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Cleaning Resilient & Laminate Floors


Remove tough stains with mineral spirits or household bleach. Wet a rag with the solution, and place it over the stain. Lay a plastic bag over the rag to slow evaporation. Wait 1 to 2 hours, then wipe up the stain. Always test solvents in an inconspicuous area before using them elsewhere on the floor. Bleach may strip the protective finish off the floor, leaving it dull.

 

Occasionally wet mop. Regular dry mopping and vacuuming is necessary, but it doesn’t remove sticky spots. Sometimes all that is necessary is a little warm water. Also be sure to inspect seams in tile and the perimeter of full-spread sheet flooring. Use a slightly damp cloth to pick up dirt or dust stuck in seams or corners--especially around thresholds, where material tends to settle after sweeping.

 

If your floor is dull even after you clean it, you should polish. Put manufacturer polish into a clean bucket, dip a cloth into it, and wring about half the polish out of the cloth. Working in a 3- to 4-ft. square, wipe the cloth over the floor in straight lines. Apply 2 to 3 coats; let the polish dry for at least 30 minutes between coats and about an hour (minimum) when you’re done.

 

On vinyl and laminate, you can remove tough spots like shoe polish or tar with nail polish remover containing acetone. When the spot is gone, wipe the area with a clean, damp cloth.

 

 

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