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Top Tips for Cleaning Laminate Flooring

Depending upon which definition you use, there are actually two different dates that mark the first day of spring:

  • 1st March 2019 is the first day of the Meteorological Spring

  • 20th March 2019 is the first day of the Astronomical Spring

So we can safely say that Spring has Sprung!

That can only mean one thing… Time for a Spring Clean!

Laminate Flooring

We’re often asked how is best to clean & maintain the quality of laminate flooring… So we’ve put together some Top Tips!

(If you’ve not got time to read the whole article, then skip to the bottom for our summary of Do’s & Don’ts)

Laminate flooring cannot be refinished like hardwood flooring, so it is worth your time & effort to appropriately clean & look after it as regularly as possible! The flooring gets its attractive appearance from protective plastic layers, which are placed over photographic wood reproductions & secured with a foundation of wood-based materials. This creates the reliable, sturdy, beautiful & ever-so-more popular flooring type that is laminate! But how is best to clean it, & therefore, maintain its quality?

14 Top Tips from Shelswells:

  • Always use a soft microfiber cloth or mop for cleaning & sweeping

  • Regular soft sweeping of everyday mess will prevent scratches, marks & potential damage

  • Avoid standard floor brooms & brushes with stiff bristles

  • Try to avoid hoovering (given time constraints, this isn’t always possible, so if you choose to use a hoover always make sure the soft brush head is attached)

  • Try to sweep & clean in the direction that the floor was laid, to avoid trapping dirt in the groves

  • Less water is best when cleaning – liquid can cause warping, lifting & irreversible damage

  • Always clear up spills as soon as possible to prevent staining, warping & lasting damage

  • Mild soapy cleaners are best – avoid harsh cleaners which can damage & streak

  • Never use abrasive cleaners, such as bleach or other strong cleaning chemicals

  • Avoid using steam mops which can force moisture into the flooring boards

  • Sponge mops & string mops can also be tricky, as they hold more water & often leave streaky marks

  • Go for a soft microfiber mop & use minimal warm soapy water every few weeks

  • Never push heavy furniture along the floor!! Use a blanket or sheet underneath for protection

  • For stains & tricky markings you can try a small amount of window cleaner, rubbing alcohol, mineral spirits, and not so well known, a rubber (great for shoe & furniture marks)!

  • A Shelswell's favourite quick clean is the trusted Floor Wipes, often only £1 per pack!


+ Sweep regularly using a soft cloth or mop

+ Use less water

+ Use mild soaps & cleaners

+ Clear up spills ASAP!


- Use standard, stiff brushes

- Use a hoover or steam mop

- Use abrasive, strong floor cleaners

- Leave spills, new markings or liquid for any length of time

The question we're asked most frequently is: How can we keep the shine on our laminate flooring?

Our Answer: Clean it regularly! Laminate flooring is built to last & if you take good care of it, it will!

If laminate flooring isn’t your thing, we can offer alternative flooring, such as Tiling.

Also, we know a GREAT Carpet Fitter; who comes Highly Recommended & is also part of the Shelswell Family!

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