Which are the best cleaners for laminate floors?
The answer has an impact on the beauty and durability of your floor.
Choosing the correct liquid for mopping laminate means you’ll have a clean floor with just the right amount of shine.
(It may also keep you from voiding the warranty on your flooring.)
We researched and reviewed the top liquid cleaners for laminate floors. We hope our article helps you find exactly what you need.
- 1 Why It Matters How You Mop Your Floor
- 2 Top Laminate Floor Cleaners
- 2.1 Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Floor Care System
- 2.2 Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Floor Cleaner Spray
- 2.3 Bona Professional Pro Series Wm700018175 Stone, Tile and Laminate Cleaner
- 2.4 Black Diamond Wood & Laminate Floor Cleaner
- 2.5 Armstrong Hardwood and Laminate Floor Cleaner
- 2.6 New Mohawk Hardwood and Laminate Floor Cleaner
- 2.7 Shaw – R2X Hard Surfaces Flooring Cleaner
- 2.8 Bruce 64 oz+32oz NoWax Hardwood and Laminate Floor Cleaner
- 2.9 Daily-EEZ Wood, Laminate, Tile, Stone Floor Cleaner from The Floor Guys
- 2.10 Quick Shine Multi-Surface Floor Finish and Polish
- 2.11 Zep ZUHLF32 Hardwood and Laminate Floor Cleaner
- 2.12 Zep Enforcer ZUHLF128 Professional Strength Hardwood and Laminate Floor Cleaner
- 2.13 Better Life Naturally Dirt-Destroying Floor Cleaner
- 2.14 Rejuvenate No-Bucket Floor Cleaner
- 2.15 Sheiner’s Hardwood Floor Cleaner
- 2.16 Pledge Gentle Wood Floor Cleaner
- 2.17 Pledge Multisurface Floor Cleaner
- 2.18 Weiman Floor Cleaner & Polish Restorer Combo
- 2.19 Method Squirt + Mop Hard Floor Cleaner
- 3 Tools for Mopping Laminate Floors
- 4 Tips for Cleaning Laminate Floors
- 5 What about Homemade Cleaners?
- 6 Conclusion
Why It Matters How You Mop Your Floor
The North American Laminate Flooring Association points out the benefits of this type of floor (1).
For one, it’s environmentally friendly because it’s made from sustainable wood and wood byproducts.
Two, it’s available in a wide variety of styles and colors for every room in the house
And three, it’s surprisingly durable. Laminate is stain, scratch, and moisture-resistant. Plus, most manufacturers offer at least a 10-year warranty.
You don’t even need to wax or varnish laminate to keep it looking like new.
But here’s the hard part: it really does matter how you mop your laminate floor (2).
Soaps and abrasive cleansers will destroy the finish. So will homemade cleaners if they aren’t properly diluted.
Also, some popular cleaning liquids leave residue and streaks.
Worse, leaving the floor wet can cause it to warp and peel.
Top Laminate Floor Cleaners
For those reasons and more, let’s look at the best choices for cleaning your laminate floors. We’ll help you avoid those problem products.
Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Floor Care System
If you get the Bona Floor Care System kit, you’ll have a dust mop, a wet mop, and a quart-size spray bottle of liquid cleaner. In other words, it’s everything you need to take care of laminate floors.
But don’t think that these tools will take up a lot of space in your closet. It’s a mop handle with interchangeable heads. The mop pads are machine-washable. And the floor cleaner doesn’t need to be diluted beforehand or rinsed afterward.
Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Floor Cleaner Spray
This is the liquid cleaner that’s included in the kit above. Not only can you mop laminate with it, but it’s safe for linoleum, ceramic tile, sealed marble, LVT, and terrazzo.
It’s a water-based formula that dries quickly to protect the surface. It doesn’t leave streaks or residue, either.
If you’re concerned about air quality in your home, this product is GREENGUARD GOLD-certified for low VOC emissions. It’s safe for use around children and pets.
If you’re not locked into a brand specific product based on your warranty, Bona’s cleaner is a safe and effective choice.
–The Team’s take
Bona Professional Pro Series Wm700018175 Stone, Tile and Laminate Cleaner
What’s the difference between this cleaner and the one above? The manufacturer says that their Pro Series has more surfactants to care for commercial property. But many customers who have used it in their own homes enjoy it, too.
It’s safe for a variety of surfaces and leaves no residue. You’ll never have to add water to it or rinse it.
