How to Remove Residue From Laminate Floors

Updated February 21, 2017

When it comes to durability, there's no comparison to a laminate floor. Kids, dogs, cats ... almost nothing will damage the tough surface. After a few months though, you may find your laminate floor seems to have lost its shine. This is because many commercial soaps and detergents leave a residue on the surface of laminate floors. A change in cleaning habits is all you'll need to bring back the original lustre.

Sweep your floor thoroughly or vacuum with a hard-surface attachment to remove all dirt and grime from the laminate floor. Pay extra attention to nooks and crannies where dust may build up.

Mix a cleaning solution of 1/4 cup white vinegar to 1 gallon of warm water.

Dip a mop into the vinegar solution and wring it until it is nearly dry. If your mop is the type that holds excess water, use a towel instead. Laminate flooring is not designed for water, and any standing liquid may damage the planks.

Mop the floor, using a back and forth motion to ensure that you don't miss any spots. Rinse and wring your mop or towel as needed to keep it clean and damp-dry.

Allow the laminate floor to air dry completely before resuming traffic in the room.


If you have used citrus-based cleaners on your laminate floor, there may be an oil build-up. In this case, increase the amount of vinegar in the solution to 1/2 cup and clean twice. According to Pergo, the world leader in laminate floors, the best way to maintain the shine and durability of your laminate floor is by avoiding the use of wet or jet mops, wax and polish. This procedure will also work to remove glue residue on a new laminate-floor installation.

Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar
  • Damp mop or towel
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