When cleaning your laminate floors, it's important to make sure that your efforts don't leave puddles behind. Water left sitting on the floor can ruin the finish and actually cause damage underneath the floor if the moisture gets under the planks. Investing in a steamer for laminate or tiled floors is a great option, because it can ameliorate this problem. Using hot steam, the cleaner will heat and help disinfect the floor as it washes, and most steamers will actually pull the water back up in to the machine as they go. You can purchase a decent sanitizing steamer for around $180. When you consider how much money you spend on cleaning products over a year, you may see the cost comparison makes sense. You can save money in the long run by purchasing one of these.
Also, you can use your steamer on more than just your laminate
floors, too. It can be used on most tiles and linoleums, and some
have attachments to use in the shower and bathtub as well.
OTHER CLEANING OPTIONS IF YOU DON'T WANT TO USE A STEAMER:
You have to be careful about what you use to clean your laminate floors. Some products can damage the shine and leave a cloudy residue that's nearly impossible to remove. One solution that's inexpensive and completely natural is vinegar. Use a white, distilled vinegar (if it's not distilled it will leave an odor in your home that could take a while to dissipate) mixed with water. The easiest way to do this is to add one teaspoon of vinegar to a garden-sized spray bottle. Just spray the solution on your floor, mop it up, and dry the floor with a towel when done.
If you have children or pets, or you just want to keep your floor disinfected, you can achieve this with herbs that are found at any natural foods store. Lavender can be boiled for thirty minutes and strained into a bottle to make a natural disinfectant that smells wonderful. You can do the same thing with eucalyptus (this makes for a very clean-smelling home as well), or rosemary. Just make sure you only use one herb at a time. Adding too many can make a strange smell and that could create more of a headache than a pleasant aroma.
Pre-Packaged Natural Cleaners
If you walk down the cleaning aisle at your favorite store, you will be inundated with 'natural' choices. If you feel better about using a cleaner that has already been packaged and mixed for you, then by all means, give it a try. Be sure to check the ingredients on the package. however. Many products say they are natural because they add one or two natural elements to their old formulas.
Also, steer clear of anything that is abrasive or acidic. This can be potentially damaging to a laminate floor. Once you get a cloudy spot on the floor it's next to impossible to get rid of it.