How to Clean a High-Gloss Laminate Floor

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How to Clean a High-Gloss Laminate Floor
All the beauty of natural wood without the difficult cleaning (texture of wooden floor image by Elnur from

Laminate flooring is a man-made product constructed of numerous layers of material sealed together using high pressure and heat. The top layer is comprised of a hard, durable resin, but care must be given to guard this high-gloss surface from scratches and damage. Harsh chemicals will wear down the protective layer and should never be used on laminate. Moisture control is another critical element to proper cleaning and care. Thorough cleaning of laminate flooring is possible in an hour or less.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Safety glasses
  • Gloves
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Acetone (if needed)
  • Cotton balls
  • Ice (if needed)
  • Plastic spatula
  • Vinegar
  • Bucket
  • Mop
  • Towels

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  1. 1

    Vacuum the floor to remove any loose dirt or rocks. Do not drag the vacuum nozzle over the floor surface as it might cause scratches. Hold it up over the floor a tiny bit.

  2. 2

    Remove any stains by wiping with a small amount of acetone on cotton balls. Place a bag of ice over candle wax or gum and scrape using a plastic spatula.

  3. 3

    Mix 2 parts vinegar to 3 parts water in a bucket. Damp-mop the entire floor with this cleaning solution. Towel-up any drips. The floor should be completely dry within 15 minutes.

Tips and warnings

  • Any imperfections or trouble spots should be repaired as soon as possible.
  • Wear gloves and safety glasses for this project.

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