I took out all the carpet on my first floor last year and replaced it with
1000 square feet of laminate. Prior to that, I had laminate in a hallway
and a powder room. If it has obvious large bits of debris, I use a soft
synthetic broom on it. If it only has dust and pet hair, or after using the
broom, I use a Swiffer. If it need to be cleaned (which it usually does
considering I have two dogs) I use a steam mop on it after sweeping and/or
Swiffering. The instructions with mine said not to use a vacuum cleaner with
a brush, like an upright sweeper, because it would eventually scratch the
floor. Here is a link to the steam mop that I use:
As an alternative to the steam mop, you can use a damp mop although a major
water spill on laminate can be a disaster and with my luck, it would only be
a matter of time. A damp microfiber mop will work well. There are such
mops sold especially for laminate floors such as this"
They can often be found in flooring stores or the flooring departments of
You can also use a Swiffer Wet cloth or one of the competing brands. They
work relatively well and are convenient, but they are quite expensive and
only do about 100 square feet. You can use one of the newer mopping systems
like the Swiffer Wet Jet or one made by Pledge or Clorox. Again, they are
very convenient but a bit pricey, especially in the long run.
A final solution that I use for small touch up jobs is to put a microfiber
cloth or a piece of an old bath towel on the Swiffer dry mop head (the
Swiffer Max really works well here because it is twice the size of the
regular Swiffer) and use a solution like the one from Lysol that you
sprinkle on the floor and then mop up. I like the solution that someone
posted here that is 1/2 cup of isopropyl alcohol, 1/2 cup of ammonia, 1/2
cup of white vinegar, and 1 1/2 cups of water.
Overall, the steam mop is the best solution because it does a great job,
requires no chemicals, and leaves the floor nearly dry so there are no water
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