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What are the best wood floor cleaners for laminate wood?

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When cleaning a laminate wood floor, the best cleaner is actually just warm water. Although commercial cleaning products are available, a damp mop works just as well or better. If more cleaning power is needed, add 2 to 4 ounces of ammonia to the warm water before dunking the mop.

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What are the best wood floor cleaners for laminate wood?
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The first step in cleaning a laminate floor before mopping is to simply sweep the floor with an indoor-only broom. Then use a vacuum cleaner to get rid of dirt in difficult places. Use a dry mop, such as the Swiffer Max, to sweep the floor, but a clean, dry towel can work as well. Then if a deeper clean is needed, use a damp mop to clean the floor.

Care should be taken to avoid an overly wet mop or any cleaning method that leaves standing liquid on the laminate floor. Liquid can be absorbed through the hard upper layer of the laminate, softening the lower layers of the floor. Steam cleaners are not recommended unless treating a stain on a single plank, as the cleaner shoots steam into the cracks between planks. Wax and polish are not recommended when cleaning a laminate floor, and soaps and abrasive cleaners excessively wear down the floor's thin outer layer.

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