White laminate flooring can add a touch of brightness and cleanliness to any room, but the upkeep can be a bit of work, especially with pets and children.
You Will Need
- White vinegar or mild detergent
Step 1: Sweeping
To keep the dirt from building up and becoming a problem, sweep the floor daily. It may not look like it needs it, but it most likely does, especially if you come and go outdoors through your kitchen and if you have children and pets. This keeps dirt from building up around baseboards and in corners, or being ground into the surface of the laminate.
Step 2: Mopping
If you sweep regularly and mop regularly, actual scrubbing of the laminate won't be necessary. On many laminates, it isn't recommended. Be sure to check with the manufacturer of your floor. Use warm water with just a bit of white vinegar or detergent. No need for bleach or ammonia on laminate, as the surface is somewhat dirt and stain resistant. Mop, allow to dry then rinse. Laminate that isn't rinsed thoroughly will streak.
Step 3: What Not to Use
Overall, the floor steamers on the market seem to streak laminate and dull the finish. Once this has happened its hard to remove. Stick to an old fashioned mop.