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How to Perk Shine a Laminate Floor

Laminate flooring is an inexpensive yet durable alternative to hardwood or natural stone. Over time, laminate flooring will become dull with an excess buildup of dirt. A grimy looking floor will make the whole room appear dingy. Fortunately, various natural and inexpensive products will perk up your laminate flooring and restore its shine. Once you restore the look of your flooring, take the necessary steps to keep the floor looking its best.

Laminate flooring looks like real wood or natural stone.

Sweep the laminate flooring with a clean dust mop. Removing the surface debris will make cleaning and shinning easier. Repeat this step at least once every few days to keep your laminate floors clean and free of debris.

Fill a bucket with 1 cup of lukewarm water. Add 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 cup of rubbing alcohol and mix with a spoon. Add one drop of dish soap and mix once again with the spoon.

Pour the mixture in a spray bottle. Mist a small section of the laminate floors with the mixture. Start at the area furthest away from the entrance.

Rub the mixture gently into the laminate floor with a lint-free cloth. Continue misting small sections of the floor at time and rubbing with the cloth while moving toward the entrance.

Let the laminate flooring air dry.

Things You Will Need

  • Dust mop
  • Bucket
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup rubbing alcohol
  • Spoon
  • Dish soap
  • Spray bottle
  • Lint-free cloth

Tip

  • Regularly clean laminate floors with 1 cup of white vinegar diluted in 1 gallon of lukewarm water.

Warnings

  • Do not use mop and shine, abrasive cleaners or scouring pads on laminate flooring. These items will dull and scratch your laminate floor finish.
  • Refrain from flooding your laminate floor with liquid. The excess water can damage your laminate floors.

About the Author

Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.

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