Reader question:

I have laminate floors in my home, but have a problem cleaning them. I have used many products and now have a film all over them. I need to remove the film and clean the floors. What can I do?

Answer:

The first thing I would do is call the flooring store where you purchased your laminate flooring or the manufacturer and let them know what your problem is and see what their recommended solution is. This will help in the case that you end up having a warranty issue or causing any further problem.

There are many variables that could cause a film on your laminate floor. Using multiple cleaners and too much cleaner are certainly two of them. However, I have heard that Swiffer products leave a film on laminate floors. I have also heard of vinegar reacting with urethane where it was able to penetrate via surface scratches in the finish. Some people have been able to remove the film by cleaning with water only and no cleaner. This removes excess cleaner. Others have tried a very small amount of dishwashing detergent, being sure to rinse thoroughly without saturating the floors with water. This may take some scrubbing and elbow grease to remove. It is always best to test cleaners in an inconspicuous area first.

If you are able to get the film removed, the best thing to do moving forward is to use the manufacturers recommended cleaning products and follow the instructions directly.

For more information on how to maintain laminate floors, click here.

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Posted Wednesday, December 10th, 2008 at 12:48 pm
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Alan Green

I have always found that using fresh lemon juice squeezed into warm water removes most build up. Use plenty of paper towels to wipe over the floor. You will quickly see the dark residues absorb into the towels.

Once you have a squeaky clean floor surface, try and keep it that way by avoiding using cleaning products all together. Most will leave a residue of some for on your floor, and this tends to attract more and more dirt.

Dry buffing your floor with a polishing machine will remove most marks and stains from a floor and add to the shine. A shiny floor will usually resist dirt !

wood floor guy

Another good (and eco friendly) way to remove stains and build up is to use white distilled vinegar – mix with a small amount slightly warm water for general cleaning, or neat for stubborn marks.
White vinegar is also good for stopping mold bacteria, and germs,because it has a high acidity. Cleaning with white distilled vinegar is a smart way to avoid using harsh chemicals. You also have the benefit of something completely natural

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