Best way to REALLY clean laminate floor (lots of animal grime)

kaisermustMay 26, 2010

Have laminate floor in kitchen and I haven't found the best way yet to REALLY get it clean. My Swiffer Sweeper does a good job of "vacuuming" up most of the animal hair (2 German Shepherds and one long-hair tabby cat) but after that I don't know what to do to get it clean. Bought one of those steam mops and at first I thought it was working great, but after the floor dried I saw dirt swirls on the floor--in short it only seemed to move the dirt around, not really get it up like a mop and bucket used to on my old vinyl floor. Then tried Bona hardwood floor cleaner and Bona mop that goes with it, and while I like the product, trigger-spray is very tiring and again, it leaves a lot of the dirt behind after the floor dries. Suggestions please as to how you all keep your laminate floors clean and, if you can, keep them shiny looking. Thanks.

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graywings123

When I had laminate flooring, I used a mop and a bucket and a water/vinegar solution, preceded by vacuuming with my canister vacuum. Sometimes I did the hands and knees version with a cloth and a bucket of vinegar/water solution.

I believe that vacuuming well is important because most of the soil should end up in the vacuum.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2010 at 8:08PM
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lindac

Unless you suck up what a steam mop loosens you aren't doinga thing.
a sponge mop and a bucket are the best.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2010 at 10:00PM
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ebear1271

I recently replaced my old laminate floor with a new one. Used to use vinegar and water but this floor has a high sheen and I'm afraid the vinegar will dull it. Right now I just use the Bruce floor cleaner that the manufacturer recommended. The kit comes with a large swiffer-like "mop" for lack of a better term. It uses washable terry cloth covers so not a lot of waste. Home Depot sells the same type of "mop" separately if you don't want the whole kit. We have 2 dogs and 2 cats so I know what you mean about grime! The thing I do like about what the system I'm using is that I can spot clean easily. I keep a cloth on the mop head at all times so I just spray a spot and wipe.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2010 at 10:04AM
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graywings123

Unless you suck up what a steam mop loosens you aren't doing a thing.

The thick pad on the bottom of the steam mop or the cloth at the end of a canister steam machine is designed to collect and hold the soil that the steam loosens. With my canister steamer, I use a microfiber cloth which I change out as it fills with dirt. In the course of cleaning my floors, I will use a dozen cloths and I will go over an area more than once.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2010 at 10:08AM
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ebear1271

That's why I gave up on using a steam cleaner on the kitchen floor. I would have to change the pad every pass or so otherwise I was just moving dirt around.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2010 at 3:23PM
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jannie

Something that does NOT work: Swiffer Wet Jet Wood Cleaner. Even tho i sweep and/or vacuum first, the Swiffer left lots of dirt behind. don't bother. I do like the Swiffer WJ for cleaning my linoleum kitchen floor.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2010 at 10:37AM
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jannie

Something that does NOT work: Swiffer Wet Jet Wood Cleaner. Even tho i sweep and/or vacuum first, the Swiffer left lots of dirt behind. don't bother. I do like the Swiffer WJ for cleaning my linoleum kitchen floor.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2010 at 10:38AM
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jannie

Sorry about the double post.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2010 at 10:22AM
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susanelewis

I researched this pretty thoroughly when I got my new laminate flooring a year ago and using a steam mop on a laminate floor is asking for trouble. Experts will warn you away from that. And, for mopping, you should never mop it like you would a tile or vinyl floor where it doesn't matter the amount of water you use.

I use a laminate cleaner made strictly for laminate (not real wood) and a microfiber or terry cloth pad. There is only enough liquid to remove the marks, never more. And, of course, it is vacuumed first to remove dust and dirt because the biggest enemy of laminate is to capture the dirt and then scrape it across your floor while cleaning.

Wet Swiffer products are probably not a good idea either because they introduce solvents that will haze and detract from the nice finish of the flooring. And, no Murphy's oil products...they are great for real wood but will cause a smeary mess on laminate.

The Bruce products are great and so are the Abbey floor cleaner products. I would love to hear if someone has tried the BonaKemi products because the refillable floor mop system seems interesting.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2010 at 6:02PM
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drumscansing123_yahoo_com

The best way I have found is using Orange Glo Wood Floor Cleaner. Use a damp (Not wet) sponge mop, apply the cleaner to the mop head and mop in the direction of the grain. Do small sections (6x6) and rince the mop often.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2011 at 3:47PM
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