Is the Shark Steam Mop Safe on Laminate Floors?

The surface of laminate floors can be damaged if not properly cared for. Laminate consists of compressed layers of material with a durable, scratch- and stain-resistant top coating.

Laminate flooring may look like hardwood, but it needs special care.


Laminate floors feature a bottom layer of backing material and high density fiberboard, a middle patterned layer and a top layer of enriched melamine resin. Stone, wood and linoleum-style patterns are available to accent any room of your home.


Laminate floors should be kept clean of debris and excess dirt. They should be dust mopped, swept or vacuumed regularly. Occasional damp mopping can be performed using a specially-formulated laminate cleaner, as long as excess water is wiped up with a dry towel or cloth.


Laminate floors should never be steam cleaned, even with a Shark steam mop. Excess water absorption can cause laminate to warp or buckle, and once this happens, repair may be impossible. Stains can be removed by using laminate cleaner or a mixture of 1 cup ammonia or white vinegar and 1 gallon of water.