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Mopping Laminate Flooring

By FAF Staff Writer, (282 words) Posted in Laminate Flooring on December 16, 2008
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If you're switching from tile flooring to laminate, it may be tough to fight the urge to mop at the first sign of dirt. Unfortunately, your laminate floors depend on it. Wet mopping laminate can result in warped planks and a damaged veneer.

Just think: That top layer on your laminate flooring is not real wood, it's a picture. Have you ever gotten a picture wet? If so, you know that water can make the colors bleed into each other and completely distort the image. Imagine your floors looking like a misshapen mess. You can prevent this from happening to your laminate floors by taking a few safety measures:

  1. Lay down area rugs in entryways and in water-susceptible areas (i.e. kitchen).
  2. Combine vinegar and water in a bowl and apply to floor with a damp cloth or mop.
  3. Apply rubbing alcohol and acetone directly to stains and scrub with a soft brush.
  4. Only install laminate flooring in areas approved by the manufacturer so as to avoid voiding your warranty.

Don't let the fact that you can't wet mop laminate flooring discourage you from selecting it for your home. If you get a hard-to-remove stain on your laminate floors, you can damp mop the area with a well-wrung mop and non-abrasive cleaners. Just make sure that excess water is immediately sopped and that the floors dry quickly.

For more information on the dos and don'ts of laminate flooring, check out FindAnyFloor.com's Laminate Floor Care section.

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Cienna posted on: June 3, 2009

I have area rugs by my kitchen sink and by my stove just in case. Now, this could be a big problem but I've gotten on my hands and knees and wet rag wiped up my laminate flooring, I had a dry towel in the other to not leave any moisture on it at all and it seems to be fine. If I continue this process will my laminate floors eventually start to buckle or will is happen immediately? So far it looks like new, no problems but am I asking for a disaster or what? I would hate to damage my floors but since you say it's Ok Ill run with it... good blog...know a few people who really screwed their floors up from leaving it wet...really wet!

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instead of using acetone, can i use thinner to clean the laminate? have anyone tried? as in my place it is easier to find thinner than acetone or rubbing alcohol.

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