Laminate floors should not be waxed because their top layers, also called wear layers, are thin, according to About.com. The floors also have a core layer that is like cardboard and can be damaged by certain cleaning methods. The floors should not be polished, and abrasive cleaners should be avoided.
Laminate flooring is best cleaned using one of four methods, says About.com. It can be swept with a clean broom that is only used inside the house. The broom must have soft bristles, because laminate flooring scratches easily. A dry mop or a dry towel over a sponge mop also works. A vacuum cleaner attachment can get rid of dirt in areas that are difficult to reach. Laminate floors can also be cleaned using a wrung-out damp mop with plain water.