How to Care for a Wood Laminate

If you have wood laminate floors or countertops, you know that they are popular because of their genuine beauty and affordability.

Laminate is a durable, easy to clean household material.
Due to the durability and simple maintenance, laminate is a welcome addition within any household. As with any type of flooring or countertop surface, you want to take the time to clean the laminate as needed. Over time, if dirt and debris build up they can scratch the surface of the laminate causing damage. .

Mop the entire surface of floor with a dry mop. Remove any dirt to prepare laminate for the wet mop.

Mix four parts water with one part vinegar in a bucket. Add a drop of dish detergent and blend the mixture. Wring out the mop each time you put it in the bucket. Mop the surface of the floor evenly. Avoid using excessive amounts of water directly on the floor. Dry the floor with a towel to remove any residual water.

Follow the instructions on the bottle if you decide to use a commercial cleanser on your laminate flooring. Remember to dry the laminate thoroughly upon completion.

Clean a laminate countertop by using a clean, non-abrasive cloth. Wipe the surface with a diluted solution of Pine-Sol, or any mild household cleanser per the directions on the bottle. Pine-Sol disinfects so it is ideal for any laminate in the kitchen, but use it in moderation. If you are only removing dust, as opposed to deep cleaning a soiled countertop, use a solution of vinegar and water as described above.

Rinse the cloth in fresh water and wipe the counter again. Dry the surface with a clean, non-abrasive cloth.

Things You Will Need

  • White vinegar
  • Warm water
  • Dish detergent
  • Bucket
  • Dusting mop
  • Traditional mop
  • Towel
  • Pine Sol
  • 2 cloths


  • If you want to preserve your laminate surfaces, use minimal amounts of water.


  • To verify that the household cleanser is safe for your specific household item, check the product warranty for the laminate. In order to avoid scratches, clean any laminate surface with a non-abrasive implement.

About the Author

Charley Prescott has been writing since 2004. She has traveled the country and world extensively while working in the fashion industry. Her work appears on eHow, focusing on topics such as gardening, fashion and travel.