of sand and other abrasive materials can scratch the surface of the flooring. As the different layers are glued together, avoid water from seeping to the layers to prevent them from warping and swelling. Keep your laminate flooring dry.