10/18/2017

The guide to know how to clean the laminate floor.

One of the advantages of laminate flooring compared to a traditional wood parquet is the easiness with which it cleans and the little maintenance it requires.
In order to clean the laminated floors, you need little effort compared to traditional parquet because, as opposed to these, the laminate is resistant to stains and fingerprints, as well as being extraordinarily resistant to wear. More and more the laminate flooring proves to be the winning choice for those looking for beauty and practicality, in short, the best way to have a "wooden" floor without too many worries and attentions.
However, like all surfaces, even the laminate needs to be cleaned and cared  every once in a while. Doing it is simple, just take a few and easy steps to have a beautiful surface over time.
So here is the guide that explains how to clean the laminate floor.
 

CLEANING IMMEDIATELY AFTER LAYING

Going with order, the first cleaning to do is the one after the installation. An operation sometimes underestimated but that if done well, it keeps the laminate floor beautiful and as new for a long time.
Here's how we recommend  to clean the newly laid laminate floor:
  • Remove all dust and residues of the installation works in an accurate manner with a soft broom and a dustpan or with a vacuum cleaner;
  • Eliminate stubborn dirt with a slightly damp cloth;
  • For aggressive stains such as glue, silicone, etc., you can use synthetic thinner or turpentine with a clean cloth;
  • Remove any persistent dirt with a suitable laminate cleaner, such as Skema Multilayer Cleaner, which is neutral and non-abrasive

ORDINARY LAMINATE FLOOR CLEANING

To remove everyday dust and residues just use a broom and microfiber cloths, the more often you remove dirt from the floor, the easier the cleaning operation, avoiding stubborn stains.
If you do not have microfiber cloths, you can use the broom by covering the bristles with a nylon sock and passing the surface gently.
You can also use the home vacuum cleaner on the laminate floor, it will not create damages while sucking all the dirt without dispersing it.
 

HOW TO WASH THE LAMINATE FLOOR

All wooden floors, generally, never have a nice relationship with water. If the water stagnates, it can make the wood fibers swell and deform the floor.
This does not mean that it will happen whenever water falls on the floor or whenever you wash it, yes because the laminate floor can and should be washed every once in a while and if you do it in the correct way, which is also the easiest, the floor will never ruin.
The procedure is simple: just pass a well squeezed cloth. The Microfiber cloths generally do not need detergents, otherwise you can use a common floor cloth, well squeezed, with neutral detergent. It is best not to use mop cloths that can leave plenty of water on the floor.
Therefore, for a clean floor: 
  • do not throw water directly on the floor,
  • do not use soaked cloths,
  • do not let the water stagnate.

 

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PRODUCTS TO CLEAN THE LAMINATE: WHAT DETERGENTS USE

The laminate does not require aggressive detergents, these could in fact affect the floor and ruin the color on the surface. Neutral or mild detergents, such as Marseille soap, Lysoform or Vileda for floors, always diluted and rinsed after application, are ok. 
Or to be sure of the result, use specific products such as Skema Multilayer Cleaner or the special detergents available in the large distribution indicated for laminate floors, neutral and without waxes.
There are also more natural methods that consist in diluting in the water white vinegar for cleaning: 60ml of vinegar (about a third of a standard plastic glass) for each liter of water, soak the cloth, squeeze it and quickly clean the floor. Vinegar removes from the water the limestone that tends to stay on the floor.
 

WHAT TO NOT USE AND WHAT TO NOT DO

As mentioned above, the laminate does not strongly fear water, but remember once again that the stagnations must be avoided, so it is important:
  • To not  use too much water (yes to rung out cloths)
  • To not throw water directly on the floor
  • To not  use boiling water
  • To not steam cleaning
There are cleaning products that should not be used on laminated floors, otherwise they could affect the surface and ruin the color or structure:
  • Do not use ammonia-based products
  • Do not use bleach-based products
  • Do not use abrasive sponges
  • Do not use soap in paste, wax or other transparencies because they form a film that draws the dust


EXTRAORDINARY CLEANING: HOW TO REMOVE STAINS FROM LAMINATE

It can happen that the floor is stained and the spots or signs are difficult to remove. In these cases there are several procedures to follow, depending on the type of stain.
Here are some practical examples:

FATTY-BASED STAINS

Strips of rubber, ink, tar, asphalt, strips caused by heels, colored pencils, wax crayons, lipstick, paint and chocolate. You can use mineral turpentine or acetone (no ammonia) or to be sure of the result use Skema Multilayer Cleaner, let it act for three minutes and then rub it with a non-abrasive sponge.

Grease, shoe polish, oil: clean with denatured alcohol, then soak a cloth in cold water, wring it and rinse.
Chewing gum, candle wax, stearate: let the stain cool with ice in a plastic bag, then gently remove the solidified material with a scraper.

WATER-BASED STAINS

Blood: soak a cloth in cold water, wring it and clean.
Beverages, beer, wine, coffee, fruit, berries, ice cream, milk, cream, tea, whiskey and urine: soak a cloth in a solution of lukewarm water and mild neutral detergent, squeeze well and clean repeatedly.

 

As you see, although the cases can be many, the cleaning of the laminate floor resolves in a few gestures and with few precautions. The laminate floor is designed to be a practical surface, easy to handle, to give you the best of a warm floor, without having any worries. Discover all the offer of Skema laminates in the Living collection, where practicality combines with the beauty and the wide variety of colours and sizes proposed.
If you are interested in Skema Multilayer Cleaner, a product for cleaning with professional results, designed specifically for laminate surfaces, write us or call us at 0422 858511, we will give you all the information you need.

 

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