How to clean wood laminate flooring without leaving feet prints

Updated March 23, 2017

Wood laminate flooring is a more cost-effective means to getting that hardwood-floor look. Cleaning laminate flooring is quite easy with the right chemicals and equipment, but without the proper method, streaks, footprints and cloudiness to the laminate surface will occur.

Use a conventional indoor broom to sweep up any dirt or debris from the laminate wood flooring. Suck up any hard to reach dirt in corners using a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment thoroughly.

Test the floor cleaner in a small inconspicuous area of the floor, according to the cleaner's instructions. Fill the bucket with hot water and apply the laminate floor cleaner to a small area farthest away from the room's entrance.

Wet the sponge mop in the bucket of hot water and wring the mop of excess water. Scrub the area where the cleaner is applied, making sure that you stroke the mop with the grain of the wood pattern. Rinse out the mop thoroughly with the hot water before working on a new section of the floor.

Continue to clean new sections of the laminate floor, working backward toward the entrance of the room, until the whole floor is clean.

Allow the floor to dry before stepping on it. Stepping on a wet floor before it has completely dried will leave footprints.


Pay attention to what areas have already been cleaned and avoid "boxing" yourself in. This method will ensure that you do not step on wet floor areas and avoid footprints on your newly cleaned floor.


Using harsh cleaning chemicals not intended for laminate surfaces will ruin the surface and result in costly replacement or repair efforts.

Things You'll Need

  • Broom
  • Vacuum with brush attachment
  • Large bucket
  • Laminate floor cleaner
  • Sponge mop
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