How to use steam to clean laminated floors

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How to use steam to clean laminated floors
Laminate appears like wood but is made of resins and plastic. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Keeping your laminate floors clean will help them look better and last longer. Steam cleaning is one fast and easy way to remove dirt. Do not use heavy-duty steam cleaners to remove stains and dirt from laminate floors. These machines produce too much heat and steam, and can damage the laminate floors. Instead, use steam mops that were specifically designed for laminate floors. Always test the steam cleaning method on a small area of your laminate to make sure it won't damage it.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Steam mop
  • Mop head

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  1. 1

    Sweep the entire floor to remove all of the loose dirt and debris.

  2. 2

    Press the foot of the machine into the mop head. Some mop heads might have an elastic that tightens around the foot, while others will require you to tighten the mop head with a toggle. The mop head will protect the floors as you clean them.

  3. 3

    Remove the water tank and fill it with water.

  4. 4

    Plug the steam cleaner in and turn it on. Let it heat up. Most machines will have an indicator light that will tell you when the water is hot enough to use.

  5. 5

    Depress the steam button and push the machine across the floor. Do not leave the machine in one area for too long, as this could release too much steam and could damage the laminate. The steam will loosen stains and the mop head will pick them up.

  6. 6

    Refill the water tank if the machine stops steaming.

  7. 7

    Continue until you've cleaned the entire floor.

  8. 8

    Remove the mop head and either hand wash it or machine wash it, depending on the manufacturer's recommendations.

  9. 9

    Let the floor air dry completely before walking over it.

Tips and warnings

  • Never attempt to clean unsealed laminate floors with steam.

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