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CarolinaCA 07-16-2006 10:17 PM

Problem Cleaning Laminate
We had some QuikStep laminate installed and were told that it was one of the best on the market. Every time I clean it per the directions, light water and mop, the water dries streaked on it and it leaves a kind of film on it. I then have to take a rag and on my hand and knees buff the film off. My entire downstairs has it so this turns into a big job. I was under the impression this was an easy care product. Also, when I buff it I noticed it has a lot of tiny little scratches all over and it's just due to normal wear and tear. Are these common problems with laminate? It seems like everyone raves about laminate, and although I think it's beautiful, it is really hard for me to keep it looking nice. I really think hardwood may have been easier to maintain.


MinConst 07-17-2006 07:22 AM

Sounds to me like your over working the cleanings. Lams should clean with a soft cloth and it should be easy. Are you using a power buffer on it? You shouldn't. Do you have allot of traffic? The spotting might be hard water. Is that possible?

CarolinaCA 07-17-2006 09:37 AM

Thanks for your feedback! I don't use a power buffer. I've bought every kind of mop available hoping that would help make it look better. I lightly (very lightly) sprinkle with water then use one of those very soft, absorbent, flat mops (it's made to clean a laminate floor) to mop it up. As far as I know we don't have hard water, but I suppose it could be from our water. Next time I'll try using a little bottled water and see if that makes it easier. We have 3 kids, 1 cat and two adults in the house. I only mop every 10 days or so so I don't think I'm overdoing it. I just cannot make it look like it did the day the installers left. It gets a dull film on it that I could actually write something in! So when you say to clean with a soft cloth, I'm assuming the only way to do that is to get down on the floor and do that. Is that the normal way to clean laminates? Just thought it was going to be easier than that! Ha!

MinConst 07-17-2006 09:27 PM

I installed laminate in our home and my wife just used one of those swiftie things to clean the floor. Granted we have no kids and no cats. Just a small dog. The film still makes me think it might be the water. Let us know if the bottled water makes a difference. Interesting. As you expected the laminates are very easy to keep clean. Something is not right here.

Floorwizard 07-17-2006 10:03 PM

laminate floor cleaner and a terry cloth mop.
the lam cleaner is in a spray bottle and requires only a light mist for most cleanings.

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