Laminate care guide

Laminate flooring is a stylish and durable flooring option that is highly resistant to wear and tear, and much easier to clean than many other types of flooring. With a little extra care, your laminate floor can stay in great condition for many years. Find out how to look after you laminate using the simple steps in this care guide.

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After installation

Once your laminate flooring has been fitted in your home, you should ideally wait at least 48 hours before mopping your floor.

This will allow your flooring to ‘settle’, and for any adhesive used during the installation process to dry thoroughly.

How to clean your laminate flooring

Laminate flooring is incredibly easy to clean, but there are some easy things you can do to ensure it is properly maintained.

Here are a few tips to keep it looking fresher for longer:

1. Sweep or vacuum your flooring regularly

Sweeping or vacuuming once or twice a week will avoid dirt being trodden into your floor.

Debris, such as small stones, can cause scratches if accidently dragged across the floor, so keeping on top of it will prevent the risk of this happening and keep your flooring tidy.

2. Don't over soak it

Whenever you clean your laminate flooring, be careful not to use too much water.

Excessive water can seep into the joins between the floorboards, causing damage, which can build up over the years and result in you having to replace your flooring sooner than you’d hoped.

Regular vacuuming, followed by a wipe with a damp mop will keep your laminate or wood flooring perfectly clean and looking great. Make sure you wring out your mop thoroughly to avoid soaking the floor. 

3. Look out for spills

Make sure you wipe up and treat spills on your flooring, especially liquids, as soon as they occur.

As I’ve already mentioned, excessive liquid can damage the floor’s surface and cause further problems in the long-term by seeping down between the joins.

Use a paper towel or a clean, dry cloth to gently soak up the moisture, or dampen it slightly to remove tougher spills.

Leaving spillages for too long can cause permanent staining and affect the beautiful appearance of your flooring.


4. Use recommended cleaning products only

Only use cleaning products that are specially designed for cleaning laminate flooring. Please refer to your manufacturer’s instructions on recommended products.

Regular waxes, bleach, strong solvents and abrasive polishes shouldn’t be used as they can cause damage your floor’s surface.

Even products like washing up liquids can leave a sticky residue or film over the flooring, which can attract dirt and dust.

When using a recommended cleaning product, make sure that you dry your floor thoroughly to remove any residue from the surface.

How to protect your laminate floor

To protect your flooring from furniture damage, use floor protectors underneath furniture legs and wheels to prevent scratching and avoid leaving indentations in your floor.

Mats or rugs will help to trap dirt and stop it from spreading over your floor on the areas of your floor that get the most traffic such as doorways.

For your safety, I would also recommend using anti-slip underlay beneath mats and rugs when using them on laminate or wood flooring, to stop them from slipping around when stepped on.

For more guidance on looking after your laminate floor, you may want to read my article, How to remove scratches from laminate flooring.

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Jack Odgen

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Flooring Specialist

at ScS Coventry

5th October 2023

Jack is the Flooring Specialist based at the Coventry ScS store. Having been part of the ScS flooring team since 2019, Jack knows everything there is to know about the flooring ranges at ScS. Jack's favourite flooring is carpet as it can make a house feel more homely, has a nice underfoot feeling and can help to keep the house a little warmer.