Homemade Laminate Floor Polish

Homemade Laminate Floor Polish

A good cleaning and applying a laminate polish can give your floors that brand-new shine. Laminate flooring, loved for its durability, price, and range of color choices, is relatively low maintenance when compared to other types of flooring. Despite this, the laminate can lose its shine over time, typically due to a buildup of dirt and grime. Unlike wood floors, you cannot wax it, and using any type of soap-based product will actually make the floors duller. A good cleaning and a product specifically meant for laminate floors will make the laminate look like new. google_ad_channel = ‘6887971154’; google_ad_client = ‘pub-3235755782694080’; google_ad_output = ‘js’; google_max_num_ads = ‘1’; google_ad_type = ‘text’; google_image_size = ‘180×150’; google_feedback = ‘on’; google_skip = google_adnum; google_url = ‘bottom’; google_label_text = ‘Sponsored link’; 1Thoroughly sweep the floor, removing any crumbs, dust, pet hair, or other dirt. Clean along the walls and underneath furniture, as dirt and hair tend to slide across laminate flooring; if you just get the visible areas, any slight change in the air can push dirt out from its hiding place and onto the floor, causing you to have to sweep all over again. A dusting mop or broom and dustpan are typically best for this; however, a vacuum with a hard floor setting can also do a thorough job. 2Add one cup of distilled white vinegar to a gallon of warm water. Clean the floor with this mixture using a soft mop. Although there are laminate flooring cleaners on the market that are not soap based, good old-fashioned vinegar tends to produce the best results. 3Fill up your bucket with clean, warm water and go over the floors again. This will help the vinegar smell dissipate more quickly and ensure there’s no build-up on your floors. Use a clean, dry, lint-free cloth and dry the floor in a circular motion by hand. 4Shake a bottle of laminate floor polish gently and then squirt, spray, or pour some on the floor, starting in the farthest corner of the room. Spread the polish with a lint-free clean mop, microfiber towel, or the apparatus that was sold with the floor polish. 5Apply the polish in small sections, working your way backward out of the room. Let the product dry according to the manufacturer’s directions, and then apply a second coat in the same manner if necessary. Avoid walking on the floor for at least 24 hours for the best results. Things You Will Need Broom and dustpan (optional) Dusting mop (optional) Vacuum with hard floor setting (optional) Bucket Distilled white vinegar Mop Clean cloth Laminate floor polish Lint-free cloth mop Tip If you’re opposed to using vinegar to clean the floors, you can use a cleaner made specifically for laminate flooring or mix one part ammonia to three parts water. If purchasing a cleaner, ensure that the product is specifically meant for laminate: using hardwood cleaner or polish on laminate will lead to dull, sticky floors. google_ad_channel = ‘4818890251’; google_ad_client = ‘pub-3235755782694080’; google_ad_output = ‘js’; google_max_num_ads = ‘4’; google_ad_type = ‘text’; google_image_size = ‘336×280’; google_feedback = ‘on’; google_skip = google_adnum; google_url = ‘bottom’; google_label = ‘top’; google_label_text = ‘Sponsored Links’; Photo Credits Burke/Triolo Productions/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images Suggest a Correction How to Remove Scratches & Scrapes on Laminate Flooring How to Make Hardwood Floors Shine Without Toxic Chemicals How to Know If You Have a Hardwood Floor or Hardwood Laminant Floor How to Determine Laminate Floor Quality google_ad_client = ‘pub-3235755782694080’; google_ad_channel = ‘9557755723’; google_ad_output = ‘js’; google_max_num_ads = ‘5’; google_ad_type = ‘text’; google_image_size = ‘160×600’; google_feedback = ‘on’; google_url = ‘bottom’; google_label = ‘top’; google_label_text = ‘Sponsored Links’;
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Homemade Laminate Floor Polish

DIY Wood Floor Polish 50 Comments The combination of olive oil and white vinegar does wonders for your wood floors. Add in a little lemon essential oil, and your floors will smell as good as they look. Ingredients: 1/4 cups olive oil 1/3 cup white vinegar (like this one) 12 drops lemon essential oil (like this one) 5 cups hot water Combine olive oil and white vinegar. Add in the hot water. And drops of lemon essential oil. Mix together, grab a mop (or, in my case, a rag) and get to polishing. If the floor is too slick after cleaning, use a cloth to wipe up any remaining oil. Tagged with → all natural floor polish • DIY wood floor polish • hot water • how to make floor polish • lemon essential oil • lemon vinegar floor polish • lemon wood floor polish • make your own floor polish • mop • non-toxic floor polish • olive oil • white vinegar • wood floor • wood floor polish 50 Comments
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Homemade Laminate Floor Polish

