Pergo flooring is increasingly popular in home décor. It has all the style and class of hardwood flooring, while instilling a sense of comfort in your nest. It comes at much more affordable prices and the benefits to the environment make it a LEED-approved construction material. With the rise of DIY home-owners, laminated flooring gained even more popularity as it is relatively easy to install. Laminate flooring is now an instant classic. You probably chose laminate floors for all the reasons above, but especially because of its durability. The thing is… without proper cleaning and maintenance steps you might be shortchanging yourself. If you have been wondering how to clean Pergo floors, here are 5 tips for choosing the best mop for laminate floors:
First of all, choose a high-absorbency mop
This is how mopping gets exhaustive and gross: you get started and in five minutes you’re looking at more water than you had to begin with so you go on countless bucket trips to wring it out but the mop head just keeps getting exponentially wetter (and dirtier). It’s like the sunk cost fallacy. You keep trying to wring it out, but in fact, the mop head is getting less and less absorbent with each bucket trip. This is because standard household appliances are made from cheap materials that are not cost-efficient (for you the consumer, and for the company making basically disposable products). Choose a mop that is made with non-woven fabric and highly absorbent materials. Highly absorbent fibers don’t hold on to moisture and will save you from over-soaking your laminate floors (and taking endless bucket trips.)
Sometimes dry-mopping is your best friend
You really should not get your Pergo floors too wet. They will lose durability and shine with constant over-soaking, which can also lead to warping. For day-to-day basic cleaning, you can simply dust your floors with a dry mop, or with just a little bit of water to dampen and no other cleaning product.
Choose a product that is specially designed for deep-cleaning so you won’t have to risk scratches or rust getting all over your floor. While some may recommend vacuuming, you run the risk of getting your floors scratched and the heat is also not beneficial for your floors. If you are concerned, cleaning Pergo floors is also a lot easier when you use a high-performance mop that is designed to reach the most difficult corners, but we’ll say more on that later. For especially difficult stains and spills, spray a cleaning solution in the specific area and then mop.
You should probably choose a machine washable mop
This is simple: Your mop should not live in a bucket, or be cleaned inside it. The more you leave your mop soaking in water, the less absorbent it will become. Choose a mop that is machine washable and make sure it gets dried naturally. It’s also important to store it under the right conditions: somewhere dry, but airy (NOT in a damp corner of your supply closet). And more importantly, don’t go for cheaper mops because the poorly-made fabric will only spread lint through the floors as you mop.
Choose a well-designed mop
This may seem like unnecessary advice, but sometimes we forget about practical usability when we go shopping. Home-cleaning is hard work, don’t choose a product if it weighs more than a newborn. When choosing the best mop for laminate floors, a light-weight product is key for efficient cleaning. Remember that you can’t be leaving your floors absorbing moisture for a long time, so speedy work here is key. You also need a mop that can reach those awkward corners around the house, so steer away from the rectangular-shaped sweepers commonly sold in grocery stores.
Think of the environment and sustainability
Yes, most of us agree that climate change is real and that most commercialized cleaning products are filled with toxic substances that no human should be around. Or pets! Small animals are especially prone to skin allergies due to living (and tumbling and fumbling) so close to the floor. Now, it’s hard to stay up to date on the latest chemical hazards. But you can use home-made cleaning solutions, or low-impact products, with an effective mop.
For a simple recipe, add one part vinegar to four parts water in a bottle and spray away. You can also add oils and essences, like mint and hibiscus, for a more fragrant result. If you chose Pergo flooring, you probably already know that it is more hygienic, durable and cuts down on CO2 emissions through the manufacturing process. So, you should choose products that follow the same standards of sustainability. You should never use bleach or abrasive cleaners on your laminate flooring. But with the right cleaning supplies, you will avoid health issues and help fight environmental degradation.