Cheap laminate flooring is preferred by many builders and homeowners because they are durable yet not as pricey as real wood floors. They require low maintenance if compared to other kinds of flooring but they may also lose their gleam due to dirt and grime build-up. Laminate flooring should not be sanded or waxed so how do you polish it to keep it shiny?
- Clean the floor. The first step to polishing cheap laminate flooring is to thoroughly clean the floor to remove dirt, dust, pet hair, and tiny crumbs. Remove all furniture that may stand in the way of proper cleaning. Use a mop, a broom, and a dustpan if you have no vacuum. Just make sure that you go through each and every part and not just the visible areas.
- Mop with water and vinegar mixture. In a bucket, add a cup of distilled white vinegar to one gallon of lukewarm water. Clean the whole area with the softest mop you can find. Never use soap-based cleaners as they can only damage the floor’s finish.
- Rinse with lukewarm water. Fill up the same bucket with clean, lukewarm water. Using your mop, go over the laminate flooring once again. Doing so will remove the smell of the vinegar quicker. Make sure that you rinse every part thoroughly or else residue will build up on your floor which will result in white spots. With your hand, wipe the floor in a circular motion using a lint-free, clean, dry cloth.
- Apply polish. Shake your bottle of laminate floor polish. Spray directly on the floor. Start at the farthest corned then spread thoroughly and evenly using a lint-free floor mop, a microfiber cloth. Some floor polish comes with a cloth or a soft brush. If yours comes with one, use it as it is most likely the best tool for the job.
- Let the polish dry. Remember that applying the polish should be done in small sections for an even finish. The packaging will have instructions regarding application and drying process. However, floor polishes usually require 24 hours drying time.
The vinegar and water mixture has been proven effective in cleaning cheap laminate flooring. If you don’t like the smell of vinegar, you can opt for a cleanser that is especially made for laminate flooring. Just make sure that it is specifically for laminate floor and not for hardwood. Using the wrong products on your cheap laminate flooring will lead to dull, damaged, or gooey floors.