Cleaning Laminate Floors With a Steam Mop

Everyone loves the idea of fast and easy way of cleaning laminate wood floors with a steam mop. But have you ever used one on your beautiful laminate floor? In the majority cases the answer is no. and do you know why? Let’s take a look.

First we need to know what laminate really means. It is a manufactured flooring that resembles that of a natural hardwood floor made by pressing materials together. The layers that are mostly known include the top layer that protects the flooring, a picture of the texture of actual wood, a wood composite layer, a support layer that is structured, and lastly at the bottom, a moisture barrier. The laminate comes in squares which are clicked together and its installation does not require the use of glue.

Because the laminate has some natural mixtures and a glossy topcoat, you need to be very careful while cleaning because it is very sensitive to heat and moisture. The water might seep in between the layers and make them get loosen or peeled off too early than expected.

Recommendation From Manufacturers

Many manufacturers always recommend not to use steam mop to clean your laminate for the safety of your own floor. If you do against it you might void your warranty. Although steam mops can be used to clean laminate wood floors, as a cleaner you are required to use the lowest steam setting possible to prevent the steam from penetrating in between the wood like structures.

The warranty on some of the Armstrong laminates for instance state that “damage resulting from extreme exposure of temperatures or relative humidity is not covered”. Applying steam to laminate wood would weaken the material over time. The top coat of the laminate, which does the great job making your floor look beautiful and attractive will be worn away and loosened by the exposure of heat.

Armstrong does not recommend the use of steam mop on laminate wood floors because according to him steam generates a lot of moisture does not go together with laminate. For instance in a situation where you have used a glue on your laminate, the moisture will be enough to break the adhesive. And in a situation where glue has not been used, the edges of the laminate gets peaked and swelled.

So, how do you maintain laminate floors then?


  • Bucket of clean hot water.
  • Broom.
  • Sponge mob.
  • Laminate floor cleaner.
  • Vacuum with soft brush attachment.


  • First, sweep the floor using the broom to remove dust or debris.
  • Then using the vacuum with the soft brush attachment remove the dust that have accumulated in the corners.
  • Because the floor cleaner comes with the direction follow them and apply it on a small area.
  • Dip the sponge mop in the water making sure that you wring out the excess water and the apply it on the laminate wood floor.
  • Rinse the mop in clean water and repeat the steps 3 and 4 above.

You need to be careful of any metal in the moper lest you scratch your floor.

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