Laminate Flooring Maintenance, Care & Cleaning

Laminate floors are very easy to care for, but it is essential that you clean them on a regular basis. Their melamine wear layer can be scratched and scuffed by grit and dirt, reducing the shine of the flooring and creating a dull look. In this section we will look at how to clean laminate floors, the tools and supplies you will need and how to deal with minor laminate floor repairs.

To learn more about laminate flooring, see our other detailed guides about Installation, or the full Laminate Floor Buying Guide.

Tools, Equipment and Supplies

The enemies of your laminate flooring’s good looks are:

  • Gritty dirt that acts like sandpaper on the wear layer as it is walked on
  • Liquid spills that seep into flooring joints and cause warping
  • Excessive moisture from cleaning that can damage like a spill

Cleaning laminate floors properly will help you defeat these enemies and enjoy durable beauty for many years. 

A multi-floor vacuum: The same vacuum cleaner you use on carpeting can be used on laminate if the rotating brush can be turned off to prevent damage to the wear layer.

A hard-floor vacuum: These models are lighter than most multi-floor models. If they have wheels, be careful not to drag them sideways. 

A microfiber mop: These tools are lightweight, quiet, relatively inexpensive and designed with laminate flooring in mind. They can be used dry to broom away the majority of the dirt, but going over the flooring with laminate floor cleaner is the best way to eliminate fine dirt. 

*Sponge mops and string-type wet mops are not recommended for laminate flooring because the risk of using excess water is and harming the floor is too great.*

Taking Care of Problems & Minor Repairs

Laminate flooring cannot be refinished. It is designed to last 15-30 years, possibly longer for top of the line products with a thick melamine wear surface. When the surface gets quite worn and dull, you’ll need to consider replacing it. 

See the Laminate Floor Installation Guide for instructions on how to get to a damaged piece, replace it and put the floor back together. It is not a complicated procedure, but it can be a bit time-consuming. Our professional flooring installers are available for the job should you prefer.