How to clean laminate floors with white vinegar

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How to clean laminate floors with white vinegar
Damp-clean laminate flooring with white vinegar. (Digital Vision./Photodisc/Getty Images)

White vinegar offers a natural alternative to harsh chemical cleaners. Laminate flooring requires damp cleaning only, as allowing the flooring to become wet can warp the boards, causing buckling. Using diluted white vinegar sparingly over laminate floors breaks down any grease and dirt so it can lift effortlessly from the surface. White vinegar also restores the shine and lustre to laminate flooring.

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Things you need

  • 946ml. spray bottle
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • Dust mop
  • Damp mop
  • Clean rag

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  1. 1

    Fill a 946ml. spray bottle with 1/4 cup of white vinegar. Fill the rest of the way with water.

  2. 2

    Remove dust from the laminate floor by wiping with a dust mop.

  3. 3

    Spray the vinegar solution onto a 3-by-3-foot section of the laminate floor. Start in the back of the room and work towards the outside so you do not block yourself into a corner.

  4. 4

    Clean the section of flooring with a damp mop, removing the vinegar and dirt.

  5. 5

    Proceed to the next section and spray again with the vinegar solution. Mop the mixture from the floor. Continue spraying and mopping the entire floor.

  6. 6

    Wipe the laminate floor dry with a clean rag after cleaning.

Tips and warnings

  • Ensure the mop is damp, not wet. Squeeze out excess vinegar and water from the mop as it becomes saturated.

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