Can I Mop Laminate Flooring?

When it comes to cleaning your laminate flooring, it’s easy to become confused. While one of laminate’s selling points is that it’s more moisture resistant than solid wood, several people still suggest staying away from the mop. But why is this? To help you get the most out of your laminate flooring, here’s whether you should mop laminate flooring and why, followed by our recommended cleaning tips to help you keep your laminate in shipshape.

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Laminate Flooring and Water

Although laminate flooring is highly durable and water resistant, it’s inner core is made up of high-density fibreboard. Therefore, while it can withstand moisture significantly more than solid wood flooring, it’s still best to avoid excessive levels of water. For this reason, it’s often recommended to avoid a wet mop for wood floors, which could put your flooring at risk of damage. Another big no is steam cleaners, again due to the levels of humidity, which could cause the laminate to lift.

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What is the Best Mop to Use?

The best mop for laminate floors is one that will pick up dirt, won't leave behind excess water and won't scratch. In this case the best solution when it comes to cleaning laminate flooring is a microfibre mop. These mops pick up dust while giving your floor an extra shine. They require less water than a standard mop, so you can ensure your laminate floor is in safe hands. Other mops that could be suitable include a specific laminate floor mop, or wood floor mop.

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What Do You Use to Clean Laminate Flooring?

After your flooring is hoovered and dust free, you’ll need a cleaning solution to mop on the laminate. If you choose not to buy a cleaning solution, it’s pretty straightforward to make your own and save some money.

White vinegar is a miracle worker when you mop laminate flooring, simply combine 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water together. Add 1 teaspoon of washing up liquid and mix your concoction together before putting it in a spray bottle.

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How to Mop Laminate Floors

To clean your laminate floors, simply dampen your microfibre mop with warm water and spray your cleaning solution directly onto the mop, not flooring. Then just glide your mop over your laminate flooring. If the microfibre pad gets too dirty, rinse it and replace it.  Remember to properly drain your mop if it absorbs too much water, as you don’t want your flooring to get too wet. After that, leave your flooring to dry. It helps to open the windows and doors for extra ventilation to speed up the drying process.

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Additional Advice

Finally, it helps to prevent any dirt or damage to your laminate floor in the first place. If you haven’t already, invest in a door mat to stop unnecessary dust and dirt travelling through to your new flooring. If you find your floor is prone to scratches, try putting furniture protectors underneath your chairs and tables. Last but not least, be quick to respond to any accidental spillages. Use a damp cloth to blot up spills as soon as they happen and your flooring should remain looking good as new.

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