Laminate floors will look better and more attractive when the floor is shiny. So, how to make laminate floors shine?
To make laminate floors shine, clean the floor with the right cleaner. You can also spray a mixture of water with vinegar or rubbing alcohol on the laminate floor and buff the floor with a cloth. The mixture will remove filth on the laminate floor that is causing it to appear dull.
You shouldn’t use wax on laminate floors to make the floors shiny. This is because the wax will gunk up on the floor, causing it to look blurry rather than shiny.
Why are Laminate Floors Dull and Streaky?
Here are the 5 main reasons for a dull and streaky laminate floor:
1. Using a Wrong Floor Cleaner
Using the wrong floor cleaner is the reason for the dull appearance of your floors. Not all cleaners advertised as “floor cleaners” can be used on laminate floors. Some cleans contain bleach or other chemicals that can corrode or discolor the floor.
Also, using too much floor cleaner can cause the floor color to fade.
2. Don’t Use Sanders
You shouldn’t use sanders, grinders, or other tools that have abrasives, as they can cause scratches on the laminate floors. In addition, dust and filth will accumulate on the laminate scratches, making the floor look dull.
While power sanders clean and smoothen other floors, such as concrete, they are too powerful for a laminate floor. If you must use a sander, then use ultrafine-grit sandpaper.
3. Heavy Foot Traffic
If the laminate floor is used too much, it can cause the floor to become dull. Dirty shoes or socks riddled with sand can stain the laminate floors as you walk. This causes the floor to look dull and filthy.
Avoid installing laminate planks on floors with a lot of foot traffic.
4. Water Damage
Laminate floors aren’t waterproof, so water damage can cause the floors to become dull. If the laminate floor is exposed to constant water, the planks will develop white and black water stains. These stains will make the laminate look dull.
Water damage can also cause the floors to bubble up. You must apply a waterproof underlayment and a floormat to prevent this.
5. Poor Cleaning Routine
Poor cleaning and maintenance routines can also make your floor appear dull. You must mop and clean the laminate floor every week. If you don’t clean the floor when due, dust, oils, and grime will accumulate on the floor and make the floor appear dull and streaky.
How To Make Laminate Floors Shine?
To make a laminate floor shine, clean the floor to get rid of the dust, and use a floor cleaner to make it shine.
Here are the tools you need:
- A mop
- A bucket of water
- Rubbing alcohol
- A soft broom or vacuum
- A spray bottle
- Clean microfiber cloths
Here’s a step-by-step guide:
1. Sweep and Vacuum The Laminate Floor
First, remove furniture and all items from the laminate floors. Put on a pair of gloves while doing it.
Next, sweep the laminate floor. Sweeping will get rid of the dust and debris on the floor. You can also use a vacuum to remove dust, but don’t use vacuum attachments or fittings as they can scar the floor.
2. Prep and Mix The Cleaning Solution
After sweeping and removing dust from the floor, prep the floor cleaner. You can get a floor cleaner (made for laminate) in your local shops.
You can use Quick shine multi-surface floor cleaner as this floor cleaner is made to clean, wipe, and shine floors. However, ensure that the Quick shine product is made for laminate floors. Test the Quick shine on your floor corner before using it on the entire floor.
If you don’t have a floor cleaner; mix water with vinegar or rubbing alcohol and use the mixture to clean the floor.
Here’s how to make a homemade laminate floor shiner:
- Mix ½ cup of water with ½ cup of vinegar or rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle.
- Leave the bottle to settle for a few minutes.
- There is no need to shake the bottle.
- Apply the cleaner to the floor.
3. Spray the Laminate Cleaner on The Floor
Spray the cleaning mixture on the laminate floor. Cover all areas of the floor with the cleaner. After spraying the cleaner, don’t scrub or brush the laminate floor; wait a few minutes for the mixture to soak into the floor. Once the mixture soaks into the floor and removes the filth, use a mop to wipe the floor to remove the loose filth.
4. Buff The Laminate Floor
After removing the loose, clean (wipe) the laminate with a microfiber cloth. The microfiber cloth will buff the laminate floor and restore its shiny appearance.
After buffing the floor, leave it to air dry for a few hours.
Avoid Using Floor Wax
You shouldn’t use floor wax on a laminate floor. Floor wax will gunk up on the planks, causing the floor to appear blurry or muddy. Also, floor wax will attract more dust and debris to the laminate floors. So, the floor wax (in a paste form) won’t shine laminate floors and shouldn’t be used on laminate.
Floor wax makes wood floors, such as hardwood, shine. That’s because hardwood floors are porous and not sealed. So, the wax floor will penetrate the hardwood and form a shiny water-resistant layer. But, this doesn’t work with laminate floors.
Laminate floors are sealed and slick. So, if you apply wax floor over laminate, the top layer of laminate will repel the wax coating. This causes the floor wax to gunk up and make the floor appear dull. So, to make laminate floors shine, don’t use floor wax, instead; use a laminate floor cleaner.
Keeping Laminate Floors Shiny
- Clean and wipe drink spills immediately after they happen.
- Mop the laminate floor every week to remove filth on the floor.
- Don’t use bleach or other harsh chemicals to clean the floor.
- Use waterproof or rubber carpets on the laminate floor.
- Use dust mats on the laminate floor to prevent dust and filth from accumulating on the laminate planks.
- Don’t use a vacuum with abrasives or brushes, as they can scratch and dent the laminate floor.
- Don’t use floor wax to brighten the laminate floor, as wax makes the floor dull and streaky.
- Don’t install laminate floors outdoors, as the weather elements will make the floor appear dull.
You can make laminate floors shine by removing the dust and filth from the surface and cleaning it with a floor cleaner. The cleaner will remove the dirt and give the floor a shiny appearance.
You can use a mixture of water with vinegar or rubbing alcohol to clean the floor and make it shine. Don’t use floor pastes, wax, or polish, as these products will make the laminate floor appear darker rather than shiny.
Clean the laminate floors every week to keep them shiny.