Laminate floor polishing – what you need to know
Household cleaning and maintenance is not an easy job and it can take a lot of time and effort on your part. However, the one thing you can do on your own is laminate floor polishing, which will give your floors a fresh look and new feel for hours or even days! Here is all you need to know about laminate floor polishing.
What are laminate floors?
Laminate floors are man-made products that consist of several layers of wood or other materials glued together under high pressure with melamine resins. The finished product looks similar to natural wooden flooring but has more durability, strength, and stability than real wood floors. It may also include other components like stone particles which improve the look of the floor.
Why should you polish your laminate floors?
Laminate floor polishing is recommended to prolong the life of your flooring and maintain its look. It will also make it easier for you to clean your house without damaging your floors in any way. Although, before starting with the actual process, you need to know that there are different types of surfaces, so always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when doing anything on your own. You can do this yourself at home using basic tools like mop and microfiber cloths which you probably already have at home!
What do you need to polish your floors at home?
In order to polish your laminate flooring, you will need a neutral pH cleaner with a high gloss finish that has been designed for this specific type of flooring. It is best if you use a separate bucket and mop for this purpose. If possible, always try to test the product on an inconspicuous area or hidden spot of your floor before using it everywhere else. Never use acidic cleaners or bleach on laminate floors because they may damage the entire surface.
How should you clean and polish laminate floors?
If there are still visible stains on your floor after mopping it with the solution recommended by the manufacturer, then mix equal parts of white vinegar and water in a bucket with some drops of washing-up liquid (neutral pH) and remove the stains using a scouring pad. Check if all dirty residue has been removed before moving on to dry the floor gently by wiping it with a microfiber cloth or paper towel. Now, apply your high gloss laminate floor polish until the entire surface of the floor has a nice shine to it.
What NOT to do when polishing laminate floors?
Never use bleach or acidic solutions when cleaning your laminate floors because they will not only leave white stains on the surface but also damage it permanently. Also, never scrub too hard when wiping dirt off your floor because you might scratch its surface and ruin the glossy look. Usually, polishing does not take more than 15 minutes to complete so do not spend hours doing this!
Other tips for polishing laminate floors at home:
It is best if you choose a time when there are no disturbances. If possible, close all your doors and windows so that less dust can enter the room while you are working with these cleaners. After applying the solution, cover all other parts of your house where there is wooden flooring with plastic sheets in order to avoid any damage. And finally, if the floor is really dirty and you are using too much cleaner or water during the cleaning process, then let it dry for longer (at least 24 hours). After that, repeat the entire procedure again until no grease or dirt particles are left on your flooring because this means that your laminate floor polishing job has been done successfully!
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