While laminate floors are a great option for your home due to their affordability and variety of colors and patterns, they also need regular care and cleaning. Laminate also has the tendency to show stains a little easier than other flooring materials. If you have a spill or stain, the following tips will help you clean it up promptly.
Keep the Floors Clean
The first thing you should know about stains and laminate floors is that you can avoid deep and dark staining by keeping the floors clean. Any time you spill liquid or food onto the floors, make sure you clean it right away. Wipe up the spill, then use a cleaning product to get it as clean as possible. For most spills, mild soap and warm water work just fine on laminate floors. It is also a good idea to mop the floors about once a week or so in order to clean any remnants of spills that might lead to permanent stains.
How to Clean Different Types of Stains
The type of stain you are dealing with makes a big difference in the appropriate method of cleaning. Cleaning up nail polish is slightly different than if you have a stain caused by blood. Here are some of the more common laminate floor stains and how to get them clean.
- Blood – One of the best cleaning products to use on blood stains is window cleaner. Not only is this product safe to use on laminate materials, but it works very well on old blood. All you need to do is spray the window cleaner directly onto the blood stain, then wipe it away with a clean, wet cloth. You should see the blood wipe right off the floor.
- Nail polish and shoe polish – With stains caused by shoe polish or nail polish, rubbing alcohol works better. If you spill nail polish, you can try nail polish remover, as it often works at removing the stain. If that doesn't work or the stain is caused by shoe polish, go ahead and use rubbing alcohol on the stain. Pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol onto a cotton ball, then dab the stain. Use a dabbing motion at first, then rub the alcohol into the stain slightly if it needs a little more help. Get a wet rag to rinse away the alcohol and the stain should lift.
- Chewing gum – The best thing you can do when chewing gum drops on the laminate floor is to remove it right away. However, if the gum is sticking to the floor, you should wait for it to dry so that it isn't quite as sticky and stretchy, then freeze it. Freeze the gum by placing a bag of ice on top of the gum, leaving it there for several minutes. Once the gum is frozen, you can scrape it up with a plastic knife.
- Candle wax – You may also have a spill or stain caused by candle wax. Like gum, this is often easier to remove when it is dry and hardened. This shouldn't take too long with candle wax. Once it is dried, you should have no trouble removing it with a plastic knife.
Removing Other Stains
If you have stains on your laminate floors caused by other materials or liquids, such as red wine, coffee, or food particles, you can make your own cleaner. This cleaner contains ingredients that are safe for your floor and work very well at removing all different types of stains. To make the cleaner, combine water, mild dish soap, and vinegar into a spray bottle. Mix it up and spray it on the stains. Once it has set into the floor, wipe it away with a cloth.