Laminate tiles can be a stylish, comfortable, and affordable method of flooring for your kitchen, living room, or any other area of the house. Once you have your tile installed, you will want to make sure it can stay in peak condition. Laminate may not require careful maintenance like hardwood or carpet, but that doesn't mean it can just be left alone; even scratch-resistant surfaces like laminate will develop small dings and marks if dirt, hair, and other debris are allowed to pile up. The good news is that laminate is easy to clean and can be managed using a few different methods, so you can pick the one that fits your needs best.
Start with the Basics
There are two basic parts to keeping your laminate floor clean. The first is to sweep the floor every few days. You can use a dry dust mop, a microfiber mop, a Swiffer, or any similar tool. The key part is to avoid using a string mop or standard floor brush. The floor mop will use too much water and can leave streaks, while the brush can damage the floor tiles with its bristles. A vacuum with a brush attachment should work fine, however. Use your chosen instrument to give the laminate floor a quick sweep, taking care to get at corners and under furniture. Sometimes debris can fall into the spaces between tiles; to get them out, sweep in the same direction that the tiles were laid.
The second basic part of maintaining your floor is to clean up spills as soon as they happen. Not even water should be allowed to sit for extended periods, as any liquid can damage the protective layer of the laminate if it lingers. A dry cloth can absorb any excess liquids and a damp cloth or sponge can be used to spot-clean any residue. Make sure to dry with a soft cloth as well. A rough one should be avoided for the same reason as a floor brush.
Not every stain or spill on your laminate floor tile is easy to clean; some troublesome offenders require different tactics to get rid of without damaging the tile. All of these methods work best when done immediately after the spill or stain is made.
Blood: Whether from a wound, bleeding nose, or kitchen accident, sometimes blood gets on the floor. To remove these stains, use a warm, damp cloth and some window cleaner. Give the area a spritz and then wipe it away.
Heel or Scuff Marks: These don't always require water or cloth at all. Use an artist's eraser, sometimes called a "white eraser," and rub out the marks. This should work if the scuffs are both recent and not deep enough. A mark left from walking over the floor is easier to get rid of than one from someone kicking the floor, for instance.
Crayon or Soda: Interestingly, both of these are cleaned the same way. Use mineral spirits and a warm, damp cloth to wipe these up.
Remember that laminate floor tile is not real wood, so you should avoid using anything that involves wax or polish. It is also best to avoid chemicals that claim to promote a "clean shine" for similar reasons. Lastly, no matter how stubborn a stain is, don't use steel wool or scouring pads; these will wreck the laminate coating and can even warrant replacing the tile.
Getting the Best Laminate from Centura Tile
The experts at Centura Tile can work with you to find the perfect laminate tile for your interior design needs. As a leader in tiling options since 1933, we have the experience, skill, and supplies to bring any vision of beauty to life. To learn more about how you can incorporate laminate tiles into your home renovations, or how to better maintain your existing flooring, contact us or visit a Centura Tile dealer near you.