The combination of olive oil and white vinegar does wonders for your wood floors. Add in a little lemon essential oil, and your floors will smell as good as they look. Ingredients: 1/4 cups olive oil 1/3 cup white vinegar (like this one) 12 drops lemon essential oil (like this one) 5 cups hot water Combine olive oil and white vinegar. Add in the hot water. And drops of lemon essential oil. Mix together, grab a mop (or, in my case, a rag) and get to polishing. If the floor is too slick after cleaning, use a cloth to wipe up any remaining oil. Tagged with → all natural floor polish • DIY wood floor polish • hot water • how to make floor polish • lemon essential oil • lemon vinegar floor polish • lemon wood floor polish • make your own floor polish • mop • non-toxic floor polish • olive oil • white vinegar • wood floor • wood floor polish 50 Comments
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Homemade Laminate Floor Polish

I have had zero luck with Windex removing the residue that shows foot prints. We used a laminate floor cleaner when I gave up on expecting my floors to STAY clean with 3 cats, 2 birds, a 2 year old keeping me on my feet. I was originally able to buff out smudges with a Swiffer duster, but I had to do it every day to keep the floor clean enough for the duster to work. For spot cleaning (or square yard cleaning under the toddler’s chair after dinner) I use Lysol wet cloths and it does wonders. Not sure yet if it’s safe to use them though. We have super dark wood laminate, which is gorgeous when clean, but truly clean is a rare thing. I bought something from the store that said it was great for wood laminate, but it caused the massive amount of smudge marks from the oil or wax it. I tried it again hoping it was me, that I wasn’t doing it right or something. Then I read online that that film it leaves can be impossible to remove after several applications. I panicked and tried lightly dampened paper towels attached to my dust mop (instead of the Swiffer wet version with wet cloths that seemed ok but just smeared the smudges). I found out online that people use Windex with lots of success, but it still isn’t able to remove the waxy film. I then read about using vinegar, so I bought a big jug and am anxious to try it. I keep reading that you can’t use anything that is water based so I’ve only tried a slightly damp mop and never had luck with it actually cleaning. I haven’t read about rubbing alcohol for laminate floors, but I love the idea. I’ll have to try that next if the vinegar doesn’t work. Will definitely do some research first though to make sure it’s okay for laminate. I use a Bona microfiber mop and it’s great but I can’t find replacement mops (without the handles) at my local super market. I’d rather just switch to a new mop cloth when the first one gets dirty rather than just rinsing it. It’s just a small family room and dining area that has the smudges, the rest of the house has luckily not been moped with the awful stuff I bought at the store, only the main area that guests see. Ugh.
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Homemade Laminate Floor Polish

Shake a bottle of laminate floor polish gently and then squirt, spray, or pour some on the floor, starting in the farthest corner of the room. Spread the polish with a lint-free clean mop, microfiber towel, or the apparatus that was sold with the floor polish.
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Homemade Laminate Floor Polish

4Shake a bottle of laminate floor polish gently and then squirt, spray, or pour some on the floor, starting in the farthest corner of the room. Spread the polish with a lint-free clean mop, microfiber towel, or the apparatus that was sold with the floor polish.
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Homemade Laminate Floor Polish

I have ‘old school’ oak plank floors. Aside from regular vacuuming with the brush floor attachment, I don’t have to do much other than a swipe with a dust mop here and there. Every other year I get out the Johnson’s paste wax and knee pads and clean and polish one floor. We have three rooms with this flooring and I do one floor a summer. I hand scrub the floor with Johnson’s paste wax, then use the floor polisher (a 1950’s model made by Johnson’s!) to first scrub the dried polish with two different types of bristles and then a final buff with an ancient chenille cloth pad. Amazing and after two years, the floors barely needs a new waxing; sometimes I can extend another year with just a scrubbing with the finer bristles and the buffing. I cannot imagine what exposure to paste wax has done to my brain cells, but I do have nice floors!!

Homemade Laminate Floor Polish

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