Black Diamond Wood & Laminate Floor Cleaner
Black Diamond’s floor cleaner is designed for engineered flooring like laminate. Just spray and mop as you don’t need to dilute it or rinse it.
Then prevents streaks and perfect the shine by going over the damp spots with a dry mop or cloth.
The non-toxic, hypoallergenic formula is safe for children and pets. It’s even biodegradable. Also, unlike some similar products, it has a mild fragrance, not a chemical odor.
Armstrong Hardwood and Laminate Floor Cleaner
Armstrong’s floor cleaner is packaged in a 64-ounce refill bottle. It doesn’t need dilution. Moreover, the alcohol in the formula ensures that it dries very quickly, leaving just a mild citrus scent behind.
Since this is a product created by a flooring manufacturer, you can trust that it’s safe for its intended purpose.
New Mohawk Hardwood and Laminate Floor Cleaner
Mohawk manufactures laminate floors, and this is their new and improved liquid floor cleaner. It’s packaged in a quart-sized spray bottle.
They explain that it’s specifically made to clean polyurethane-finished laminate and hardwood. It removes everyday dirt plus stains. But this cleaner is water-based and non-toxic for pets and children.
Shaw – R2X Hard Surfaces Flooring Cleaner
Shaw makes laminate floors, and they created the R2X cleaner especially for them. You can also use it on vinyl and pre-finished hardwood.
The advantage of this product is that it erases scuff marks and grease as well as dirt. It dries to a matte finish without streaks or film.
Bruce 64 oz+32oz NoWax Hardwood and Laminate Floor Cleaner
Bruce’s NoWax cleaner is ready to use right out of the bottle. It cleanses soiled surfaces without damaging the finish or streaking. For best results, apply it to the mop or spray a small area.
One thing to note: some users have commented that it has a chemical scent.
Daily-EEZ Wood, Laminate, Tile, Stone Floor Cleaner from The Floor Guys
The Floor Guys made the Daily-EEZ cleaner for laminate, hardwood, marble, tile, vinyl, slate, and travertine. It’s the all-in-one liquid for all the bare floors in your home.
It won’t damage the sealer on your grout in your bathroom. Additionally, it’s non-toxic to children and pets.
If you try it, and you don’t love it, the company offers a 100% money-back guarantee.
Quick Shine Multi-Surface Floor Finish and Polish
Quick Shine Floor Finish is controversial. Some laminate floor owners swear by it. Others complain that it builds up a film. For best results, use this product only once a month. In between, clean with a damp mop only.
The major advantage is that it makes laminate floor glossy without the need for polish. Apply the liquid to the floor, then wipe with a clean microfiber cloth or mop. Just be sure you swept or vacuumed every last bit of grit and hair from the surface first to avoid sealing it underneath the shiny polymer coat.
Zep ZUHLF32 Hardwood and Laminate Floor Cleaner
Zep’s floor cleaner is appropriate for polyurethane and acrylic finishes or varnish. It won’t leave a residue. But it will remove grease and scuffs. This means you can use it to clean wooden cabinets, molding, and furniture as well.
Zep Enforcer ZUHLF128 Professional Strength Hardwood and Laminate Floor Cleaner
The Zep Enforcer floor cleaner is the pro-strength version of the liquid cleaner above. You can use it on the same types of surfaces, whether floors or cabinets and baseboards.
The fresh scent lingers after the cleaner has dried. If you wipe it dry after you apply it, it won’t leave streaks.
Better Life Naturally Dirt-Destroying Floor Cleaner
If you’re a fan of Oprah’s program or the Shark Tank, you might already know about this product. It avoids all the allergens and toxins found in many floor cleaners. For example, it doesn’t have sulfates, petroleum solvents, synthetic fragrances, alcohols, dyes, or VOCs.
It’s ready to use right out of the bottle. Apply it directly to laminate, hardwood, tile, vinyl, and other sealed floors. Then spread it with a damp mop. You won’t need to rinse when you’re done.
The natural citrus mint scent comes from the bergamot, peppermint, and grapefruit extracts in it. Furthermore, it’s biodegradable, cruelty-free, and packaged in recyclable materials.
Rejuvenate No-Bucket Floor Cleaner
Have you noticed buildup on your laminate floor? Then use the Rejuvenate No-Bucket cleaner. It clears away residue and dirt alike.
