Laminate flooring is a durable type of floor that can stand up to many stains but it is best if you clean up any spills right away. It is a smooth surface that repels water and doesn’t let it soak in so it is easy to clean. Since it is easy to clean you don’t need harsh chemicals to clean it. All you need is vinegar and water.
I usually have a metal bucket and a mop to clean with. I use a gallon of very hot water and pour in a cup of vinegar. Then I use the mop in the very hot mixture to mop the entire laminate floor.
Sometimes an oily floor may need more. I use a cloth or sponge and I get down on my hands and knees. Then I use a mixture of one part hot water to one part vinegar. Soak the cloth or sponge in the hot vinegar and water and start in a corner of the room and wipe up the entire floor.
You can use the vinegar to spot clean. Just use 100 percent vinegar on a cloth or sponge and wipe up the spot. Then use a cloth soaked in clear water and wipe up any remaining vinegar that is left behind. If the spot still won’t come up you can heat up the vinegar and try it again.
Vinegar will clean up a laminate floor real nicely and it will leave behind a shine on the floor. The smell of the vinegar will dissipate in a short time and it will no longer be offensive. If you clean with vinegar regularly the smell stops bothering you and you start to think of it as a clean smell.
You can use real hot water if you are using a mop but if your hands are going to come in contact with the water make sure the water is a temperature that won’t burn you. Usually hot water from your sink is plenty hot to clean a floor.
Once your floor is washed you can let it air dry or you can wipe it down with a dry cloth to dry it up. If you are worried that the vinegar will harm your floor you can test it by putting a small amount of vinegar in a inconspicuous spot and see what it does. I have never had vinegar harm my floors.