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Spring Into Cleaning Your Hardwood, Luxury Vinyl and Laminate Floors

Updated: Mar 20



As spring arrives, it's time to deep clean not only our homes but also our floors. So, what are the best practices for cleaning the floors you've invested in?


Recommended cleaning options for hardwood floors, luxury vinyl floors (also called LVT or LVP) and laminate floors typically involve gentle cleaning methods to protect the flooring's surface and finish. Here are some recommended cleaning options for each type of flooring:



  • Regular Dusting: Use a soft-bristle broom, dust mop, or vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment to remove dust, dirt, and debris from the floor's surface.

  • Damp Mopping: Use a well-wrung mop dampened with a solution of warm water and a pH-neutral hardwood floor cleaner. Avoid using excessive water, as it can damage the wood and cause warping or buckling.

  • Avoid Harsh Cleaners: Avoid using abrasive cleaners, vinegar, ammonia, or wax-based products on engineered hardwood floors, as they can damage the finish and dull the surface.

  • Quick Cleanup: Promptly wipe up spills and stains with a soft, slightly damp cloth to prevent them from penetrating the wood and causing damage.

  • Prevent Scratches: Place felt pads under furniture legs, use area rugs or mats in high-traffic areas, and avoid dragging heavy or sharp objects across the floor to prevent scratches and dents.



  • Regular Maintenance: Sweep or vacuum the floor regularly to remove dust, dirt, and debris.

  • Gentle Mopping: Use a damp mop with warm water and a mild, pH-neutral cleaner specifically formulated for vinyl floors. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as they can damage the floor's surface.

  • Spot Cleaning: For stubborn stains or spills, use a soft cloth or sponge dampened with warm water and mild detergent. Avoid using abrasive scrubbers or scouring pads, as they can scratch the floor.

  • Dry Thoroughly: After mopping or spot cleaning, dry the floor thoroughly with a clean, dry cloth to prevent water damage and streaking.



  • Regular Sweeping or Vacuuming: Remove loose dirt, dust, and debris from the floor's surface with a soft-bristle broom or vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment.

  • Damp Mopping: Use a well-wrung mop dampened with warm water and a mild, pH-neutral laminate floor cleaner. Avoid using excessive water, as it can seep into the seams and cause damage to the floor.

  • Spot Cleaning: For spills or stains, use a soft cloth or sponge dampened with warm water and mild detergent. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or scrubbing vigorously, as they can scratch the laminate surface.

  • Avoid Excess Moisture: Prevent water from standing on the floor for extended periods, and immediately wipe up spills to prevent moisture damage.


It's important to refer to the manufacturer's guidelines and recommendations for cleaning and maintenance specific to your flooring type to ensure optimal care and longevity. Additionally, always test any cleaning products or methods in an inconspicuous area before applying them to the entire floor to avoid potential damage.


A variety of cleaning products are available at CFM and will vary depending on the application, amount of traffic and use. Please consult an CFM representative for more information.

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