Steam Mop Laminate Floors

Steam Mop Laminate Floors

Steam Mop Laminate Floors

What’s Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is one of the easiest floor coverings to maintain–it stands heads and shoulders above carpeting or hardwood in the care department. Who wants to spend hours vacuuming, steaming, removing stains or re-surfacing when a few simple tools and a moment of your time will do? Here’s what you’ll need to maintain the look and life of your laminate floor.

A good broom or dry-mop, dust-pan and strategically placed door mats work for every-day care. Door mats catch a lot of dirt before it gets tracked through the house, and daily sweeping or dry-mopping of your laminate will catch most of what remains.

Wipe up spills immediately with a dry cloth or dry-mop–moisture is one of the most harmful things to have on your floor. A minimal amount of water and a slightly damp mop will work to remove most stains.

Invest in an ecological cleaning kit from a reputable laminate flooring manufacturer such as Bruce or Armstrong. A good kit will come with an adjustable broom handle for getting under beds, a removable, washable micro-fibre mop head, and a mild, environmentally friendly spray.

Use wax colour-fill matched to your flooring to hide any small chips that may appear over time–the same product is used for the same purpose in wood floor coverings.

Laminate doesn’t require heavy cleanser or chemicals to maintain its’ beauty. A bit of water, a dry-mop or broom, a gentle manufacturer-recommended spray and some regular sweeping and elbow grease are the main ingredients needed. Environmentally friendly products work well on laminate–it doesn’t need the hard stuff to maintain a clean, fresh look which is a big thumbs up in these green-conscious times.

What’s the Best Steam Mop for Laminate Floors?

The best way to get a chemical-free clean is by using a steam cleaner/mop. The problem with steam cleaners is that not all of them are suited for laminate flooring, as the heat may warp the laminate. With a steam cleaner for laminate floors, collecting the dirt and dust from your floors will be a breeze.

How to Choose The Best Steam Mop for Laminate Floors

Your steam mop needs to be able to clean laminate floors without swelling the seams, or causing any damage – much like you wouldn’t want your hardwood floors to get damaged if you had those.

When doing your own comparison shopping, it can be difficult to know which steam cleaners will actually work as advertised, and which ones don’t fit the bill.

Especially if you are new at caring for laminate floors, and don’t know which steamer for laminate floors is best. There are a few key things to look for when buying a steam mop for laminate floors.

Multiple Settings

Whether it’s multiple floor cleaning settings, or multiple steam release settings, it is important to be able to adjust your mop to release multiple levels of steam. This is because laminate floors need less steam for a regular clean, which will allow floors to be sanitized, while not damaging them.

You can still use more steam for any tough dirt build-up on your floors without issue. Having the option of multiple settings allows for the best clean, with the least amount of damage to your laminate floors.

Tank Capacity

For those with a small space, or for those with a large space to clean, a very important factor when buying a laminate floor steam mop is a water tank that gives a steady clean, without constantly needing to be refilled.

The larger the capacity, the better, especially for those with a lot of surface area to clean. However, the ones with a large capacity still need to be able to reach and maintain temperatures.

Economy

Using a steamer for laminate floors is already economically friendly for your floors, as you are able to get sanitized floors with water, instead of harsh chemicals.

This can be taken further by having the cloths on your steam cleaners be machine washable, so you can save money instead of replacing them every so often. Though they may seem small now, they will prove to be beneficial once your steamer is purchased.

Maximum Temperatures

When you start to clean, you want your steam mop to be hot when you need it to be, and that it can get as hot as possible. If you plug it in, and it’s not hot within a couple minutes, then you might have to spend more time waiting than cleaning.

Besides heating quickly, the maximum heat level should be quite high to successfully kill all the germs and bacteria that live on your floor.

 

What do I think

Under the cabinets in my kitchen is that part of floor the normal mop could barely clean. Grime would slowly build up and the only way to fix that was paper towels, spray, and hands & knees. This steam mop – Cleaned MONTHS OF FILTH in minutes.

It took a long time for me to figure out how to mop properly. I used one of those sponge mops (which you can pull back into itself to ring out the dirty water). Even in a moderately sized condo, I ‘d rinse the mop at least 20 times during once mopping.

My mop broke and I went to replace it. If it were metal you ‘d never use it. This light design is just right and about 1/4th of the work of the Rollomatic.

My vinyl floors seemed always dirty and a regular mop never got them clean, just swished around dirty water. After unpacking the mop this morning, I put it to the test. YES, my floor was much cleaner and the mop worked effortless.

How To Clean Laminate Wood Floors & Care Tips

In this video I explain how I clean my laminate wood floors and what I use to clean them with. I hope you all enjoy, if you have any questions or comments please leave them below!

Thanks!
Stephanie

Floor Solution Recipe:

1/3 - 1/2 cup isopropyl alcohol
A splash of all purpose cleaner (I use Mrs. Meyers)
Hot water to the fill line

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