Laminate floors are super easy to clean, and it is easy to keep the floor always clean. It is because of the material used to construct laminate flooring and its stain and chemical resisting top coating. Yet, this easy to clean flooring sometimes turns out to be your worst nightmare. Whenever you walk on it, there is this annoying sloppy sound, and also, the slippers are continuously stuck on the floor. Walking on that sticky surface with bare feet would be a thought not considered anytime soon unless you are thoroughly cleaning it. You would be surprised when we say you cleaning the floor is making it sticky. You are cleaning it regularly, and that is keeping it messy and sticky. But here is the catch, you are actually cleaning your laminate floors with the wrong cleaning solution, that is it. So, if you know how to clean sticky laminate floors the right way and with proper tools and the correct cleaning solution, the sticky laminate floor issue will be done and dusted. And we are here to let you know the same.
How to Clean Sticky Laminate Floors with Just 7 Steps
Step #1 – Sweep The Dust
Cleaning a surface starts with dusting. The purpose is to remove the loose dust particles so that the water or moisture doesn’t turn the otherwise dry dust into sticky stuck-on filth. When it comes to laminate floors, we prefer dry sweeping with a stick mop after attaching dry microfiber pads to it. It works best compared to both the standard broom and expensive vacuum cleaner. You just need to sweep the floor properly, and if you are using those popular microfiber dry pads which absorb and lock dirt on them, your work will turn a breeze. Yes, we are talking about Swiffer dry pads. The dust and dirt will not spread or fly all around, instead stick to the pads. The only thing you will have to do is throw away the dirty pads in bins with all the stuck dirt on them.
Step #2 – Our Favorite Homemade Cleaning Solution
We will need two types of solutions, better to say, two ratios. You will need a cup of vinegar in a gallon of warm water for the entire sticky laminate floor mopping. And to work on stains, stick-on residue, you will need the solution to be a little potent. So, take three parts of warm water into a spray bottle and add one part of vinegar to it. Your potent stain remover is ready. We are trying not to produce any extra residue by adding dishwashing soap or similar items. The sticky residue is already there on the floor, adamant not getting removed easily. So, we have to keep it simple. Vinegar and its acetic acid is such a great floor cleaning agent that it works on any and every floor. That too on any and every residue on those floors. It is acetic acid but safer than any harsh chemicals in the cleaning solutions available in the market. Those cleaning solutions are actually causing the sticky residue on your laminate floors.
Step #3 – Mopping The Laminate Floor
Now, when you are ready with your cleaning solution and stick mop, just mop the floor just like you swept the dust from it. We will use the same stick mop and attach microfiber pads to it. There is nothing better than a microfiber cloth or pad while cleaning the floors. They are soft yet effective in cleaning the filth from the floors. So, dunk the mop in the bucket, saturate it well from all sides. Bring it out and wring it well, with all you might. No dripping of water from the mop on your laminate floor is allowed. Finally, mop the floor in straight lines rather than randomly moving the mop from one side to another. Start from one end of the room, go straight sweeping, and reach the opposite side of that end. The sticky residue will be gone, and you will not have weird marks and streaks over the floor too. It will look super clean and shiny.
Step #4 – Frequent Change of Water in The Bucket
More than the step, it is actually a tip and a must-do. Please do not make the mistake of cleaning a laminate floor or any floor with dirty water. If one room requires three times of water change, please do not be lazy. Change the water, and add vinegar to it. Other than the cleaning solution, dirty water is also a reason for sticky laminate floors. If you are into regular dusting and cleaning, your rooms will not be dirty to require a change of water multiple times. One bucket of water per room is more than enough. Every time you finish mopping a room, just through the water away. Then have fresh, clean water added with vinegar to start cleaning the next room. You will know when the water is getting dirty. That time just throw away the water and use a clean water-vinegar cleaning solution even if you are still cleaning one room. The laminate floors will never be sticky, trust us.
Step #5 – Mop with Only Warm Water
This one is an additional step as vinegar doesn’t leave residue badly if used in the correct proportion. Still, if you have time, and want to stay on the safe side, take clean water and, with a clean pad, mop the entire floor once again after soaking it in that water and thorough wringing.
Step #6 – Drying The Laminate Floor
Now, when you have mopped the floor clean with water as the final step, time to dry the entire laminate floor. Switch on the fan at full speed, and use the stick mop to sweep the floor once more with a clean, dry pad. Yes, we know, too much sweeping, but for no sticky residue and a long-lasting laminate floor, hard work is mandatory. And you are not mopping and deep cleaning every week. Twice a month or even once a month is fine if you are into regular cleaning and dusting.
Step #7 – Cleaning Up the Stains and Spills
Just like regular dusting, cleaning off the spills and stains is very important. One needs to do it immediately. And no, just a sweep with a damp microfiber cloth will not remove the sticky spills. It requires a thorough cleaning. We talked about the potent vinegar-water solution, one-part vinegar, three parts warm water, remember. Use that whenever you have spilled stuff on the floor. Clean the stuff, then wipe the spot with a damp cloth, spray the potent solution, keep it there for 5-10 minutes. Then sweep it with a damp pad multiple times. As a final step, pat-dry the spot, and you are done cleaning the spills and residues.
We must come to one conclusion that cleaning a sticky laminate floor is super easy, at least when it comes to the availability of the products used to clean it. Sweeping the floor multiple times could be tedious, but then the long intervals from deep cleaning compensate.