Laminate flooring can be an inexpensive and durable alternative to hardwood or tile options, but when the material starts to look worn, the entire space is affected. Laminate flooring sees plenty of foot traffic, so dirt and grime can build up over time. Restore the look of the floor with a few simple cleaning techniques using items already found around your home. Instead of purchasing expensive cleaning products, you can easily mix your own solutions to keep the floor looking like new.
Sweep the entire floor with a broom to remove any dust or debris.
Clean the floor with warm water and a mop to wipe up any easy-to-remove grime. Soak the mop in warm water and then wring out thoroughly to prevent too much water from getting on the laminate, which can cause damage.
Restore the look of the floor by wiping the surface down a second time. Add a cup of white vinegar to a gallon of water, and then apply to the floor with a clean mop. Vinegar deodorizes, shines and cleans floors without streaking, according to Housecleaning Central.
Remove buildup of grease or grime on the floor by using a gentle dish detergent and sponge to clean trouble areas. Use acetone or rubbing alcohol on a clean cloth to remove stubborn stains, such as paint, oil or tar, according to the Build Direct website.
Dry the floor thoroughly with a clean cloth to remove any moisture from the surface of the laminate.
Cover scratches in the flooring with a commercial repair kit, found at the home improvement center. Laminate repair kits contain filler putty and marker pens or pencils to conceal scratches. Use the repair kit as directed by the manufacturer's instructions.