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How to Clean a High-Gloss Laminate Floor

Updated November 21, 2016

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.

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  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. 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. 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.

  4. Tip

    Any imperfections or trouble spots should be repaired as soon as possible.


    Wear gloves and safety glasses for this project.

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Things You'll Need

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

About the Author

Claudia Henning
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