Once installed, taking care of a laminated floor needs little effort and is quite easy.

Once installed, taking care of a laminated floor needs little effort and is quite easy. If you clean the laminate on a regular basis it can stay looking as though it has just been installed for years to come.

Brush over the surface with a soft broom or a slightly damp mop – never a wet mop! Special cleaning pads with replaceable heads that attract the dust are available in South Africa.

Once you have brushed, simply vacuum around the edges of the room to gather up the dust remaining there. Avoid soaps and detergents and don’t get the edges of the boards wet – moisture could get into the boards, causing them to swell. For removing stains, use a mild, non-abrasive cleaner. Try using lemon juice or vinegar mixed with water.

Always try out a new cleaning product on a part of the laminate flooring that is out of sight, such as behind a door or under the fridge. Lastly, never ever use sandpaper, scouring powder or steel wool on the laminate floor, and never try to lacquer it.