Installing laminate flooring is easy however, maintaining it can be tricky. We all want our floors to stay clean and free from dirt. Floors can easily become one of the dirtiest areas of your home if not looked after or cleaned properly. Your floor encounters large amounts of foot traffic from your family, guests and pets. Sometimes when a spill goes left unnoticed, they can harden, and it becomes harder to remove them.
Due to this, you may consider using a steam mop to clean your floor. But, is your laminate floor steam friendly? The short answer is - No. None of the laminate flooring manufacturers will recommend using a steam mop on laminate surfaces. The moisture released from the steam mop can loosen the layers of the laminate making it tougher to use. When you use a steam mop on laminate floors, the laminate flooring absorbs the water, swells and will eventually start to buckle. So, instead of a steam mop, you can make use of a lightly damp cloth or a special laminate floor cleaner to clean the floor. It is also recommended that you clean your laminate floor every day so that nothing hardens and gets stuck over time.
However, if using a steam mop is necessary, there are ways to do it. You should keep the mop moving and try not to press in down or let it settle in one place. The pressure allows the moisture to enter the layers of the planks and loosen the grip of the layers. This can lead to damages to the inside of the laminate. After using the steam mop, make sure that the area is completely dry to ensure that there is no moisture remaining.
However, we do not recommend using a steam mop on most of our laminate floors, but the Quick-Step Impressive and Quick-Step Majestic floors are now rated for use with Steam Mops. There are other luxury Vinyl flooring options that you can choose from. You will find them more durable and sturdier compared to laminate flooring when it comes to the use of water on the surface. So, for more information on how to properly care for laminate flooring, or to find out what other flooring options are available please get in touch today. You can contact us either by phone, email or by filling out the contact form on our site.