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Can You Mop Laminate Flooring?

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ANSWER:

You CAN mop a laminate floor.

More Info: The most important thing to remember when mopping a laminate floor is to wring out the mop well before applying it to the floor, and be sure not to leave standing water behind when finished.

A Look at Laminate Floor Construction

 

It is possible to clean a laminate floor by traditional wet mopping, though it is not a preferred method for frequent cleaning. Laminate flooring is a cost-effective floor covering product, consisting of multiple layers of material fused, or laminated, together into an easy to install form. There is a protective layer on the surface, with a decorative layer containing the desired pattern below it. Under this layer is the core of the laminate plank, generally composed of pressed fiber and Melamine resin.

Protective Layer

As the protective layer is very thin, it is important that the floor be kept clean, as dust or grit accumulating in high-traffic areas will accelerate the normal wear and tear on the floor. This form of dirt can be cleaned away by regular use of a dust mop or a stick or canister-style vacuum. Upright vacuums are not recommended unless the beater bar can be disabled, as this mechanism can damage the flooring.

Immediate cleanup of spills is an important part of the cleaning process, as laminate flooring is often incompletely water-resistant and a spill left too long on the floor can permeate the material and stain or fade it. A damp cloth is adequate to deal with most spills.

Mopping

Finally, mopping can be performed when needed. Caution must be used in selecting a cleaning solution, though often a very small amount of liquid soap, such as dishwashing liquid, can be used in a large amount of water to provide a good option. The manufacturer of a given brand of flooring will have specific recommendations as to what cleansers should be used on it. Whatever solution is employed, the most important thing to remember when mopping a laminate floor is to wring out the mop well before applying it to the floor, and be sure not to leave standing water behind when finished.

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