Stains on laminate flooring: how to remove quickly and safely?

Laminate flooring is one of the most popular flooring that is good for the home and affordable for everyone. As a floor covering, laminate flooring has at least 7 major benefits:

  • Durability. Modern laminate, if done right, is quite resistant to physical stress, abrasion, and pressure. It is free to move furniture items on wheels.
  • Withstands high temperatures, does not ignite. A cigarette butt, which accidentally fell on the laminate floor, will not damage it.
  • Safe for health. It is made of environmentally friendly materials, harmless even for children’s organism. Provided proper care does not accumulate germs and dirt, does not cause allergies.
  • Easy care. It is enough to wipe the laminate floor with a damp cloth. No specific procedures are required.
  • Simplicity of laying. Before installing the floor, the old flooring can be removed. Especially if it does not have sharp differences and damage. Laminate is laid on any surface.
  • Long service life. High class laminate, its correct laying and proper care increase the longevity of the coating.
  • Reasonable cost. Laminate flooring is much cheaper than, for example, parquet.

It is also suitable for office premises, but here it demonstrates somewhat different wear resistance and even with careful care will last less. Although everything depends on the class of the product. There are moisture-resistant materials on the market. The price of proposals for commercial use is a little higher and comparable, for example, with tiles, so it is important to assess what is more important to you – aesthetics or availability of the material. 

We have prepared for you a couple of tips that will allow you to enjoy the presentable appearance of the product longer. These include: 

Regular cleaning

The basic step in caring for laminate flooring is regular cleaning. Avoid accumulation of dust and dirt on the surface of the laminate as this can cause it to lose its shine and durability. Use a soft brush or microfiber cloth for cleaning to avoid scratching.

Wet cleaning

For deeper cleaning and removing stains or dirt, use a damp cloth. But be careful not to let excessive moisture get on the surface of the laminate as it can damage it. Use a damp cloth that has been wrung out beforehand until damp, but not wet.

Specialized products

To clean laminate flooring more effectively, you can use specialized products designed specifically for this type of flooring. They will not only help to clean the surface, but also give it an additional shine. When choosing a product, pay attention to the manufacturer’s instructions and make sure it is suitable for your particular type of laminate.

Protect against scratches and bumps

Laminate flooring is prone to scratches and damage from furniture and objects. To avoid this, use furniture leg pads and mats under chairs. Also keep an eye on your shoes, especially heels, so that they do not damage the laminate surface.

Moisture prevention

Laminate is not a waterproof material, so avoid getting large amounts of water on its surface. If a liquid spill occurs, wipe it up immediately to avoid moisture absorbing into the flooring and peeling laminate.

Regularly check for wear and tear

Periodically inspect your laminate flooring for loss of luster, scratches or other damage. Make partial replacements of planks or repairs as needed. This will help you maintain the beauty and longevity of your flooring.

It is worth noting that in general the product is unpretentious in care, but in case of contamination it is necessary to know some secrets. Especially relevant is the question of cleaning laminate after repair. 

After the repair to clean the stains on the laminate is not so easy. It is not always possible to cover the laminate completely, there may remain stains on the laminate from assembly foam, stains on the laminate from cement or paint. How to wash laminate after repair, so as not to damage it read in our article. 

Stains on laminate flooring

White stains on laminate flooring can be removed by adding a little vinegar or salt solution to the water.

Clean oil paint stains from laminate flooring

If the paint got on the laminate, it is easy to fix it with the help of solvent, white spirit or any auto chemistry. The main thing is to apply the remedy directly on the stain and quickly enough wipe it off with a slightly wet soft cloth. But there is always a risk that the laminate will remain stains already from the solvent, so it is important to select the means depending on the type of paint (oil, alkyd, etc.).

Remove painter’s tape from laminate flooring

Peel painter’s tape from the laminate can be cleaned with special means “antiskotch”. Vodka or alcohol can also work. You can also use other methods to remove the tape from the laminate surface.

Mounting foam on laminate flooring

It is enough to buy Dimexide from a pharmacy, apply it and wait for 5 minutes, then wipe it off with a damp cloth.

To remove difficult stains from the laminate, you can use alcohol and acetone, but here you should be wary of the fact that these substances can corrode the coating.

And a couple more tips: 

  • Wallpaper glue on laminate flooring can be easily cleaned with warm water.
  • A stain on laminate flooring of unknown origin can be removed with alcohol-based window cleaners.
  • Blood stain on laminate flooring can be removed with denatured alcohol, window cleaner. You can add a little ammonia to the water, or lightly swipe the stain with hydrogen peroxide mixed with a couple drops of ammonia.
  • Footwear marks, black marks will help to remove the eraser, a solution of baking soda.
  • Greasy stains can be removed with warm water and laundry soap.
  • Traces from a pencil will remove whitespirit, or apply toothpaste and rinse immediately.

If you do not want to spend time on cleaning or you just do not have it, contact our cleaning company. Our customers will help you clean up and guarantee that your laminate flooring will not lose its presentable appearance. 

February 10 2024