How to remove water stains from wood laminate flooring

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How to remove water stains from wood laminate flooring
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Laminate makes it possible to get that hardwood-floor look without paying higher hardwood-floor prices. It looks just like real wood, but it's actually fiberboard infused with resin that's screen-printed to look like wood. A finish of aluminum oxide is coated over the material to help protect it from wear and tear, but this doesn't make it impossible to damage. Cleaning your floor improperly could cause unsightly water spots. If this happens to you, there's a simple solution to remove water stains from wood laminate flooring.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Distilled water
  • White vinegar
  • Bucket
  • Mop
  • Soft cloth
  • Wood-laminate cleaner (optional)

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    Mix a gallon of distilled water with a cup of white vinegar in a bucket. Vinegar helps to remove the film left by other cleaning products. That film could be the cause of your water stains. Distilled water also helps clean mineral deposits that could be left on your floor from hard water.

  2. 2

    Mop the water stain with the vinegar and distilled water. Take care not to use a sopping wet mop as you don't want to add to the water stain problem. If you have water stains all over the floor, only mop a small section at a time.

  3. 3

    Mop the stain again with plain water. Again, your mop should be damp, not dripping.

  4. 4

    Wipe the water-stained area with a soft cloth. A little elbow grease will help to further remove the stain.

  5. 5

    Apply a wood laminate cleaner. If the vinegar mixture still hasn't done the trick, apply some wood-laminate cleaner to a soft cloth. Rub the stain with the cloth until the stain is gone.

Tips and warnings

  • Vinegar is often used as a cleaner and a deodoriser. So rest assured the smell will completely evaporate within an hour.

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