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NotJen

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Tools for cleaning laminate floors?
« on: October 20, 2023, 08:37:28 AM »
My new apartment has laminate floors throughout.  What tools do I need to clean it?  I've always lived with carpet/vinyl flooring, and just vacuumed and occasionally ran a wet Swiffer over the vinyl.  Am I going to have to mop this shit? 

I don't have any floor cleaning tools at all (threw out my dying vac when I sold my house) - so I'm looking for some recommendations for the most effective (easy) and most economical tools to buy.  I am lazy, and will not be getting on my hands and knees, so no recommendations for using rags and a bucket of cleaning solution, please.

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Re: Tools for cleaning laminate floors?
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2023, 09:07:06 AM »
How about a mop and a bucket or, even easier, a mop and a sink?

In your case, I'd run a vacuum to pick up most of the dirt, then swish with a mop. Laminate floors are meant to be easy-care.

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Re: Tools for cleaning laminate floors?
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2023, 09:36:44 AM »
Yes, I plan on purchasing a vacuum and probably a mop.

Any specific recommendations for an economical but long-lasting vacuum?  One that has a hard-floor and carpet option (assuming I could have carpet again in the next few years).

Specific recommendations for a mop?  I realize this might be ridiculous, but I have never purchased a mop - just get the cheapest one at the grocery store?  Or are there better options?

I just learned about wet/dry vacuums and it says they can be used on laminate - anyone use one of these?

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Re: Tools for cleaning laminate floors?
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2023, 09:48:16 AM »
Mopping is only necessary if you drop stuff on your floor.  Even then you can probably get away with spot cleaning if you remember to do it right away when you drop stuff and you don't make and gigantic messes.

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Re: Tools for cleaning laminate floors?
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2023, 12:48:44 PM »
Mopping is only necessary if you drop stuff on your floor.  Even then you can probably get away with spot cleaning if you remember to do it right away when you drop stuff and you don't make and gigantic messes.

I like this answer.  That's what I did with the vinyl floor and it worked well.

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Re: Tools for cleaning laminate floors?
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2023, 01:54:16 PM »
Mopping is only necessary if you drop stuff on your floor.  Even then you can probably get away with spot cleaning if you remember to do it right away when you drop stuff and you don't make and gigantic messes.
This is when I miss our dogs the most. Hardly anything ever even hit the floor with them around. now I have to find and then clean up anything that misses the countertop.

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Re: Tools for cleaning laminate floors?
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2023, 02:01:04 PM »
Mopping is only necessary if you drop stuff on your floor.  Even then you can probably get away with spot cleaning if you remember to do it right away when you drop stuff and you don't make and gigantic messes.
This is when I miss our dogs the most. Hardly anything ever even hit the floor with them around. now I have to find and then clean up anything that misses the countertop.

No mop?  You just need the right dog!

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Re: Tools for cleaning laminate floors?
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2023, 03:10:44 PM »
I use this for my hard floors:

https://www.amazon.com/Rejuvenate-Click-Clean-MultiSurface-System/dp/B085CNC78S

The pads for dust and wet mopping are washable and pretty durable. The bottle of mopping juice is refillable with anything else one would want to use so it's not locked into particular refills.

Still have to vacuum occasionally but far less so any old cheapo vacuum cleaner is probably fine. I use the cheap old Hoover I've had for close to 20 years.