How to Get Dirt Out of Laminate Floor's Grooves


Manufacturers construct laminate floors by bonding layers of various materials, such as resins and wood products, to make a strong, long-lasting material. This durable floor surface requires care and cleaning techniques that maintain its condition without scratching the surface or damaging the flooring with too much moisture. Use of the driest cleaning methods possible help to ensure laminate floors don't sustain damage during cleaning. When your laminate floor has textured grooves, extra attention is sometimes required to get dirt out of the grooves.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum
  • Bucket
  • White vinegar
  • Clean cloths
  • Nylon-backed sponge
  • Mild dishwashing detergent
  • Vacuum the laminate floor with a floor attachment that does not have metal edges on the bottom. Depending upon the amount of traffic or pets in the home, it can be helpful to vacuum each day to remove dirt from grooves and texture in the laminate surface.

  • Combine equal parts white vinegar and warm water in a bucket. Soak a clean cloth in the diluted vinegar solution and wring out as much excess moisture as possible. Scrub the laminate floor surface with the clean cloth, paying special attention to grooves in the floor.

  • Dampen a nylon-backed sponge with water and squeeze out the excess moisture. Place a few drops of mild dishwashing detergent onto the nylon side of the sponge.

  • Rub the detergent directly into the dirt stains as well as any other stubborn stains. Scrub with the nylon-backed sponge.

  • Rinse the laminate floor by wiping the soap off with a damp cloth until you've removed all detergent. Dry the laminate floor with a clean, dry cloth.

Tips & Warnings

  • Protect high traffic areas with hallway runners and area rugs.
  • Dust mop, sweep or vacuum regularly to prevent dirt buildup on your laminate floors.
  • Avoid abrasive cleansers or cleaning tools when cleaning laminate floors. Both cause permanent scratches that will collect dirt and debris.

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