How to clean dark wood laminate floors without streaking?

by SM
I have dark wood looking laminate floors. I have tried a few homemade cleaners, but everything leaves streaks and spots. I need it to really CLEAN also, so I don't have to do it 2 times. I am willing to try any version that works for you on your dark floors.

  7 answers
  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Mar 06, 2018

    Do small areas with a damp, but not real wet mop or whatever you use. Dry the area immediately with a soft towel or microfiber cloth and it shouldn't streak or spot.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 06, 2018

    Use the Bona Laminate floor care cleaning kit

  • Car11609511 Car11609511 on Mar 06, 2018

    Dear Nancy Turner

    I have the same kind of floor, and I had the same problem until I find an old recipe. 1 gal of water (I prefer warm water,) 1/4 cup white laundry soap, 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1/2 ammonia (any: lemon or natural.) The secret is: use gloves, twist the mop well, it must be damp. Put some of the solution in a sprayer for harder spots, just spray a little an that's it.

    Bonus: This solution don't fade fabrics and is safe to furniture. With a clean microfiber cloth and this solution, also you can dust almost anything around the hous. NOT good for electronics. Enjoy!

    • SM SM on Mar 06, 2018

      Thanks, I will have to try this recipe. And probably I need to wipe it dry quickly too.

  • PJ Kelley PJ Kelley on Mar 06, 2018

    Try Rejuvenant from Home Depot. Works great for me.

  • Marianne Marianne on Sep 27, 2022

    I cleaned houses for 20 years or so and stopped because I always loved to paint so I went to school to learn professional finishes so I now do interior decorative painting but there's nothing that I can't clean perfectly. To really really get a floor clean there's only one way to do it. Get down on your hands and knees and use some elbow grease and those floors will look phenomenal! I always requested Bona in all my houses with hardwood floors because I knew from experience that it wouldn't damage the floors even after years of regular use. I had one client who insisted on using Swiffer Wet Wipes on her bran new hardwood floors twice a week and I could clearly see the floor declining over the course of the first year and a half I was there. Cleaning ladies get blamed for so many things they have nothing to do with like her decision to use that chemical on the floor even after i told her i thought it was a bad idea, we get blamed for missing papers, if someone falls 3 days after we were there it must be because we used something different on the floors, did you move my daughter's homework (which she probably never did to begin with), why is my dog lethargic? What did you give him?

    Sorry about my little rant on how the upper crusty treat the help. Back to the floor. You can use a pole with a pad on it to wipe the floors but what I find is that they are just redistributing the dirt and grit on the floor, not actually absorbing the dirt and picking up the debris the way I can when I do it on hands and knees. And every time I do hat way people comment on how positively beautiful the job came out. It's getting harder because I'm in my 60's now so getting up and down takes longer but it's still the absolute best way to get the job done and make your floors look perfect! Always wipe with the grain of the wood for a perfect finishing touch. If you have old school hardware floors and you want to make them look new again I have a method for that too.

  • Mogie Mogie on Oct 01, 2022

    Might be what you are mopping with. Got a mop on for hard wood floors. It sprays a light mist in a wide angle so you dont end up applying enough water to form spots.