Q. What is the proper care for Laminate floors?
A. Laminate contains a permanent plastic / polyurethane coating applied on top of the substrate that should not be waxed or stripped. That would void the warranty. It has a transparent coating, a design layer, which shows the decorative choice such as hardwood or marble, an inner core layer of high-density fiberboard, a resin layer, and finally a backing or underlayment to reduce noise and soften impact from heavy use.
Cleaning instructions are to just mop it with a neutral cleaner or even white odorless vinegar. In both cases you would not use more than 1 cup to a 1/2 mop bucket of warm water. Mops should be firmly pressed out to avoid noticeable residues of water. Abrasive cleaners and pads should never be used. You might consider using a flat mop with a green or blue stripe pad. The stripe would allow reaching down into the grooves.
Occasionally, you could scrub with an autoscrubber and a red pad, or use a brush and then wet-vac. After the floor dries, if it needs buffing to remove any streaks or dullness, use a white pad to slow speed buff.
How to become a floor care expert Learn More...