Can I Steam Clean Laminate Flooring?

One of laminate flooring's selling points is that it replicates real wood, while being water resistant. However, there’s a wealth of flooring advice out there saying you should avoid excessive water and steam while cleaning laminate floors. At the same time, many steam mops are advertised as being able to clean laminate flooring. So which one is right? Can you steam clean laminate flooring?

We look at whether you can steam clean laminate and why, we also look into the best way to clean your laminate flooring to help maintain its lustre.

Related: Can I Mop Laminate Flooring?

Laminate Flooring and Steam

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Although the surface is water resistant, laminate flooring has an inner core which is made up of high-density fibreboard. So while the odd spill is okay, excessive moisture could attack the inner core and damage your new flooring. But while a wet mop is a definite no, do steam cleaners have the same damaging effects?

Unfortunately, yes. Laminate flooring is sensitive to heat and moisture, so the humidity from your steam mop may not cause as much damage as a wet mop, but it will still cause some harm. This could eventually cause your floor warp, loosen or peel. Therefore, even if your steam mop says it will work on laminate floors, it’s best to stay away just to be on the safe side.

So How Do I Clean Laminate Flooring?

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With this being said, a handy alternative is a microfibre mop, with very little liquid. These mops can simultaneously hoover and polish your laminate flooring and they require less water than a standard mop.

Glide a microfibre mop sprayed in laminate floor cleaning solution across your floor. If you don’t want to buy a solution, you can easily make your own which is equally effective. 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. As bizarre as it sounds to use vinegar on flooring, it’s actually a remarkable cleaning solution that can achieve shiny results.

Lightly dampen your mop by spraying on some solution, then tackle your flooring. Remember to drain your mop if it absorbs too much water, as you don’t want your flooring to get too wet. After cleaning, allow your flooring to dry. Open the windows and doors for extra ventilation to speed up the drying process.

Extra Care for Laminate Flooring

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Once your flooring is squeaky clean, there and some extra tips you can follow to help keep it this way. For example, be quick to respond to any accidental spillages. Use a damp cloth to wipe away any spills before they soak into the inner core and your flooring should remain looking good as new. To avoid any scratches on your laminate, you can put furniture protectors underneath chairs or tables. Finally, to help avoid dirt being brought into the house, an entrance mat could work wonders in your home.

How do you clean laminate flooring? Let us know in the comments

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