How To Clean Floating Floorboards?

May 9, 2024
How To Clean Floating Floorboards?

Floating floorboards are those that are laid without any direct attachment to their subfloor. They are usually attached to each other with a tongue-and-groove method without any glue or nails. This style of installation makes floating floorboards one of the easiest to install, especially for homeowners choosing to DIY.

However, even if they are a convenient option, they too bear wear and tear and need regular cleaning. Fortunately, cleaning floating floorboards is not that difficult, and you’ll just need the right steps to do it properly. Here is how you can clean them at home to keep them in tip-top shape.

5 Steps To Clean Floating Floorboards

⇒ Gather The Supplies

Before you start cleaning, you’ll need to have the right cleaning supplies ready. Proper tools and solutions will help in effective cleaning and maintenance of your wood floors. Here is what you need:

  • A vacuum cleaner or a dust mop
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Mild dishwashing soap
  • Water
  • A bowl and a bucket
  • A commercial cleaner (safe for floor type) (optional)
  • White distilled vinegar
  • A microfiber mop (for damp mopping)

⇒ Clean The Dry Dust First

Start by cleaning the dry dirt and grit from your floating floorboards first. You can use a vacuum cleaner or a dust mop for that. Avoid using a traditional broom for sweeping as it can push the dust between the floorboards.

If you’re using a vacuum cleaner, make sure you have it in the hard floor setting. Detach any brush or beater bar attachment to avoid scratching your floors.

When dust mopping your floor, choose the one with microfiber cloth as that will better collect minute dirt particles from the surface.

⇒ Tackle Stains On The Floating Floorboards

After cleaning the surface with dust mopping or vacuuming, treat any stains on your floor. Cleaning up stains and spills as soon as they happen is ideal. But if you are left with any, now is the time to clean them.

A mild dish soap solution will work for regular stains.

Take a bowl of plain water and add in a few drops of dish soap. Take a fresh microfiber cloth, dip it into the bowl and wring it well. Now begin blotting and wiping the stained area on the floorboard. Finally, give it a clean-water rinse before wiping it with dry cloth.

⇒ Damp Mop The Floors

After treating the stains, you can start damp mopping your floating floorboards for a deeper cleanup. Choose a microfiber mop head instead of a sponge mop to avoid overwetting.

Additionally, it’s important to note that you need to clean your floating floors as per their type. They can be generally made up of laminate, engineered wood, or luxury vinyl planks.

If you wish to use a commercial stain remover, choose a non-harsh product that’s safe for its type.

For a homemade alternative that can work for most floor types, add a gallon of water into the mopping bucket and mix in one cup of white vinegar. Dip the mop and wring it well so it’s just damp and not sopping wet. Begin cleaning the floorboards while frequently dipping and wringing the mop into the solution.

⇒ Dry Mop At Last

After damp mopping, go over your floors with a dry mop to absorb all the moisture left by the previous step. Take a fresh microfiber cloth and wipe them well to dry them thoroughly. This step is especially crucial for floating floorboards as any leftover moisture can seep into their subfloor and cause mould issues later.

What To Ensure While Cleaning Floating Floorboards?

  • Floating floorboards can be of various types; clean them as per their type.
  • Don’t use harsh cleaners.
  • Use soft tools for cleaning to avoid scratches. (Detach beater bar of vacuum)
  • Avoid heat-based cleaning for floating floors.
  • Limit water usage to prevent seepage into subfloor.

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