Laminate floors are all the rage. They have so many benefits. They look great, come in a myriad of colors and styles, and they are easy to keep clean. But just as all flooring does, laminate flooring can look dirty and grimy and can have tons of germs on it too.
Steam mops are a godsend for floors. They have been proven to get rid of 99.9% of all household germs. They do amazing things for the look and feel of laminate too. But, is it alright to steam a laminate flooring or will it do damage?
According to the experts, it is safe to use a steam mop on your laminate flooring as long as you follow certain precautions.
The DO’s and DON’T’s of Steam Mopping Laminate Flooring
Some of the measures you should take when steaming your laminate floor include:
- Make sure your laminate is in great condition. If it is coming apart or has rips or tears, the steam will seep down in them and ruin it complete.
- Don’t oversaturate the flooring. Excess moisture has a tendency to cause laminate to buckle or to come unstuck from the glue that holds it on to the subflooring.
- Only use on top-quality laminate. Cheap laminate will not hold up to being steamed. It will have issues without being steamed so adding moisture and heat to it is a terrible idea.
- Only use low heat. Adding heat to laminate flooring is a little risky in the first place. But given that it sanitizes and shines the floor so well, most feel it is worth the slight abuse. Steaming on high settings is a sure way to ruin your flooring though.
- Mop quality matters. The quality and condition of your mop makes a lot of difference in the safety of steam mopping your laminate. If your mop is not in good shape and tends to release too much water or heat, you’re in trouble.
- Don’t let water pool on the floor. Pooling water is a big “no no” for laminate and most other types of flooring. If there is extra water on the floor, soak it up with a clean, soft cloth.
- Don’t use harsh chemicals. Before using any cleaning agent, make sure the formulation is recommended for laminate flooring. It is best to use a natural sourced cleaner but again, only use those that are approved.
Yes. Steam mops can be used on laminate flooring as long as you follow the rules.