Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Works for Me Wednesday: Laminate Floors

We have wood laminate floors in the dining room and the living room. I am trying to find a cleaner that will keep a shine on them without leaving a residue.

If you have wood laminate floors, what works for you?

Thanks in advance for your tips!

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15 comments:

Anonymous said...

I mop with vinegar water, (small amount of vinegar, lots of hot water) and then I dry the floor with an old towel. I just throw the towel on the floor and then stand on it and "scooch" all over until the floors are dry. Good Luck! Holly in Indiana

Jessica B. said...

Method Cleaner from Target with the microfiber pad. Works like a charm and eco-friendly/non toxic.

I have heard that vinegar strips the floors over time so I stopped using it. I don't know that it is true, but I didn't want to take the chance so I decided to use something that specifically is for wood and laminate floors.

MC said...

My mom is in the vinegar water camp...and she has had her laminate floors (Pergo) for many years, with no problems.

Liz G. said...

The Orange Glo-type version of the Swiffer cleaner works great for us!

Liza's Eyeview said...

We just used damp cloth, wet with water. Here's the secret:

Wet and Dry.

Right after wiping with the wet rag, follow with a clean dry rag right away. That'll make it shiny with no residue :)

Anonymous said...

I use a product called AquaShine on my laminate floors. It's made for laminate or hardwood. Got it at the home center where we purchased the flooring. Works great!

:: Suzanne :: said...

vinegar & water

Kim said...

I use the Swifter wet pads (not WetJet) for every day maintainance. I really like the Murphy's Oil Soap for real cleaning. Make sure you get the one for laminate floors.

My family owns a flooring business and the number one thing that I advise is to NEVER saturate the floor. If you get it wet enough that water can "pool", even a little, you can warp the floor in minutes. The wet, then dry method works wonderful!

Linda said...

Thanks for asking this because I have laminates, too! I learned a lot!

mandy said...

my bro & sis-in-law spent three hours on their hands and knees "erasing" their floors with that hand-sized cloth eraser stuff and buffed & buffed...... made the floor look brand-spankin'-new!

worked for them.

but i DON'T think it'd work for me.

erincraig said...

Try Murphy's Oil Soap. I use it on all my furniture and floors; tile, wood and lamenate. Smells great too!

Kathy Days said...

I use swiffer wet jet on my laminate, but I don't like it too much as it always seems streaky.

What I really like is the occassional "clorox anyhwere hard surface spray". A good hands-and-knees scrub with that and your floors will be super-clean. But I don't know about the shiny part.

Thanks for the laundry tip you left on my blog-- I'm starting your method today!

Angela said...

We have the wood laminate all through our house too. I have used the commerical stuff I bought at the center where we bought the floor. I have found that this is dulling the floors, and I too am looking for that shine once again. Let me know if anything works for you and I'll do the same.
Have a wonderful day!!

Anonymous said...

I used LamanatorPlus. This stuff is the best! Got it at builderdepot.com. It protects laminate floors, and totally eliminates the foot prints and tracking. It is very easy to use, you just use a microfiber mop. The also have a Deep Scrub that removes other products like wax.

Robin said...

Hi, wow, glad to hear I'm not the only one with laminate problems. I too found LamanatorPlus online at a website called www.floorrestoreonline.com.
What great stuff this is. It came in a kit with their Deep scrub, which removed the orange glo I had tried, then the Restoration which sealed and protects my floors and puts such a nice shine on my Pergo floors that they look like new. Also there was a maintenance cleaner too I can use as often as everyday with no residue. Awesome stuff, mops were included and it was easy. LamanatorPlus is the only way for me now...
Robin