How to Clean Laminate or Hardwood Floors


If you’re going to have hardwood floors, you need to clean them. Here’s how:

Sweep or vacuum.

  • Sweep or vacuum your floor first to remove any loose dirt and debris. This will make it much easier for your cleaning solution to penetrate deep into the wood grains, rather than simply sitting on top of them.
  • Use a soft bristle brush to clean up the edges of your laminate or hardwood floors–this will help prevent scratches from occurring during future cleanings!
  • If you have pets or kids who like playing in their rooms, use an attachment on your vacuum that allows you access into corners and around furniture legs; this way, you can get all those hard-to-reach places without having to move anything out of place!

Wipe down with a damp mop and a mild detergent to remove any stuck-on dirt.

Wipe down with a damp mop and a mild detergent to remove any stuck-on dirt.

If you have stubborn stains, use a soft bristle brush on the laminate flooring. This will help dislodge any tough dirt or grime that might be embedded in the surface of your flooring. If you do not have one of these brushes and still want to clean your floors, try using an old toothbrush instead! Once all of this has been done, go over the area again with another towel or rag (or anything absorbent) in order to soak up any extra moisture from cleaning off all those stubborn stains!

If you’re using a scrub brush, switch to a soft bristle brush when you hit stubborn stains.

If you’re using a scrub brush, switch to a soft bristle brush when you hit stubborn stains. This will help remove the stain without damaging your flooring or leaving marks in its wake. For general cleaning, use hard bristled brushes that have stiffer bristles. If you’re cleaning delicate surfaces like baseboards or crown molding with laminate or hardwood floors, use soft bristle brushes instead–they won’t scratch or damage these areas of your home!

Gently sweep or vacuum again after mopping, then wipe down with a dry towel to remove any extra moisture.

After mopping, it’s important to sweep or vacuum the floor again. This will remove any excess water and detergent residue that could make your laminate or hardwood floors feel sticky or rough.

After sweeping, wipe down your floor with a dry towel to remove any extra moisture.

Shake out loose paper dust from the vacuum bag or replace it.

If you have a bagless vacuum, it’s important to make sure the dust cup is emptied regularly. If you don’t do this, the debris can clog up the filter and cause your vacuum to lose suction.

If you’re using paper dust bags with your vacuum cleaner, make sure they aren’t too full before replacing them with new ones–or else they may become clogged and prevent air from passing through properly.

This prevents residue buildup, which can make your floor feel sticky or rough

Cleaning your floor is the first step to keeping it looking and feeling its best. By removing dirt, dust and other debris from the surface of your laminate or hardwood floor, you’re preventing residue buildup that can make your floor feel sticky or rough. This is especially important for laminate floors since they are made with polyurethane–a synthetic resin–which means they’re more likely to attract dirt than natural wood would.


Now that you know how to clean laminate or hardwood floors, you can keep them looking great. Remember that the key to keeping your flooring looking beautiful is regular maintenance and care. If you follow these tips, your floors will always look their best!

Kortney Wrinn

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