You can also use this pH-balanced cleaner on hardwood, ceramic tile, and vinyl floors. It has a fresh lemon scent, and it’s GREENGUARD-certified for low volatile emissions.
Sheiner’s Hardwood Floor Cleaner
Sheiner’s Hardwood Floor Cleaner also works on laminate. It’s ready to use and won’t leave streaks if you apply it with a microfiber mop.
The biodegradable liquid is non-toxic for humans and animals and has a fresh citrus fragrance.
Pledge Gentle Wood Floor Cleaner
Pledge’s wood floor cleaner is safe for sealed and finished surfaces. You don’t need to mix it with water or rinse it. Like the furniture polish by the same company, this liquid has a lemon scent.
Pledge Multisurface Floor Cleaner
How is the Multisurface liquid different from the Gentle Wood Floor Cleaner? For one, it has the Rainflower floral fragrance.
Next, it’s approved for use on more than wood. You can also clean marble, vinyl, and tile floors with it. Just make sure the surface is sealed.
To end up with a perfect finish, use a damp mop and spread the liquid in an “S” pattern.
Weiman Floor Cleaner & Polish Restorer Combo
Are you worried that you’ll have to replace your old laminate floor? Then try this kit to bring back the shine and natural beauty.
Weiman’s combo package includes two bottles: floor cleaner and polish restorer. You can apply these products to laminate, hardwood, stone tile, vinyl laminate, engineered hardwood, and more.
What makes these products work so well on worn floors is that they fill in tiny scratches and create a protective layer.
Fortunately, both are safe to use in the presence of children and pets.
Method Squirt + Mop Hard Floor Cleaner
Method’s Squirt and Mop is perfect for the whole house because it’s made for laminate, linoleum, and tile floors. It comes in a bottle with a shower nozzle that prevents puddles from forming.
The non-toxic, biodegradable liquid is available in a variety of fragrances like almond and lemon ginger.
Tools for Mopping Laminate Floors
Now that you’ve seen the top liquid cleaners for laminate, here are the best mops for applying them.
O-Cedar Dual-Action Microfiber Flip Mop
O-Cedar simplifies cleaning with this two-sided mop. The top of the pad is chenille for dusting while the bottom is microfiber for wet-mopping. Of course, it’s machine-washable.
Another advantage is that the mop handle adjusts to different heights.
Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop
The mop handle of the Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop has a refillable bottle to hold cleaning solution. That’s useful when you don’t have a spray bottle handy.
The mop also comes with microfiber cleaning pads. They can be used for dusting and damp-mopping. When you use them dry, they work much better than a broom. Furthermore, you can machine-wash them up to 100 times.
Once you pull the trigger on the handle, the mop sprays a small amount of liquid directly in front of the pad. It’s convenient when you don’t want to saturate the floor.
Swiffer Sweeper Cleaner Dry and Wet Mop Starter Kit
Lots of people ask us about using Swiffer on their laminate floors. We recommend this wet and dry starter kit.
To properly maintain laminate floors, it’s smart to dry-mop them regularly. Then damp-mop them occasionally. This kit meets both needs.
It includes a mop handle plus three wet mop cloths and seven dry cloths.
Take advantage of the fact that the company offers a full refund if you’re not satisfied with their product.
Tips for Cleaning Laminate Floors
If you have a brand-new laminate floor, you probably have instructions for how to care for it. Otherwise, here’s a refresher course.
If you have a vacuum that allows you to turn off the brush roller, it’s probably safe to use it to clean laminate.
But if you’re not a fan of vacuuming, a soft-bristled broom or microfiber mop will help you clean up crumbs.
Plan on cleaning up spills immediately. Never allow liquids to stand on laminate floors.
Also, when wet-mopping, wring out as much liquid as possible so that the floor doesn’t stay damp for long. Most manufacturers recommend drying the laminate immediately with a clean mop or cloth.
What about Homemade Cleaners?
We recommend staying away from homemade cleaners unless your floor’s manufacturer provides you with a recipe. The savings is not worth the risk, not when there are plenty of safe and biodegradable cleaners available for sale.
Most times, DIY cleaning solutions include ammonia or vinegar. But you’ll need to ensure that they are properly diluted to not damage the finish.
To illustrate, use a quarter cup or less of vinegar per quart of water (3). This ratio is enough to clean dirt and remove residue without harming the surface.
Which laminate floor cleaner did you choose? We’d love to know. Leave us a comment below and tell us how well it works for you.