Laminate floors are a great option for your home since they are inexpensive, easy to install, and come in many colors and patterns. On the downside, it is easy to stain the laminate floors if you don't clean up spills fast enough. Here are some tips for basic cleaning and removing stains from your laminate floors.
Clean the Floors Often
The best way to keep your laminate floor in good condition is by cleaning it often and not using harsh chemicals on it. As soon as you see a spill, mop it up or wipe it away immediately. Regular sweeping and vacuuming can be done on the laminate floors to take care of dust and loose dirt. About once a week or so, use a mop with water or mild soap. By doing this, you will take care of small spills before they set in and cause a more severe stain to your flooring.
Removing Different Types of Stains
Since different liquids can cause different types of stains, there is no single method that works for all stains. Here are some methods for removing stains caused by the following spills:
- Nail polish, shoe polish, Ink, crayon – If you have any spills or stains on your laminate floor that is caused by any of these materials or liquids, you should use rubbing alcohol. Depending on the size of the stain, you can either apply the rubbing alcohol to a cotton swab or a soft, dry towel. Use a dabbing and rubbing motion on the stain with the rubbing alcohol, occasionally rinsing it off and adding more rubbing alcohol.
- Chewing gum – Chewing gum can quickly stick to your laminate flooring if it isn't picked up immediately. The best way to remove chewing gum is by freezing it. Fill a plastic bag with ice and place it over the gum for as long as you can, or until the ice starts melting. Once the gum is frozen, use a plastic knife to scrape it off the laminate.
- Blood – Window cleaner is a good product to use on blood. Spray the window cleaner directly on the blood stain, then wet a soft cloth and wipe away the window cleaner. The blood should also wipe away from the laminate.
- Candle wax – If you have spilled candle wax, leave it for a few minutes and let it harden. You should be able to scrape it off with a plastic knife and not use any other products.
Basic Stain Removal
For all other sources of stains, including other liquids or food stains, you can make a homemade cleaning product that tends to work on most stains. Combine liquid dishwashing detergent, warm water, and vinegar in a squirt bottle and squirt the cleaning product on the stains. Let it sit on the stain for several minutes to start lifting the stain from the linoleum. After you have waited long enough, use a sponge to rub and wipe away the cleaning product. You should see the stain start lightening. Repeat this as many times as needed.
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